Alternative Mapping Systems: Scribble Maps

It is a while since I have written about maps and mapping services. One of my themes over the last few years has been the impact that new technology will have over conventional maps, with the ability to create new maps from satellite information. I’m still convinced this is the future of mapping and that — over time- conventional map mappers are going to have a hard time.

This is the latest serve that I have come across — Scribble Maps.

Scribble allows you to create a variety of different types of maps, including topographical maps. the site now allows you to play around with demo software and to create your own maps. I created a map of the Cairngorms and — in an area like that — it might be ll you need.

we are some way off these becoming a real challenge to the Ordnance Survey and the like, but I suspect the real challenge is not so much technical as finding a business model that works!

There’s not much information about Scribble on their site — if anybody knows about them, get in touch.

 Scribble Maps


  1. Thanks! I’ll take a look 🙂 PW

  2. Hello,

    What kind of information are you looking for? We have actually been around for awhile, coming up on 8 years. To a lot we are kind of hidden secret in the mapping world, though month over month we are putting on more users and we have had some high profile users in the last 6 months. We are very focus on user feedback, and if you scroll through our update log almost all features started as a user feature request.

    I thought I would talk about map data a bit because this seems to be an interest. Map data has really been improving in the last several years, in particular Open Street Map data. We now actually run our own open street map server and this has given us a lot of freedom to start doing things that no one else is doing. For instance if you pick the “scribble tool” we have an option for automatic road snapping, this is something we leverage our OSM server for.

    Our topography map is also derived from OSM data. The primary issue is since this data is derived from a crowd, they tend to focus on more popular areas. This is a bit different from map data creators who are paid to develop data. However, a lot of government data is being opened up as well and this helps supplement gaps and make OSM data more detailed in general. OSM data actually outshines google map data in some places, OSM tends to have better walking path mapping.

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