Connecting custom data to design has always been a confusing and difficult
part of making maps. You need to grapple with file formats, projections,
weak metadata, and multiple applications just to put data on a map.
We’re reimagining this from the perspective of Mapbox GL
and our platform of APIs: what if visualizing
custom data was a seamless experience, and a gateway into managing geospatial
data in the cloud, organized and scaled effortlessly?
Making a map with Amsterdam’s UNESCO
Shapefile. The file is in a local projection, EPSG:28992, but Mapbox’s
API autodetects this, reprojects, and produces efficient vector tiles.
The Shapefile is processed within a minute and accessible through the same
interface: adding it to the map immediately shows the desired area.
Because the entire map is styled on the fly with Mapbox GL,
the age-old problem of placing the visualization at the right place in the stack
is thoroughly solved: by dragging the layer through the list of layers,
the world heritage layer can appear above or below roads, buildings, water,
or any other feature type.