Skip to main content
  • 348 Accesses


Mapbox ( is a location platform company that provides various tools for visualizing and analyzing spatial data. It is one of the largest commercial providers of high-performance maps and navigation tools and is used by companies, government agencies, and organizations of all sizes. Mapbox supplies its users with foundational map data, navigation and geocoding capabilities, and a large variety of styling tools to customize the look of maps that can be hosted on Mapbox servers. While Mapbox excels at providing visualization capabilities, its coding libraries can be used to develop custom applications that can further extend the range of functions. Mapbox is an excellent solution to consider when looking for participatory mapping tools, mainly when: data is already gathered, and an engaging presentation is needed; a highly customized application with dynamic interaction is required; there are large datasets that need to be displayed; the single stakeholder will create data and when there is limited GIS knowledge. In addition to the above points, the Mapbox Community team ( can provide guidance and mentorship to PPGIS projects investigating whether Mapbox tools are a good fit for their needs, even in the earliest phases of a project.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

USD 16.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions


  • Bartling, M., Havas, C. R., Wegenkittl, S., Reichenbacher, T., & Resch, B. (2021). Modeling patterns in map use contexts and mobile map design usability. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 10(8), 527.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Brown, G., & Raymond, C. M. (2014). Methods for identifying land use conflict potential using participatory mapping. Landscape and Urban Planning, 122, 196–208.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Craig, W. J., Harris, T. M., & Weiner, D. (2002). Community participation and geographical information systems. CRC Press.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Kyem, P. A. K. (2021). Managing natural resource conflicts with participatory mapping and PGIS applications. Springer.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Rambaldi, G., Chambers, R., McCall, M., & Fox, J. (2006). Practical ethics for PGIS practitioners, facilitators, technology intermediaries and researchers. Participatory Learning and Action, 54(1), 106–113.

    Google Scholar 

  • Thöny, M., Schnürer, R., Sieber, R., Hurni, L., & Pajarola, R. (2018). Storytelling in interactive 3D geographic visualization systems. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 7(3), 123.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Wells, J., Grant, R., Chang, J., & Kayyali, R. (2021). Evaluating the usability and acceptability of a geographical information system (GIS) prototype to visualise socio-economic and public health data. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 2151.

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


This text would not be possible without the kind help of Marena Brinkhurst, who contributed extensively with her knowledge of the Mapbox platform and community tools.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Michał Rzeszewski .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

Copyright information

© 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG

About this chapter

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this chapter

Rzeszewski, M. (2023). Mapbox. In: Burnett, C.M. (eds) Evaluating Participatory Mapping Software. Springer, Cham.

Download citation

Publish with us

Policies and ethics