This article is brought to you by HERE XYZ.
Maps are a powerful medium to tell a story and draw insights that would otherwise stay hidden in spreadsheets and databases. However, creating a map from geospatial data has been a cumbersome and lengthy process. HERE XYZ, a new cloud-based map making service from HERE Technologies, the world’s #1 location platform takes away that hassle. It provides professional and novice map makers, as well as software developers the tools needed for effortless map publication and geospatial data management. We want to empower professionals to make sense of the vast and diverse amounts of data that is out there in the public as well as private domain. This is at the heart of HERE XYZ.
Creating powerful visualizations
Putting data on a map is one thing, but one of the most valuable aspects of visualization is pulling data from multiple sources and breaking the resulting information free of unintuitive merged databases and number charts. By creating maps, complex data from different sources gets contextualized using the common denominator, location (X and Y coordinates), and becomes more intuitive. Designers at Stamen combined data from three different sources to create a worldwide map of immigration/emigration starting from 1990 and extending to present day.
Explore the Migration pattern map: https://heremaps.github.io/xyz-showcase/migration-patterns/#4/33.10/46.93
The real-time nature of HERE XYZ’s dynamic tiling capability is indispensable for publishing maps that require live updates. While convenience is an obvious motivation for using HERE XYZ, the scalability of managing geospatial data is what will really set up GIS specialists and professional mapmakers for success. Your location data is immediately available, scales up with your needs and is served up live, regardless of whether you upload a few points or very large datasets. All of this without the need for special setup, as HERE has taken care of all the necessary infrastructure.
The service behind HERE XYZ is included in the HERE Freemium plan. Turn the raw data from your city or community’s open data portals into insights or, using your own dataset, get started with making maps with HERE XYZ Studio in less than a few minutes. Be sure to share your maps with the community by mentioning @heredev on Twitter. Sign up for free