About Basemaps

A basemap is a map depicting background reference information such as landforms, roads, landmarks, and political boundaries. Basemaps come in a variety of types, styles, and scales, from full detail for reference to understated ‘background’ styles. Basemap data can be overlain with your data, to provide contextual mapping. This allows for intuitive and informative outputs, enabling faster decision-making.

 


 

Benefits

  • Provides context for your own data, enabling visualisation and analysis, and increasing its value
  • Enables editing and spatial based calculations
  • Customisable data representation to meet your business needs



 

Raster Mapping

Raster mapping data can be used as a background map over which other datasets such as points or polygons can be overlaid. Raster data provides contextual mapping, allowing for intuitive and informative outputs, enabling faster decision-making. Raster base maps provide a cartographic stylised background that is suitable for viewing at a limited scale range.


OS VectorMap Local Raster
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OS 1:25,000 Raster
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OS 1:50,000 Raster
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OS OpenData Raster
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LPS Rasters


 

Vector Mapping

Vector mapping data comes in a variety of styles and scales, from full detail for reference, to understated ‘background’ styles. Vector mapping data can be overlain with your data, to provide contextual mapping. This allows for intuitive and informative outputs, enabling faster decision-making.

Vector mapping allows differs from raster mapping and imagery in that the symbology of the base maps to be customised, and features can be queried and selected as all features (points, lines, and polygons) have attributes associated with them.


OS MasterMap Topographic Layer
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OS VectorMap Local
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OS OpenData Vectors
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LPS Large Scale
 

 


Collins Bartholomew UK & Ireland Explorer