Tiled map layers are an important part of the digital mapping stack, since Google and others introduced their slippy maps quite some time ago. There’s a huge ecosystem of (open source) software for creating and hosting tiles for your custom mapping project. In this tutorial, I want to share what I learned while setting up a tileserver for our projects at Geolicious.
Some days ago NASA has released “Black Marble”, an image of the world by night, a combination of photos taken by a new satellite. Its name was chosen according to the “Blue Marble” image, released several years ago. I like this very much and I decided to make a nice map from it in Tilemill and publish it here. If you want to know how I did it, read on.