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Light Base Map

The Light Base Map is a background map to provide a foreground theme with optimal spatial orientation. The graphic design of this web map, based on vector tiles technology, is therefore unobtrusive with reduced content.

Swiss Map Web Lightbase

The Light Base Map is a background map to provide a foreground theme with optimal spatial orientation. The graphic design of this web map, based on vector tiles technology, is therefore unobtrusive with reduced content. Due to the applied visualisation technology, the map can be integrated into your own website unchanged or after individual adaptation. The Light Base Map is based on official data: the topographic landscape model, the digital elevation model, the digital cartographic models and the official road directory. Thanks to the additional data integration of OpenStreetMap for foreign countries and the "Web Mercator" global projection system, worldwide coverage is guaranteed.

Light Base Map - Service Preview
Detailed information on the "Mapbox Vector Tiles" service, with which the web maps can be obtained, can be found at Vector Tiles Service.

Additional information

Light Base Map

  • Data origin:
    • ◦ Switzerland:
      • - Topographic landscape model
      • - Digital elevation model
      • - Digital cartographic models
      • - Official road directory
    • ◦ Abroad:
  • Update cycle:
    • ◦ Switzerland: Annual update (during the course of the year, data content [e.g. street names] may be updated)
    • ◦ Abroad: The control of the update cycle is carried out by Maptiler
  • Schema documentation (version: 1.0.0):
    https://geoadmin.github.io/config-vt-schema-lbm/
  • Schema documentation OpenMapTiles:
    https://openmaptiles.org/schema/

Vector Tiles

Advantages of a web map with vector tiles:

  • Quick and easy personalisation of the map display
  • Expansion of the web map with own thematic information
  • Easy integration of the web map into your own website
  • Independent and short update cycles of the basic data

What are vector tiles?
Vector tiles offer new possibilities to present swisstopo's geodata online. To enable short loading times for online maps, data is clipped into small pieces. These pieces are called "tiles". When viewing the map, only vector tiles of the desired area at the required zoom level are loaded. The tiles contain vector objects (points, lines, polygons) - hence the name “vector tiles". The cartographic representation of these objects is defined in a separate file and can be precisely controlled. If the information in this file is changed, the representation of the vector tiles changes. This opens up new possibilities for the display of and interaction with geodata.

What are vector tiles good for?
New opportunities are available to you as a developer thanks to the “vector tiles” geoservice.

  • You can define a personalised style that corresponds to your specific needs and apply it to swisstopo vector tiles.
  • Information contained in vector tiles can be queried
  • The low memory requirement of the tiles is ideal for offline applications.
  • The geoservice can be used free of charge throughout Switzerland (including the terrain representation) (terms and conditions are shown under "Licence and terms of use").

Licence and terms of use