In Mapsdata, you will find an application based on layers of data that are openly available, overlaid alongside data which you have uploaded which is proprietary to you. We are open in our development and support the development of new and innovative products that also adopt an open or freemium approach to development.
OpenStreetMap is a publicly available map that anyone can edit and use. If you spot a mistake on the map, or think that you could make it better with your local knowledge then we encourage you to join an ever expanding community of like-minded people and edit it yourself. If you haven’t already done so then you can register here.
We also use SRTM data for terrain.
We geocode ZIP codes thanks to a database derived from public domain sources and released freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license by CivicSpace Labs, Inc.
We geocode UK postcodes thanks to data available under the Open Government License:
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013
Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2013
MapProxy is an open source proxy for geospatial data and we use it to cache, accelerate and transform data.
We also use PostgreSQL for creating the GIS database.
PostGIS is also used to provide spatial objects for the PostgreSQL database, allowing storage and query of information about location and mapping.
Tilemill for styling maps.
The design of our maps is © Inquiron.
We use, or have used, many amazing tools in the development of our current and past applications and would like to attribute the following, which we recommend if you’re interested in programming, GIS, or graphic design:
- Foundation for the design of great user-interfaces.
- JQuery for client side scripting
- PHP for server side scripting
- Python for programming
- MySQL for databasing
- Apache for Web Server
- The Noun Project for inspiring iconography
- The Twitter API for serving georeferenced Tweets
- The World Bank API for the most forward thinking delivery of spatial data.
- DIVA-GIS for desktop GIS
- QGIS for desktop GIS
The data accessed through the “Search” menu is from the World Bank open data portal. It is free to copy, distribute, adapt, display or include in other products for commercial and noncommercial purposes.