What makes a map or a project good?
If you ever asked yourself this question, you probably have an answer to it that is applicable to the audience you make projects/maps for. The more you create projects the more you realize that you have to think as an end user rather than the map creator. For instance, what I find visually appealing or what makes sense to me, doesn’t mean that the person or clients I am making the project for will have the same idea of what makes sense to them.
What is equally important for the project creator and end user?
And so, while there are a lot of scenarios how to make your projects visually attractive, simple and interactive (all of which you can do with GIS Cloud apps), I wanted to discuss a feature that is equally important for project creator as well as the end user.
It’s all about the speed.
With the much known words: I feel the need, the need for speed’ we enter the world of high speed mapping performance. When you think about it…last thing you want is a crashing map/project. Let’s say you uploaded big data sets, and I mean big raster and vector data with >500 000 features (see Austin building footprints) or Aerial Imagery (like 8 of them), and on top of that you overlaid some other raster types of data…ALL in one map/project. And YES, it doesn’t crash?! Check out the video below.
How to safely upload big data?
Every user can access and maintain their data by connecting to GIS Cloud with FTP and SFTP clients. Just connect to sftp.giscloud.com with your favorite FTP or SFTP software and use GIS Cloud credentials to login. Access through FTP and SFTP offers you a new way of syncing your data with the GIS Cloud. System automatically recognizes if file has been updated and it seamlessly updates all map project and layers that are depending on that file. So once your project is configured you can set a system that automatically access your GIS Cloud storage through (S)FTP and uploads and replaces files. After that your projects will be instantly refreshed with new data without a need for any additional steps.