The possibilities for using the online maps are wide and there are lots of things that you can map.
Some maps are just for fun, others address community needs, and others can save lives. Some map projects are adding new and new users, others are closed for a few people or are just private for individual mapping purposes. If you’ve decided to put energy into creating your own map, that’s great, and we’re here to help you with your map project.
Research, research, research
Every time we try to do something like this, it pays out to spend time with preparation. Information on the subject itself as well as the possibilities of its processing on the map can help us a lot. As a basis, we recommend spending some time with googling and searching for information around the topic. Especially if the map going to be public and you want it to serve a wider group of users, it’s important to get to know the area. So, pick the keywords that characterize your project and try to find a combination with the word “map” or online map. And it doesn’t have to be just maps, but projects that cover the whole issue, for example in the form of discussion groups or Facebook groups. This case is more of an advantage for you, because you can join these groups and work together on a map project or use them for promotion in the future.
Even if you find an existing map, it doesn’t have to mean that it doesn’t make sense to create your own. There may also be maps with a similar topic within Mapotic itself. However, each may be grasped differently, have different goals, or target different groups and look at things from different angle. So, you can use the existing project as a form of inspiration, you can do it differently and better.
Specifically, or in general?
In short, the more specific map, the more suitable Mapotic is. There are huge map projects of established companies where “maps of everything” are created. For all, we’ll mention the largest open source map project “Open Street Maps”. Replacing or recreating something like this does not make sense. But if you want to establish a map of the occurrence of dragonflies and categorize them according to the length of the wings, Mapotic is much more suitable for you. In addition to the categories, you can create your own structure of recorded information (attributes) and choose whether to invite all or just a small community of people interested in dragonflies.
For yourself or for everyone?
You can set up a map for yourself or for a group of defined people (for the access to the map you only need to be registered on Mapotic and add their email in the map settings). But Mapotic’s main strength is in community maps and crowdsourcing. That is, the broad community of people contributing with their content and looking to add new places. Together, this creates a value that an individual could hardly create. You can also create a map that everyone can watch but cannot contribute to – just select whether you allow adding places, comments, etc. You can set the map so that users can add a place, but you as a map manager must approve it.
Locally or globally?
If you decide to map something that users across the globe do or if you want to share with multilingual users in the future, it is important to consider mapping in English (or any other language). On the other hand, starting with English written map project in Czech Republic, map which you will share among Czech-speaking users, may not be the smartest choice. Consider the real possibilities of communicating and promoting the map. Mapotic is not supporting the multilingualism of one map yet, and due to its great complexity, we do not know any project in the world that could do it. Anyway, the language and name of the map is something that is difficult to change at later stages.
Free versus premium
At Mapotic you can have your own map with many useful features completely free. However, if your project has marketing ambitions, you need to work in a team or want to use premium features, consider the premium version with full support, consultations and many useful features. One of the main features is multi-user map management, detailed statistics, map operation on your own domain, uploading custom logos and color settings, marketing tools for working with users etc. If you are interested, click on the Pricing page.
If you have an interesting idea and you are not sure about it or if you’ve any questions, we will be more than happy to hear from you.