Contents tagged with Mapnik
June 23, 2015
## 1. Introduction
The unprecedented growth of different cartographic web services (Google Maps, Here Maps, Bing Maps, Navteq, Mapbox, CartoDB etc.) and the availability of a huge variety of user-defined maps have rapidly expanded the distribution of maps. The most common way of distributing maps through internet is using a [web map tile service](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Map_Tile_Service) (WMTS). WMTS is a standard protocol for serving a set of pre-rendered georeferenced map images, called tiles, over the Internet. The most obvious benefit of a tile based approach is that map tiles can be prepared (rendered) beforehand at any location. Use of tile caches increases the performance and scalability of map services significantly.
Nowadays, a great variety of software packages for …