An Open Web Mapping Tool Box

Dave Cole (MapBox), Tom MacWright (MapBox)
Workshop Yerba Buena Salon 4-6
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Learn how to map beautiful interactive maps for web and mobile using the best open source tools. The workshop starts with a walk through of how web mapping works – data processing and designing a map, to rendering systems, Javascript frameworks, and future vector-rendering potentials. This will include several deep dives into examples to show what’s possible, targeted at both technical and non-technical users.

The session will be broadly informative about the way web mapping works and practical in terms of having clear technical examples. We’ll explain integration points between web mapping providers and the interchangeability of providers and toolkits. Timing for this is critical for open source, since 2012 kicked off with Google implementing paid usage limits for their maps and increasing chatter about ads coming to free map users.

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Dave Cole


Dave is involved in several aspects of MapBox operations. From consulting with MapBox Premium subscribers to driving product development and business strategy, Dave is well-versed in using open source tools to make beautiful interactive maps.

Dave has began working with open source mapping while at the White House as a Senior Advisor to the CIO. He also managed the technology development of Previously he served as a data analyst on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Dave has spoken as a keynote presenter and panelist as several conferences and has led open source mapping training sessions.He is a graduate of Rutgers University.

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Tom MacWright


Tom specializes in building interactive and creative open source mapping tools for MapBOx. He is a lead architect of our open source mapping stack, including the TileMill project that combines Mapnik, Carto, Modest Maps, and other open source tools for use designing custom maps online. He’s also the lead developer behind Wax and an active contributor to Modest Maps, our web mapping APIs.

Tom is a frequent speaker on open source mapping technologies, having presented at the International Conference on Crisis Mapping, GOSCON, Where 2.0, FOSS4G, and OpenStreetMap’s State of the Map conferences. In addition to mapping, Tom is an experienced open source developer with significant experience working in JavaScript, Node.js, Django, and Ruby. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The College of William and Mary.

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

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