Seeking xyz basemap catalog?

Seeking xyz basemap catalog?

I've been using cartodb odyssey.js for a couple of months and the{x}&y={y}&z={z} XYZ basemap has sufficed so far. However, I'm working on a location that doesn't seem to be covered beyond zoom 13 and the resolution is not good at zoom 13.

Is there a list of possible alternatives out there?

The current Google Earth data is super high resolution but I can't find it as a basemap. I've also tried the Nokia Day option but the area I'm looking at is cloud covered.

This is the map story I've made. There's some great answers below but I can't find anything that allows me to zoom in close enough without cloud cover problems. Unsurprising as the park is a cloud forest. The current google earth imagery is very good but short of making my own tiles from that none of the free options are satisfactory right now. It would need to be satellite imagery rather than hillshade etc.

This is a cool tool that lets you check out different basemap providers and gives you the references to the tiles for your code. It's based on leaflet but could still be helpful to you. leaflet basemap provider demo

ESRI has some great base maps: ESRI Base maps (check licensing)

Mapbox has some great base maps: Mapbox Base Maps (paid service)

Mapquest has some great base maps: Mapquest Base Maps

Use QGIS with QMetaTiles to generate XYZ/TMS or MBTILES. DATA from local and or both online data I like Mapzen OpenStreetMap served data.

QGIS allows connect to an XYZ Source or WMTS or use open layers plugin to add other basemaps

Geographic Information Science, M.S.

The Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (M.S. GIS) is a technology-enriched 39-credit graduate degree offered in both Winona, Minnesota and Minneapolis, Minnesota campuses. The degree is intended to prepare learners with robust knowledge of cutting-edge geospatial technology, research, and contextual applications to help meet increasing workplace demands for efficient technology use and geospatial decision making.

Learners are exposed to the latest software, technology, and resources for applied geographic information systems (GIS) and related technologies in fields such as natural resources, business intelligence, emergency management, surveying, urban planning, programming, public safety, and project management. In addition, experiences are enhanced by enveloping theory, research, law, and grant writing around the core emphasis of the degree. The principle focus of the degree is rooted strongly in science and technology applications whereby learners expand their knowledge of the latest in geospatial data development, analysis, and data evaluation.

The program is structured to help maximize all experience levels and backgrounds – whether a person has a rich background in GIS or is completely new to the field. With geospatial technology’s ability to be applied to limitless fields and its increasing demand as a current and emerging career, it is a valuable science to possess within the digital technology era. 

The Master of Science in Geographic Information Science program is no longer accepting students into the program. Please see the new program taking its place: Master of Science in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Use and analyze geospatial data.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in data collection and database administration.
  3. Develop custom applications and scripts to optimize GIS functionality. 
  4. Engage in complex critical thinking.
  5. Design effective research and communication.
  6. Plan and implement processes for managing technical projects.
  7. Evaluate ethical and legal implications of decision making.

Program Structure and Delivery

The degree, comprised of 39 credits, is offered at both the Winona and Minneapolis campuses. Courses are delivered in the blended format, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner.


The program is open to any University of Pittsburgh student, including post-baccalaureate students (professionals seeking to expand their job-related computer skills). Approximately four terms (two academic years) will be required to complete this certificate program. It is therefore suggested that undergraduates begin no later than their junior year. A grade of C or better is required in all courses for successful completion of the certificate. GIS topics covered include the nature of geographic data, map projections, raster images, the basic elements of a GIS database, sources of data, and training in the Arc/Info software package. Students also have the option of focusing on remote sensing theory and applications. Remote sensing (RS) topics include image analysis and processing field validation of satellite and airborne datasets GPS training and the use of software packages such as ENVI, Erdas Imagine, ERMapper, and Trimble’s Pathfinder Office.

Required core courses (6 credits):

Two elective courses may be chosen that have special relevance to the student’s major or employment goals. Appropriate courses will be available from many different departments. Courses not on the following list may be selected contingent on approval by the certificate advisor.

Geographic Information Science Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in GIScience program consists of four required and three elective courses.  Individuals seeking the certificate must already be students at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in any department or any major. To be eligible for the certificate, students must earn 26 credits, of which at least 15 must be from the required courses and at least 11 from the elective courses. A grade of at least a “C” must be earned for all the certificate courses.

Applying for the Undergraduate GIScience Certificate

Students shall complete an application to be submitted to the certificate coordinator. The application will include demographic information (name, phone and e-mail), the courses taken and grades received.

Geographic Information Systems, A.S.

Students may obtain either the one-year certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or the Associate of Science in GIS. Additionally, students in many fields may obtain a minor concentration (equivalent to the certificate curriculum) in the course of obtaining their associate’s degree.

The certificate program is designed for persons wishing to obtain GIS training in order to enhance their academic degree or current career choice.

Students seeking the associate of science degree must complete a minimum of 32 credits in the major requirements listed. These 32 credits are split between the 5 core GIS classes (GEOG 1080, GEOG�, GEOG 1110, GEOG 2100 and GEOG�) and the list of approved GIS electives. Consideration toward satisfying some of the requirements will be given to students entering the program who have had documented work experience, equivalent course work at another institution, or completion of workshops from recognized providers such as ESRI. Students should consult with their advisor early in the application process to determine eligibility of previous work. Students wanting credit for work experience or workshop participation will be asked to supply a portfolio of work which will be evaluated by program faculty.

The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Applicants may apply for admission to graduate programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. All applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator.


Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)

Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3

Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission) letter addressing reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program, not to exceed two pages stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program (upload on the Additional Information page in the online application)

Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages.

Admission to GIScience: The faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: An undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least one score on the GRE (V, Q , or A) at or above the 50th percentile.

Application Deadlines

Why Appalachian?

  • You will study alongside faculty and fellow students actively engaged in researching: climate change, biome change, GIS applications (viticulture flood modeling property valuation visualization), globalization processes, economic development, community development, transportation and land use, precipitation climatology, mountain environments and natural hazards.
  • Appalachian&rsquos geographic setting supports research framed around mountain and/or rural settings.
  • Faculty members conduct research across the U.S. and in Latin America, East Africa, and Europe.
  • You will gain interdisciplinary education and research experience, which is critical in today&rsquos professional workforce. Established research clusters include AppalAIR, AppAqua and Carbon Emissions Inventories and Energy Policy Research.
  • All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
  • The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.



Dr. Derek J. Martin
Graduate Program Director
[email protected]

Societies and Professional Organizations for GIS Analysts

The Association for Geographic Information

A UK based organization that promotes networking opportunities and connecting the GI community.

Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)

A collection of educators and researchers involved in design, creation, and use of geographic technologies and information.

Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA)

A professional community with goals of enriching the geospatial community through education, connection, and advocacy.

GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)

A nonprofit organization that offers licensing and continued education for GIS professionals.

Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS)

An organization that focuses on the business aspects of surveying, mapping, remote sensing and GIS.

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

URISA provides outreach for geospatial challenges and issues and resources for GIS professionals throughout their GIS analyst career.

Program Requirements

  • GEOG 101 - Introduction to Geography3 semester hours
  • GEOG 105 - Cultural Geography3 semester hours
  • GEOG 124 - Physical Geography4 semester hours
  • GEOG 130 - Global Geography3 semester hours
  • GEOG 235 - Preserving Our Natural Heritage: The Geography of Conservation and Natural Resources3 semester hours
  • Program Elective 3 semester hours

Total Credit Hours: 19

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