A Primer for Getting Started With Open-Source Web Maps

Bill Morris, Geosprocket, LLC

Now that you know why I care about telling compelling stories with widely-distributed maps, let’s look at a few of the many tools that are out there to help the process. I confess to narrow experience here; I use MapBox and CartoDB for the majority of my projects, and there are plenty of alternatives to those. But as a starting point I think that these open-source web map design platforms are perfect – they minimize the amount of code required, they use the best graphic rendering engine in the field, and they are extremely cheap (or free) to use, even in an enterprise or high-traffic environment. I’m avoiding ESRI’s “ArcWhatever for Server” options because of a.) the high price tag, and b.) the actual user-facing sites are only as robust as the javascript or flash developer who builds them. My preferred options give you a lot more to work with out of the box, for free. Read the rest at Bill’s blog:
http://geosprocket.blogspot.com/2012/05/browser-cartography-some-safehouses-for.html

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