Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Using maps in your apps. FlightStats' Wm Leler presents at SotM and NACIS conference

Maps are quintessential tools in travel apps, especially mobile ones. If you happen to be in Portland, come listen to FlightStats developer Wm Leler deliver presentations about finding alternatives to Google Maps and developing powerful mapping applications with open source tools. Wm will also be demonstrating the new FlightStats airport tracker map at the NACIS conference.

Saturday, October 13th - Open Street Map State of the Map

When Google Maps Gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade. 

Register for State of the Map

Google Maps has long been the choice for embedding maps on your website or building map mashups. But Google Maps is a closed, proprietary solution, and Google's announcement that they will start charging for maps (or including ads on maps) has people looking at other options.

This talk surveys the leading open source and free alternatives to Google Maps, and finds that many of them provide significant advantages. It will also cover various sources of free maps, including dozens based on OSM data. It will discuss how a major user of Google Maps switched over to open source alternatives.

Thursday, October 18th - NACIS 

When Google Maps Gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade

This presentation will be similar to the talk of the same name delivered at the State of the Map conference, but will be oriented toward a more general audience and will serve as an introduction to the longer course that will also be delivered at NACIS.

Saturday, Oct 20th - NACIS

Powerful Mapping Web Applications with Open Source Tools

Register for the North American Cartographic Information Society Conference

This half day course runs from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and is instructed by Wm Leler of FlightStats, Inc. and Mele Sax-Barnett of TriMet. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop and the course is limited to 30 participants. 

Attendees will receive an overview of Mapping APIs and instruction on open source solutions. In this course, you'll build a map in Leaflet and add data layers. Participants will learn how to edit OpenStreetMap (OSM) with Potlatch. OSM data downloading using QGIS, tiling, and data handling instruction will also be covered. 

Comfort with writing HTML. JavaScript and jQuery familiarity will be helpful. A list of recommended applications to be installed before attending the workshop will be provided.

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