OziExplorer is my favorite tool for working with topographical maps. Even in this era of mobile apps with all kind of online maps, I am a bit old fashioned by have my own collection of maps and OziExplorer is a great way to use them.
I am a Dutchy and here in the Netherlands the ‘authorities’ that are responsible for Dutch topographic maps use the Rijksdriehoeksmeting (RD) Map Datum.
In this blog we look at the Dutch maps and describe how to get them properly working in OziExplorer.
I am fascinated by navigation and maps. When I visit a new location one of the first things I do is getting a topographical map of the region. Sometimes I use historical maps, like the Werbata map (dating from 1911, see also Wikipedia) for my trips to Curacao. Since 2007 I log my activities (like running, hiking, cycling, swimming, surveying) using GPS (TomTom watch) and I like to plot these on a map online. Since surroundings change, I like not only to have the most current maps, but also historical maps. As a Dutchy a found the Kabouterbond maps worthwhile. Since 2012 the PDOK Basisregistratie Topografie (BRT) maps which can be downloaded for free in raster or vector format. PDOK is a cooperation between het Kadaster and the Dutch government.
So I end up with a collection of digital maps which I like to use with OziExplorer (for route planning e.g.) and online on my own websites. This post describes the way I proceeded to serve my maps for online usage.
PDOK based vector map from my server, described in this post