Smart city portal for planned and ongoing changes visualization

Geoapify technology can greatly simplify the implementation of smart city initiatives and significantly lower the implementation time and costs. We provide a comprehensive, well-integrated set of features including map-based data visualization, spatial analytics, as well as data collection and storage.

Smart city portal for improved transparency and outreach with open data and citizen services could be one of the most efficient ways for local authorities to show their support for digitalization. It could both improve transparency and outreach with open data and citizen services, and help authorities to collect valuable feedback from the people.

Sample smart city event map
Sample smart city event map

In many cases, you don’t even need to implement anything. With our Mapifator Map Builder, you can start mapping and visualizing data right away – it is easy to use and does not require any special technical skills. Thanks to the user-friendly interface, you can quickly add places, areas, routes together with text and media. Resulting interactive maps can be easily added or embed into the existing city website.

When necessary, Geoapify Platform APIs for maps, data storage and analytics offer more advanced integration options and enables the creation of feature-rich smart city portals, websites, and dashboards. For instance, it is possible to utilize the power of crowd-sourcing by offering mobile application and website that allows people to report problems and improvement suggestions.

We provide everything you need to collect, reliably and securely store, query and visualize such data. Our solutions can be deployed in the public cloud, on dedicated managed servers or completely on-premise, running on your infrastructure.

5 Steps to create a map with pins

Visualize multiple locations on a map with beautiful and interactive pins. It’s very simple with Mapifator Map Story! In this article, we tell you how to create maps with attractive markers and multiple locations with ease and no coding only in 5 Steps.

Preconditions

You need to register in Mapifator and create a new map. You may have a question if it’s free or not. So the answer is “Yes! It’s free for small map stories! Even for commercial use!” We have a freemium model, so start creating a map for free and extend when you need it.

Step 1. Prepare places data

Mapifator Map Story allows creating maps and visualizing places on it. Place in Mapifator is not only a location but also interesting and useful information, attached media and even actions. To make a map quick and easy we recommend to prepare some data before you start.

Here is an example of data we prepared for the “Top 10 most popular National Parks in the USA” map story:

NameLocationDescriptionYoutube videosExternal links
Great Smoky MountainsGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, United States of AmericaRecreation Visits in 2018: 11,421,200
As a part of the Appalachian Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains contain more than 850 miles (1,370 km) of hiking trails…
https://youtu.be/
poyWuEA6HT0
https://www.nps.gov/
grsm/index.htm
Grand CanyonGrand Canyon, United States of AmericaRecreation Visits in 2018: 6,380,495
Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River…
https://youtu.be/
dGGWu_noS3w
https://www.nps.gov/
grca/index.htm
Images for the map with pins

If you place to add some pictures to the map, it’s better to prepare them as well. A place in the Mapifator can have a few images attached. We recommend adapting picture sizes to the web and having pictures with the same aspect ratio. We use 450px width pictures for our map stories.

Moreover, Mapifator allows adding some general information and pictures (logos) about the map, prepare it as well. You can prepare this data as well. For example like that:

NameDescriptionLinks
Top 10 most popular National Parks in the USAThere are 61 protected areas in the United States knows as National Parks. More than 85 Million people visited Parks in 2018. You can find 10 the most popular ones in this Map Storyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States

Step 2. Create markers and tags

With Mapifator you can create very beautiful markers for your places. You can use default one or create a set of markers for the places you want to visualize.

Markers and tags for the map
Map Story markers

To add new Markers and Tags go to the “Settings” menu. You can always change the design of your markers and tags later, so all pins on a map will be automatically redrawn.

Mapifator tags help you to provide information about a place in a compact and informative form. For example, you can add tags like “Fishing”, “Walking”, “Swimming” and show their icons when providing the place description. In addition, tags are used as filters on a map. So your customers could have quick access to places with the tag feature.

Tags and tag filters

With Mapifator you can add text and icons to tags and specify a color.

Furthermore, some tags could be added to the map description and appear as the main place filters for your map.

Step 3. Add places and map information to the map

When the main job is done, it takes only a few moments to get a map with pins and integrate it into your website or application.

Add places data in the “Places” menu. You can specify also an order of the places there.

In the Place Editor, you can add prepared data and media, specify tags for each place.

Similarly, add map information and define tag filters.

In addition, you can add information about the map owner and an external link as the main action for the map. This could be, for example, a link to your website or another resource.

If you use some media that requires attribution, in Mapifator you can add all required labels and links to make your map compatible with the license conditions.

Step 4. Define a design for your map

Mapifator allows you to choose between several layouts for your map story.

Define a design for the Map Story by selecting one for the Map Information, List Item and Place view.

Map layouts

In addition, you can choose colors for your map story, that fill the best to your website or application design.

Note! Mapifator maps are already prepared for the mobile view, so the chosen layouts could look different on small devices. With the help of preview buttons, you can check how the map adjusts to different screen sizes.

Step 5. Share or embed your Map Story

Congratulations! Your map is ready for your customers!

Just click the “Share / Embed” button to get the share link or embed code.

Mapifator provides Map Stories as maps and articles. Choose the view you like the most!

Quickstart quide

Tell your map story with Mapifator

Map story, places map, interactive map… It could have different names! But with Mapifator – our new map builder, you can create all of them. Geoapify offers you an opportunity to combine places, text, media with GIS maps, so it turns out into an interactive map story.

Share the created map story with your friends, customers or integrate it into your website or application.

Why a map story?

Almost all data has a location component. In other words, if data could be associated with one or several places, it can be shown on a map.

The map completes the data with visual representation, understanding about the size, position and distances. It allows visualizing the data in a more natural, attractive and engaging way. So the result could be interpreted as a picture, amination and interactive map.

For example, one of our demo maps “Top 25 innovative cities Outlook 2019” by A.T. Kearney, Inc. is based on data originally represented as a table:

Top 25 innovative cities Outlook 2019

But it shapes into attractive marketing, research, and demo tool when it’s represented as a map:

Show places and related information

A place in Mapifator is a combination of location and related information. With Mapifator you can define the place location with location input or on a map. Add interesting text about the place, attach pictures and videos. You can also create call actions with external links that appear as buttons.

Edit a place in a map story builder
Edit a place in Mapifator

Places in Mapifytor Map Story are ordered, so a user can navigate them with arrow buttons on map controls.

Choose the map and controls design

With Mapifator you can customize your Map Story to fit it into your Website or Application design. At the moment you can choose different map styles, define controls layout, and setup icons for places markers.

Map types in Map Story builder
Map types in the Map Story builder

Add amenities and geometries

Not only places can be defines in Mapifator. You can add amenities and geometries to your Map Story.

There could arise a question – What is the difference between amenities and places? Well, the concept is a bit different. Amenity is some location, which you would like to mention or highlight on a map. For example, it could be airports or train stations, and hotels near the place. They could have a name and sometimes buttons with external links.

The same as amenities, geometries are lines or polygons on a map, which could give some additional information for your users. In Mapifator you can add administrative or political boundaries, routes, and custom lines and polygons as geometries.

Add geometries in the Map Story builder
Add geometries in Mapifator

Both amenities and geometries could be independent and visible for any place or related to a place. Those will appear on a map only when the place is selected. Moreover, you can hide amenities on small zoom levels and make them appear on a map only from a defined zoom level.

Create a map story for free

We offer a Freemium model for Mapifytor maps. Create a map story for free and share it with your users, customers or colleagues. Our pricing depends on map views and usage. Extend the plan when you need it.