July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Visualizing flux: Time travel, torque, and temporal maps

Aurelia Moser (Mozilla Science)
11:30am–12:10pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Data E145
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Prerequisite Knowledge

GIS experience is got but not manditory. I will talk a lot about JavaScript and some PostGIS SQL functions but it's all pretty friendly to people new to this.


Maps are part of our visual vocabulary, and the historical versioning of maps defines some of the most fascinating social, political, and environmental flux of precedent. Everything from the eruption of post-World Cup tweets, to the diaspora of refugees across political frontiers, to the migration patterns of sea mammals, can be mapped with software that is spatially and temporally sensitive, and perhaps it should.

At CartoDB, we make open source mapping software for the masses, with free libraries for coders, friendly tutorials and guides for newbies, and copious guides online to help you build a beautiful map with your data. I’ll be talking about how we integrate OSM data, partner with NGOs and academics, and provide free services to support various community-made maps with open-source PostGres in the cloud.

Much of our work centers around building an online sandbox for our tools like Odyssey.JS and CartoDB, that we then port to libraries and APIS (MapsAPI, SQLAPI, ImportAPI, Static MapsAPI) for coders with more experience. This talk will cover time travel as it can be viewed in visualizations, focusing on our temporal mapping library Torque, our time-lapse heatmaps, and the ways we partner public time-series data with interactive maps in an education-driven online environment.

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Aurelia Moser

Mozilla Science

Aurelia Moser is a developer and curious cartographer building communities around code at CartoDB. Her background blends science and scripting and includes a cocktail of conservation chemistry, eco-enthusiasm, education, and egalitarian tech activism. Previously of Ushahidi and Internews Kenya, Aurelia has been working in the open tech and non-profit journalism space for a few years, and recent projects have had her working with mapping sensor data to support agricultural security and sustainable apis ecosystems in the Global South. Follow her @auremoser or algorhyth.ms