Steve Bennett is a front-end web developer who specializes in Mapbox-GL-JS and vector tiles. With degrees in software engineering and humanities, he has long been interested in using software to communicate data about the world.
Steve got into web mapping through a passion for open data (first, research data, later government) and heavy participation in OpenStreetMap. It was a desire to make a map of his friends’ cycle touring exploits with Mapbox’s TileMill that really lit the fire. That led to a career building dozens of mapping sites with Leaflet, OpenLayers, Cesium and especially Mapbox-GL-JS.
He’s amassed a deep knowledge of the tools, standards and services that define modern web mapping, writing the Wikipedia articles on Vector tiles and Web Mercator, and answering hundreds of Mapbox-GL-JS questions on StackOverflow in the process. He thrives on quick prototypes, quick-and-dirty explorations and finding creative ways to visualize or interact with data.
His notable side projects include a massive explorable database of urban trees, a silly, snarky and out-of-date Hipster Map of Melbourne, and the Open Council Data Standards, which help local governments release open data in the most useful format.