Stirling-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) company thinkWhere has launched theMapCloud, a new cloud-based platform for geographic data.
theMapCloud is a fully-managed, secure, cloud-based spatial data infrastructure, which the company claims offers Platform (PaaS), Data (DaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) capabilities.
The service was designed for organisations that require access to, and sharing of, geographic datasets.
Digital maps and geographic data are currently held in a wide range of formats and structures across different organisations, making data sharing difficult, if not impossible. theMapCloud offers a solution aimed at national and local government, infrastructure companies, map publishers and utilities. In addition, thinkWhere has also created software and services to help organisations migrate to theMapCloud.
theMapCloud offers datasets from various publishers as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant web services including Web Map Service (WMS) & Web Map Tile Service (WMTS). Datasets at launch include Great Britain-wide Ordnance Survey commercial and open products such as OS MasterMap and OS Open Map Local. Other publishers include OpenStreetMap where the full UK dataset has been re-projected to British National Grid and is available as a data service.
theMapCloud was developed over a period of two years in conjunction with a number of key stakeholders across the UK and USA. It has already been implemented by the Scottish Government to provide access to mapping for approximately 100 members of the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA). Other adopters include the British Library, US-based Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and the humanitarian NGO, People In Need.
thinkWhere has also used theMapCloud to launch mapTrunk, an online store, offering OS MasterMap data, as well as providing the company’s other GIS products, Location Centre and groundMapper, directly from theMapCloud platform.
Originally Forth Valley GIS, thinkWhere started in 1993 providing services to Central Regional Council. Following local government reorganisation, the organisation began developing a shared GIS service for three unitary authorities (Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire). In 2007 the company began operating as an arms-length commercial operation and rebranded as thinkWhere in 2007.
The company now plans to extend the range of geographic and digital map data available on theMapCloud, as well as provide a growing range of data, analytics and software services.