IGN maps: discover the new free app to travel around France

IGN maps: discover the new free app to travel around France
IGN maps: discover the new free app to travel around France

IGN presented on Wednesday a free mobile application rich in data from the famous institute which publishes maps of France.

This makes it possible in particular to observe the evolution of the French territory with a “before/after” illustrating the ecological upheavals but also to identify places by theme: agriculture, forests, etc.

The public establishment highlights an ecological approach, which allows it to not depend on Gafam.

For walkers, cyclists and other mountain lovers, IGN maps, paper version, are a real institution. To respond to new demands, the National Institute of Geographic and Forestry Information unveiled their digital version on Wednesday with the IGN Maps mobile application, the much improved version of Géoportail, downloaded by a million people.

Free, downloadable from the Google and Apple stores, IGN Maps aims to “discover France differently“, explained the institute during its presentation in the presence of the Minister of Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu. Because if these online maps allow any user to find their way, orient themselves and go to a specific place by following a route (like a classic tool such as GoogleMaps), they also aim to “understand the territory and its developments at a time of ecological upheaval“.

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To do this, they are based on IGN data and repositories but also on third-party data, such as that of Open Street Map for businesses or even information from local authorities, departmental fire and rescue services or regional parks.

Concretely, it is for example possible to display data according to themes: agriculture, natural risks, protected areas, land, coastline, tourism, transport, public services, etc. “For example, information as diverse as the date of construction and the number of floors of a building displayed on the map, the type of cultivation of an agricultural plot, the forest species, the location of businesses, the population of a municipality or the bans and maximum flight heights of drones“, explains the IGN. As such, they can be used by citizens but also administrations, businesses or others.

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Users will also be able to compare before/after data according to different criteria: coastline recession, reforestation, deployment of renewable energy parks, etc. For IGN, it is “to go back in time” For “promote awareness“highlighting”certain developments particularly representative of recent decades“.

An approach that responds to the mission that the institute has set itself: to be the “cartographer of the Anthropocene“, name given by scientists to describe a new geological era describing man’s influence on the environment.

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Finally, any user canreport“a change in the territory or a”potential anomaly” and thus participate in the enrichment of the data.

Features which, estimates IGN, “make the difference“compared to Gafam (the acronym of the web giants – Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft) and”of their commercial vocation“.”Completely free, it respects the principles of equity and universal access to geographic information and defends public establishments. Its open nature (freely accessible data and services) and without trackers are all guarantees for confidentiality and respect for the privacy of users.


Marianne ENAULT

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