Cartonama Conference

Making the most of geospatial data, community mapping, and location-based services.

GeoCommons and TileMill: Stories through maps.

Submitted by Sajjad Anwar (@geohacker) on Thursday, 13 September 2012

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Technical level

Intermediate

Section

Technology

Session type

Workshop

Status

Submitted

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Objective

Introduce two major web mapping tools - GeoCommons.com and TileMill. Equip the participants to mashup interesting data to make quick maps and render custom maps using OpenStreetMap data.

Description

GeoCommons.com is an online maps mashup application where anyone can upload datasets and create maps quickly. TileMill is a map design studio which uses the map styling language called Carto. Both of them are important tools to tell stories through maps. The workshop will be a hands-on tour of both these tools while we play around with few datasets to make beautiful maps.

Requirements

Fair understanding of data formats like GPX, KML and CSV. Understanding of CSS will be a super bonus to pick up TileMill.

Speaker bio

Sajjad Anwar is a hacktivist and programmer. He works in the research and design of data analytics and infographics. He loves maps and have been part of the OpenStreetMap project for over four years. While helping several non-profits to bootstrap their geospatial infrastructure, he has build extensive experience on using and deploying the right technology for the same.

Sumandro is a consulting researcher interested in built environment, urban technologies, visualisation, story-telling and politics. He edits the Cartonama blog, contributes to The Pop Up City blog, and makes long presentations on NSSO data.

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