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Import GIS Layer to Bing Maps RRS feed

  • Question

  • I would like to import a GIS Layer to a Bing Map and then overlay that layer with the result of Bing Searches. Is this possible with Bing Maps?

    IbisDev2014

    Friday, August 1, 2014 2:14 PM

Answers

  • Ok, Bing Maps doe snot support KML out of the box. It did in an old version but I don't recommend using that. I've actually been working on a set of libraries that makes it easy to add several different spatial files into Bing maps. ShapeFiles are supported. Take a look at the project here: http://mapstoolbox.codeplex.com

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Monday, August 4, 2014 6:26 PM

All replies

  • Can you provide more information? You an add all kinds of GIS data to Bing Maps. Here are some questions to better help us understand what you are looking to do:

    1. Are you looking tot create a custom application that uses Bing Maps and your data or are you trying to get your location data to appear in bing.com searches? If it's the first one, we have lots of development tools available. If it's the second one, take a look at http://bingplaces.com
    2. What format is your data in? You say GIS Layer but there are hundreds of different GIS data formats out there.
    3. What type of GIS information are you looking to add to the maps? Point based location information, or complex spatial data like polygons and regions? How much data do you have?
    4. Is this for a personal project or for commercial purposes?

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Monday, August 4, 2014 3:13 PM
  • Ricky,

    Thanks for your reply. The GIS Layer came from a municipal GIS Dept and it shows areas of the city color coded by city council district. The zip file contained .dbf .prj . sbn .sbx  .shp and .shx files. Actually 2 .shp files.

    I see that Bing will import a KML file so I found an online converter where you can upload a zip file that contains .shp files and it converts it and returns a KML file. Have not had time to try and import it, but will tonight. Here is the conversion site http://www.mapsdata.co.uk/online-file-converter/  This seems to have worked with the zip file I submitted.

    What I want to do is create a map from a specific search in Bing Maps and overlay that search with the city council districts from the zip file that the city GIS provided. This is not a commercial project, but more of a non-profit organization project.

    I am have been around GIS enough to pick up a few terms, but I am not a GIS professional. Hope these answers help a little.


    IbisDev2014

    Monday, August 4, 2014 4:42 PM
  • Ok, Bing Maps doe snot support KML out of the box. It did in an old version but I don't recommend using that. I've actually been working on a set of libraries that makes it easy to add several different spatial files into Bing maps. ShapeFiles are supported. Take a look at the project here: http://mapstoolbox.codeplex.com

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Monday, August 4, 2014 6:26 PM