Designing with Geospatial Data on the Web
What will be covered
- General cartographic principles applied to geospatial dataviz
- Choosing between d3.js and Leaflet
Basemap vs data layers, rasters vs vectors
Choosing off-the-shelf basemaps vs creating your own
Or do you even need a basemap?
- Map projections
What are they? Why do they matter?
In d3.js: how to use map projections
In Leaflet: how to lie to Leaflet to get projections other than Mercator
- Map scale and generalization
How much detail does your map need?
What are the pros and cons of generalizing your shapes?
- Data classification and symbology
What won't be covered
- Basic programming/data literacy (familiar with CSS)
Our workshops are designed to include a balance of new information and hands-on learning. We believe well designed exercises done in the company of other enthusiastic participants can accelerate your learning greatly. We curate these workshops so that each 10-15 student event is attended by people with similar skills and motivation.
Alan McConchie works at the intersection of cartography, software, and data science. He loves making cartographic visualizations that reveal new ways of seeing the world, and is passionate about creating tools that help people create their own maps and tell their own spatial stories. At Stamen, he co-founded Maptime, a series of beginner-focussed meetups for teaching about open source map-making. Alan currently sits on Maptime's board of directors, which supports over 70 local chapters around the world. More about Alan.
Eric Rodenbeck founded data visualization design studio Stamen, where he is Creative Director and CEO. The company’s high bar for elegant, data-driven design has brought many brilliant data artists, designers and technologists through its doors. The studio’s pioneering work in the field has inspired countless more. More about Eric.
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