Maps, friendly mapping tools, and open data
1 June 2017 · Converge: Disciplinarities and Digital Scholarship
David Ramos ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Resources from the workshop, and a few extras.
- QGIS is a free/open source GIS. (Mac installers live on a separate site, linked from the main download page; note that QGIS on Mac also requires running the installer for GDAL, available from the same site.)
- ESRI develops ArcGIS, with licenses from $100/year for noncommercial uses or $250/year for teaching/research.
- Carto (basic mapping tools; paid, with a free plan)
- Mapbox (highly customizable and designer-friendly; paid, with a free plan)
- Field Papers lets you create paper map for capturing data, then georeference the paper notes
- JEO is a WordPress theme meant for map-heavy, spatially-oriented sites
- The Big Web Show 154: Where Have All the Unicorns Gone. Jeffrey Zeldman interviews Jen Simmons, asking “Have front-end and UX separated as practices? Is the time of the designer/coder over?”
- Bill Rankin, comparison of useful map projections
- Relying on ZIP code data hindered recognition of the lead problem in Flint .
- Geojournalism.org “provides online resources and training for journalists, designers and developers to dive into the world of data visualization using geographic data.”
Particularly, data sources suitable for creating base maps.
- USGS National Map
- NOAA charts
- Nautral Earth provides clean, carefully-organized data in a variety of formats, intended for use by cartographers making their own maps. Data include physical and cultural features, and raster terrain and land cover. Public domain.
- MapZen terrain tiles
- Main OSM site (which offers direct downloads of data, for small areas)
- GeoFabrik offers OSM data by regions
- Mapzen Metro Extracts contain OSM data for cities
- maps.stamen.com basemaps
- Getting OSM Data guide