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Mapbox (mapbox.com) 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 (mapbox.com/community) 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.

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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.

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Rzeszewski, M. (2023). Mapbox. In: Burnett, C.M. (eds) Evaluating Participatory Mapping Software. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-19594-5_2

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