Best 10 Open Source Web Mapping Tools that trend for 2017

Best 10 Open Source Web Mapping Tools that trend for 2017
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In last years, the arrival of Web Mapping can be considered as a major new trend in cartography. Web Mapping has become usual within organizations and its usage continues to grow. Normally organizations use Web Mapping tools in order to improve access to geographic information across the enterprise or for particular project work.
If you're looking to get started with web mapping, there are many open source tools which are better fit to specific needs, whether those needs are displaying something very basic with minimal overhead, or a complex application with many diverse components and integrations.
The goal of this list is to provide basic information about the best open source web mapping tools every GIS specialist or cartographer should consider in 2017.

2. OpenLayers

OpenLayers is a front-end UI library for creating web-based spatial apps using javascript. It supports a variety of layer sources and backends. For example, map tiles can be pulled from GoogleMaps or from a custom tile source. The advantage this brings is that it enables developers to reuse elements such as tile sources, and focus instead on the more unique aspects of their application such as the “business logic”. Default components such as tile sources can easily be swapped out at a later time. It supports bitmap and vector layers, including points, lines and polygons. One of its most widely used features is the ability to overlay data layers on top of base maps.

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  1. … and Google Maps? I like LefletJS and TurfJS, but Google Maps is a very good tool!

  2. What about GISFile? The open web mapping service for public maps with open source JS tools and GPS server.

  3. No Mapserver? The Oldest one out there?

    or GeoMoose?

    • MapServer is a whole platform for publishing web maps, we are just talking here about tools that allow developing web mapping applications.

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