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What is MapAnt Switzerland

MapAnt Switzerland is an automatically generated orienteering map, which should cover the whole of Switzerland in the near future. As a pilot project, the region of northwestern Switzerland was calculated.

To map all parts of Switzerland, we depend on free and freely available LiDAR data, which are not yet available in all cantons. However, this should be the case in near future.

How was MapAnt created?

The map tiles for MapAnt were created with OCAD.

Large amounts of LiDAR data were imported via XML script to derive contour lines and a vegetation map.

Also, data from the official cadastral survey were imported and converted into OCAD symbols.

Afterwards, WMTS tiles were exported to OCAD and made available on the web with leaflet.

Origin of the data

The data were obtained from the individual cantons.

Canton Cadastral survey data LiDAR data / year
Solothurn Yes Yes / 2018
Basel-Land Yes Yes / 2018
Basel-Stadt Yes No
Aargau Yes No

Data source

How to use MapAnt?

MapAnt can animate to discover new areas, you can load it as a background map for mapping or print parts of it for training.
Achtung.PNGFor the latter, it is always necessary to clarify with the cantons and associations regarding forest use, private property, nature reserves, etc.

MapAnt kann zum entdecken neuer Gebiete animieren, man kann es als Hintergrundkarte zum kartieren laden oder Teile davon für Trainings ausdrucken.
Achtung.PNGBei letzterem müssen immer zwingend Abklärungen bei Kantone und Vereine bezüglich Waldnutzung, Privatbsitz, Naturschutzgebiete, Wildruhezonen, ect. gemacht werden.


MapAnt Switzerland was supported by OL Gönnerclub and ROLV NWS.
Also, MapAnt Switzerland was inspired by various similar projects worldwide, most notably MapAnt Finland and MapAnt Norway.
Thanks for the idea and willingness to share knowledge.


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