Map and Layer Format

Maps and layers can be configured programmatically on the Unfolded Platform.

Map Configuration

At the top level, an Unfolded map configuration object contains a version string and an object with map state, map style and visualization state.

The map object can be defined in a JSON-based format. The Unfolded Map format is used in a number of places by the Unfolded platform.

To learn more about Map Configuration, visit the Map Configuration documentation.

Layer Configuration

Unfolded Studio offers a rich suite of layers that can be use to visualize datasets on maps. Multiple layers can be added to a map, visualizing different datasets (or different aspects of the same dataset).

To learn more about Layer Configuration, visit the Layer Configuration documentation.


Layer Catalog

Layer TypeDescriptionLayer Preview Image
3D Layer3D layer displays 3D models on map by using latitude and longitude coordinates.3d3d
Arc LayerArc layers are useful for visualizing the distance between two points as well as comparing distances in 3D.arcarc
Cluster LayerCluster layers visualize aggregated data based on a geospatial radius.clustercluster
Flow LayerFlow layers visualize origin-destination movement patterns between latitude and longitude coordinates.flowflow
Geojson/Polygon LayerPolygon layers can display either paths, polygons or points. For example, a path layer can display data like trip routes.polygonpolygon
Grid LayerGrid layers are similar to heatmap layers. They show the density of points.gridgrid
H3 LayerH3 layers visualize spatial data using H3 Hexagonal Hierarchical Spatial Index.h3h3
Heatmap LayerHeatmap is a graphical representation of data in which values are represented as colors.heatmapheatmap
Hexbin LayerHexbin layers aggregate points into hexagons. The counts can be represented through color and/or height.hexbinhexbin
Icon LayerIcon layers are a type of point layer. They allow you to differentiate between points by assigning icons to points based on a field.iconicon
Line LayerLine layers are the 2D version of arc layers. Both draw a line between two points to represent distance,but, in a line layer, the drawing lies flat on the map.lineline
Point LayerPoint layers draw points for a given event or object based on its latitude and longitude.pointpoint
Raster LayerRaster layers show aerial photographs, imagery from satellites, or even scanned maps.rasterraster
S2 LayerTo use S2 layers, you need to assign a column containing S2 tokens.s2s2
Trip LayerVisualize movement through animations, such as air travel over a period of timetriptrip
Vector LayerVector layers use the three basic GIS features to represent real-world features in digital format.vectorvector

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