Building your Foundation Map tool kit

At MapData Services we’re constantly trying to expand the number of APIs and tools through which you can access our Foundation Map. Today I’m going to talk about using the Esri ArcGIS API for JavaScript to display the MDS Foundation Map.

The best place to start is to jump right into the MapData Services API documentation where you will find useful information on functionality, security and example code. We will be using the “Tile” API endpoint, I have included a screenshot to demonstrate how to navigate to this page.

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Turbo Charging Foundation Map

Sometimes you feel the need for speed. At MapData Services we’re always looking for ways to improve our products and services. Recently, we’ve introduced a change to our Foundation Map that has massively improved the performance by up to 60 per cent in some instances…

The need for speed

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The foundations of a great base map

The MDS Foundation Map brings an accurate, high quality digital base map to Australia and New Zealand. With the flexibility to work with other platforms such as ArcGIS Online.

Setting up the MDS Foundation Map to work with ArcGIS is a relatively simple process.

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If you can dream it, we can map it!

Today is exciting! Why I hear you say? Well today is the day we change the way in which we see our world in maps, and bring power back to the cartographer and their visions. We’ve launched our new Foundation Map.

I’ve been designing the look and feel of MapData Services’ maps now for more years than I care to remember, and I have always had to be conscious of trying to develop a style that will satisfy a broad range of requirements within a single map – juggling the requirements of many, in reality means probably only meeting the needs of a few.

In my world, the time it takes to create millions of map tile images means we’ve been a little gun-shy on offering up customised design for each client or offering, it was all (simply put), too much!

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