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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A beautiful mind – mapping the music tours of Australia

Image_A Beautiful Mind

Just the other day I was reading the popular Australian music website fasterlouder.com.au and I came across an article that I found interesting. It was discussing the frustration live music fans have with bands not touring in areas outside the east coast of Australia. The original reddit post was made by Luke Penman – he drew this map to describe his frustration:
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Homemade Raspberry Pi Indoor Wi-Fi Analytics

Recently I have been working with the Raspberry Pi kit computer to create a homemade indoor Wi-Fi Analytics solution just like momma used to make. For those of you who don’t know; Raspberry Pi is the name of a particular type of mini kit computer you can buy that runs Linux – and not a delicious type of pie!

Raspberry Pi

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Just a suggestion

Map MarkerPreviously I talked about the place/suggest service which allows you to input text and get suggested results based on that input.

I’ve pulled together a guide to show you how to make a request to the suggest service, and then use the returned coordinates to place a marker on a map. I’ve used leaflet for this which is an open source solution.

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The final frontier (part 3 of the Dynamic Tiling saga)

Previously I spoke about the Dynamic Tile Service and how it creates tile images in real-time; its ability to easily create custom styles and colours for maps; and, its ability to tile point and polygon data sets.

In this post I will be talking about how the Dynamic Tile Service can further solve Big Data problems by allowing users to view thousands of interactive features such as pop-ups showing point detail instantly when the browser loads using the UTFGrid JSON web service.

As we have previously stated, viewing Big Data on a map brings a unique set of challenges to web based applications as browsers cannot process massive data sets all at once, instantly. This leaves users waiting for information to load and is probably contributing to the bounce rate of many web-based map applications.

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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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