[Irtalk] Using open data to map your world | Opensource.com

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sat Aug 1 12:28:16 SAST 2015

As you've surfed the web, you've surely come across many sites using
embedded maps to display data. Humans are visual creatures, so presenting
temperatures, crime statistics, or population densities on a map often
makes quickly discerning patterns and spatial relationships easier than
presenting the same facts as a boring table. Visualizations based on maps
can be quite sophisticated and even show patterns across time as well as
space; Maps Mania is one blog showcasing many great examples of online maps.

But displaying data on an embedded map doesn't need to be a complicated
affair. You can do it using open source tools. In this post, I offer some
tips for getting started doing this.

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