Fully hosted cloud-based open source platform and spatial data infrastructure

Reduce your operational GIS overheads using theMapCloud Platform as a Service (PaaS), Data as a Service (DaaS) and Software as a Service (Saas) capabilities.

Product Summary

You can use theMapCloud to build new and innovative applications using it’s existing capabilities or by developing brand new ones. A good example of this is our own online map shop “mapTrunk”.

As a hosted geospatial platform, theMapCloud contains a suite of fully managed geographic datasets which can accessed and analysed over the Cloud.

Under the hood

Python, Flask, POstgreSQL, PostGIS, GeoServer, MapProxy…just a few of our specialisms at thinkWhere, and a few of the key open source technologies behind “theMapCloud”.

Hosted third party data

Data available through theMapCloud includes all the very latest data from Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap and a selection of data from other third party data suppliers such as public sector organisations. Web Services available.


  • Platform as a Service / PaaS / Cloud Hosting
  • Data as a Service / DaaS / Cloud Hosting
  • Software as a Service / SaaS / Cloud Software
  • Analytics as a Service / AaaS / Cloud Analytics
  • Access to a broad selection of Commercial and OpenData products
  • OGC compliant web services (WMS, WFS and WMTS)
  • Colour and greyscale data versions available


  • Uses best of breed cloud and open source technologies
  • Highly secure
  • Flexible, reliable, scalable and highly performant platform
  • Development with no impact on customer applications
  • Immediate access to new features and system enhancements
  • Data maintained in line with supplier updates
  • HTTP RESTful standards compliant API
  • Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure

Our Customers Say

theMapCloud offers LDLs a resource that is easy to deploy to reading rooms and is open source for our future development needs. Whatever datasets we receive in future, the system will be able to read and process these, as well as have the capacity to grow storage flexibly, as required. theMapCloud and the project in general underpin a significant element of the future for LDL map collections. The implementation of Non-Print Legal Deposit will allow the LDLs to provide access to a growing body of map content published in the UK. The excitement of the project will only continue in coming years as we reach out to more customers and grow the scope of the resource, a significant undertaking that the scalability of theMapCloud makes possible.

Phil Hatfield Lead Curator, Digital Mapping

The British Library