Geospatial Platform – Cartographic Tool for the Masses
There is a new and powerful cartographic tool available to all. The Geospatial Platform is the joint product of the federal government and its geospatial partners. You can build your own maps – at your own scale, from local to regional to nationwide - using base maps and thematic data. The Platform provides 12 base maps, ranging from aerial-satellite imagery to topo base to road maps. Forty-nine thematic layers are now available with more to come later.
Examples of available themes:
NOAA Nautical Charts, Housing Affordability Index, US-FWS Critical Habitat, World Topographic Map, PLSS, Landsat 7 Orthoimagery, Surface management, and dozens more.
You can add your own data, too.
In the space of a minute, I build a critical habitat map for the Coronado National Forest.
In the hands of teachers, the Geospatial Platform could be a powerful tool to combat the growing problem of map illiteracy in the U.S.
For more information see yesterday’s Dept. of the Interior press release .