NPMap can consume base map tiles from many different sources, although not all of these tilesets are available under an existing National Park Service license agreement. The table below lists some of the base maps supported by NPMap and includes information on whether National Park Service users can legally access tiles served from the different vendors.
This list changes as projects fund access to new services and support for providers is added to the library, so please check back here regularly to ensure compliance with current NPS policies. You can also subscribe to our blog's feed or our mailing list to keep up-to-date.
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The National Park Service has access to the Bing Maps base maps, for public-facing usage only, through an enterprise license agreement with Microsoft. NPMap consumes tiles from the Bing Maps base maps in two ways:
- Directly when the
bingbase API is being used
- Via the Bing Maps Imagery API when the
modestmapsbase APIs are being used
If you are not an NPS employee, partner, or contractor, you must obtain and use your own Bing Maps application key when requesting base map tiles from Microsoft's servers. Obtaining and specifying your own Bing Maps credentials is outlined in the credentials section of the
bing base API documentation.
The National Park Service has access to Esri's base maps through an enterprise license agreement.
If you are not an NPS employee, partner, or contractor, you are responsible for your web map's usage of Esri's base map tiles.
The National Park Service has access to the MapBox base maps through an enterprise license agreement.
If you are not an NPS employee, partner, or contractor, you must sign up for your own MapBox account and configure your web map to consume layers from your account. You can get started on the MapBox web site.
The National Park Service is in the process of licensing MapQuest base map tiles. Check back soon.
Stamen's base map tiles are freely available for anyone to use. They do, however, ask that you include an attribution credit on your web map:
Map tiles by <a href="http://stamen.com">Stamen Design</a>, under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0">CC BY 3.0</a>. Data by <a href="http://openstreetmap.org">OpenStreetMap</a>, under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY SA</a>.
You can find more info on the maps.stamen.com website.