How closely a map feature location matches its real-world counterpart. Also, Absolute Horizontal and Absolute Vertical Accuracy.
Aerial photography is any photography taken from the air. Typically, aerial photographs are taken with specialized, high-quality, large format cameras that point down vertically from the aircraft to the ground below. Orthophotography is derived from overlapping vertical aerial photography.
Nearmap AI attributes are the classification of features detected by our artificial intelligence. They are viewable as rasters (AI Layer) and exportable as geoshape files (AI Parcel data).
Visual overlay on top of Nearmap imagery displaying the AI Attributes as rasters.
AI Parcel data
The AI attributes (available as AI Packs) exportable in a geopackage of geoshape files.
Area of Interest (AOI)
The specific geographic extent
Application Programming Interface (API)
An interface definition that permits invoking services from application programs without knowing details of their internal implementation.
A popular GIS tool from Esri. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and discovering geographic information, using maps and geographic information in a range of applications, and managing geographic information in a database.
Allows to view and query maps created with the other ArcGIS products.
Commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by Autodesk. Our imagery can be inserted into AutoCAD without scale.
AutoCAD Map 3D
Commercial CAD software with extensions that support mapping projections and functions. PhotoMaps can be inserted through WMS.
Software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries.
The cadastral map is a map that shows the boundaries of land parcels. Often several cadastres fall within a property boundary. These are updated quarterly on Nearmap. For more information on how to interpret the cadastre numbers that appear when a cadastre is clicked, please see the guide from PSMA Australia.
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Computer-aided design and drafting. CAD systems are used to create maps and plans and are closely related to GIS systems. Although most CAD systems lack certain features essential to GIS analysis, such as the power to manage different spatial coordinate systems and database capabilities, many CAD systems have been developed into full GIS with the addition of necessary functions.
This score is a representation of the AI model's level of certainty that the classification is correct.
A model of the earth that is used in mapping. The datum consists of a series of numbers that define the shape and size of the ellipsoid and it's orientation in space. A datum is chosen to give the best possible fit to the true shape of the Earth.
Digital Elevation Model (DEM) (US)
Elevation data representing the Earth’s surface (bare earth elevation). Typically, this is represented as a gridded height value and commonly stored in ASCII and GeoTIFF formats. (See DTM)
Digital Orthoimagery (DOI)
Digital Orthoimagery is a remotely-sensed digital picture, stored in a raster data format. It is a geo-referenced image prepared from a vertical photograph or other remotely-sensed data in which displacement of objects due to sensor orientation and terrain relief have been removed.
Digital Surface Model (DSM)
A DEM that follows the tops of buildings and vegetation. Surface Elevations.
Digital Terrain Model (DTM) (AU)
Digital Terrain Model is a sample of DEM used to model a land surface (bare earth elevation). This is usually needed for applications such as watershed management and contour mapping. We do not currently offer a DTM version of our data. (See DEM)
The height above sea level of a point on the Earth’s surface.
Environmental Systems Research Institute is an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications with commonly used software packages ArcGIS.
A geographic area that is typically small enough to be flown in one day. A region in most cases contains multiple flightmaps.
Geocentric datum of Australia 94; the coordinate system used by Australian governments and many organizations; originally defined to be close to WGS84 in 1994, but slowly diverging due to tectonic motion.
Geographic Information System (GIS)
A system that allows decision-making using geographic data, typically via spatial visualization.
The spatial referencing of an orthoimage to an area on the earth's surface. An image must be geographically registered in order to use it in a GIS as an overlay.
A GeoPackage (GPKG ) is an open, non-proprietary, platform-independent and standards-based data format for geographic information system implemented as a SQLite database container.
Associating data or an image with a location; the content of a map is intrinsically georeferenced.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
A system of satellites, computers, and receivers that can determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on Earth by calculating the time difference for signals from different satellites to reach the receiver.
Ground Control Point
Points of accurately known geographic location used to register imagery and other coverage data to ground position.
Ground Sample Distance (GSD)
The area on the ground represented by each pixel in a digital orthoimage. The smaller the pixel, the more detail visible in the image. The distance on the ground between camera samples (pixels) during PhotoMap capture; indicates the level of detail. The area on the ground represented by each pixel in a digital orthoimage. The smaller the pixel, the more detail visible in the image. The distance on the ground between camera samples (pixels) during PhotoMap capture; indicates the level of detail. The GSD value depends on the camera type, the flight altitude and image angle for oblique. Since the flight altitude varies between surveys, content originating from the same camera source may have slightly different GSD.
Horizontal Measurement Precision
Precision of measurement between two well-defined features at ground level in an image, accounting for digitisation error and relative accuracy of the features. Measurement of features above ground level is subject to larger parallax error.
The three bands (red, green and blue) needed to display a colour image.
Keyhole Markup Language (KML)
An XML notation for representing geographic data within Internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers.
The North-South position of a point on the Earth’s surface.
Laser-based analogue of radar, used to capture a DEM.
The East-West position of a point on the Earth’s surface.
Nearmap’s web-based imagery browser.
A popular GIS tool from Pitney Bowes.
Information about the content, quality, condition, and other characteristics of data.
The direction pointing directly below a particular location; that is, the vertical direction towards the earth at a specified location, orthogonal to a horizontal flat surface there.
North American Datum 1983 (NAD83)
A common spatial reference system used in US and Canada to better model local mapping applications. Default system used in State Plane projections.
Photographs taken at an angle providing view perspective and depth. Typically, a look of angle of 10 degrees or more is considered oblique but most often 45 degrees is the preferred angle. Unlike orthorectified imagery, which is corrected to map space, oblique images are single photos appearing as captured in the aircraft (image space).
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
An international organization formed to defined various geospatial standards related to data formats and interfaces. Of particular interest, OGC defined the WMS/WMTS interfaces standards.
Open World (Nearmap AI)
Open World creates an edge-to-edge vector map of semantic features on top of our imagery and is not limited by parcel boundaries.
Vertical photographs are often used to create orthophotos, which have been geometrically "corrected" to be usable as a map. In other words, an orthophoto is a simulation of a photograph taken from an infinite distance, looking straight down to nadir. Perspective must obviously be removed, but variations in terrain should also be corrected for. Multiple geometric transformations are applied to the image, depending on the perspective and terrain corrections required on a particular part of the image.
The removal of perspective distortion in photos due to camera tilt and terrain; a crucial step when producing accurate imagery.
Two-dimensional picture element that is the smallest non-divisible element of a digital image.
3D surface point features with colour derived from surface elevations.
The systematic transformation of points on a globe into points on a planer map Nearmap: MapBrowser uses the Web Mercator projection.
A popular free GIS tool.
General digital image format made up of a grid of pixels (a bitmap).
The resolvable detail in an aerial image, may correspond to the GSD, but may be lower due to blur.
Root Mean Square Error (RMSE)
Used to measure the differences between values predicted by a model and the values observed.
Root mean square error (radial) measures the horizontal accuracy.
Root mean square error (in z) measures the vertical accuracy.
Images of Earth collected by imaging satellites operated by governments and businesses around the world. Satellite imaging companies sell images by licensing them to governments and businesses such as Apple Maps and Google Maps.
The ratio of distances on a map to those same distances on the earth's surface. Ground resolution relates to mapping scale. For example, a map scale of 1 inch on the map = 200 feet on the ground is equivalent to an image ground resolution of 6 inches (pixel size). A scale of 1-to-400 is equivalent to 1-foot resolution. A scale of 1-to-100 is equivalent to 3- inch ground resolution.
A coordinate system (grid) of plane rectangular (x, y) coordinates for pre-determined zones in each of the 50 states.
Typically, a metropolitan area such as New York, Boston, etc
Survey capture (or survey)
A flight map that was flown on a particular date. Some surveys are flown over multiple days due for operational reasons.
The three-dimensional shape of the Earth’s surface.
3D triangulated surface mesh with photo realistic textures
Images are subdivided into smaller units to reduce the physical file size and the amount of computer processing required. Tiles usually cover a regular rectangular grid.
Tile Map Service (TMS)
A de facto-standard web protocol for serving georeferenced map tiles can be used to integrate PhotoMaps into third-party applications.
2D images corrected for building lean.
Digital image format comprised of points, lines and polygons that together make up the features on a map.
Vertical photographs are often used to create orthophotos, which have been geometrically "corrected" so as to be usable as a map. In other words, an orthophoto is a simulation of a photograph taken from an infinite distance, looking straight down to nadir. Perspective must obviously be removed, but variations in terrain should also be corrected for. Multiple geometric transformations are applied to the image, depending on the perspective and terrain corrections required on a particular part of the image.
Web Map Service (WMS)
An OGC open standard web protocol for serving georeferenced map image can be used to integrate PhotoMaps into GIS tools. A server generates a map image for each client request.
Web Map Tile Service (WMTS)
An OGC open standard web protocol for serving georeferenced map image can be used to integrate PhotoMaps into GIS tools. A server sends predefined map tile images for each client request.
A version of the Mercator projection, popularized by Google maps.
World Geodetic System 84; a standard coordinate system for the Earth and regularly realigned to account for tectonic motion.