CartoDB: How Working With Geospatial Data Can Be A Joy and Not A Pain

Javier de la Torre (Vizzuality)
Location Development, Mobile Development Yerba Buena Salon 1-3

CartoDB is a new Open Source Geospatial Database in the cloud. It leverages the full power of PostGIS and Mapnik to effortlessly stand up the services needed to create maps and develop location aware applications. It has been built with a love for design and interaction so that playing with geospatial data is a joy and not a pain.

The software has been developed by Vizzuality, a data visualization company focus on geospatial analysis and visualization. CartoDB is offered as a free service, on dedicated cloud instances or as an elastic service enabling users to process large amounts of data and only pay for what they use.

Importing geospatial data is as simple as dragging files into it, editing the data is just the way it is supposed to be, the maps are fast and responsive, it just works! Plus set the tables to real time and you will be able to have real time visualizations on your data changes.

Participants on this workshop will learn how to do beautiful and speedy maps using CartoDB. We’ll start with a file of 600,000 “stop and frisks” carried out by the NYPD, and make sense of the data using CartoDB’s analysis and mapping tools, including thematic mapping by block.

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Javier de la Torre


Javier is the CEO and co-founder of Vizzuality. He started his career as scientist working on mapping Biodiversity. He started Vizzuality in 2007 to work on data analysis and visualization to close the gap between scientist, decision makers and the general public. Vizzuality is now one of the leading visualization companies working with the biggest universities, international organizations and companies on the field on Environmental Issues. He is professor on Data Analysis and Visualization for Global Environmental Change and is a common speaker on geospatial events.

  • Esri
  • AT&T Interactive
  • Google
  • Nokia, Location & Commerce
  • Facebook
  • Bing
  • Control Group
  • Localeze
  • MyCityWay
  • Socrata
  • Urban Airship
  • MapQuest

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