About Data Sources in MapPoint Web Service
MapPoint Web Service is deprecated and will be retired November 18, 2011. Please go to http://www.microsoft.com/maps/mappoint.aspx for information about upgrading to Bing Maps.
Data sources are the foundation on which all the MapPoint Web Service functionality is performed. Data sources contain the maps, geographic entities, addresses, routing data, point-of-interest information, and images that are used with nearly all the methods in the API.
The functions that a DataSource object is capable of performing are contained in the DataSource.Capability property for the data source, which is returned from the CommonServiceSoap.GetDataSourceInfo method. For a table of this information for MapPoint Web Service data sources, see MapPoint Web Service Data Sources and Capabilities.
MapPoint Web Service makes numerous data sources available to all its customers (including a sample custom data source), and creates a data source for each customer that can be used by that customer to hold their own location-based data and icons on MapPoint Web Service servers. You will be automatically assigned a custom data source when you sign up for the MapPoint Web Service. The name of this data source is pre-assigned when you enroll in the service, however, you can also create your own data sources apart from the one that is already assigned to you. The names of the new data sources can be partially customized as per your requirements. You use the Customer Services site (https://mappoint-css.live.com/CSCV3/) to learn how to prepare your data for use with MapPoint Web Service, to assign latitude and longitude coordinates to your location data, and to upload your data and icons to your custom data source on the MapPoint Web Service servers. You can also use the Customer Data Service SOAP API to programmatically upload and download your data to the MapPoint servers. The Customer Services site is a secure site where Microsoft and its corporate partners and customers can exchange data and information. For information on how to access the Customer Services site, check the customer information that you received when you enrolled in the service. For information on becoming a customer, visit the MapPoint Web Service Web site (http://www.microsoft.com/mappoint/webservice).
For more information about the types of data sources you can use with MapPoint Web Service, see Types of Data Sources.