Re-Drawing the Map

Image of a map with water areas and roads


Web Mapping: moving from maps on the web to maps of the web

Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time

Instructor: Mita Williams

OpenStreetMaps: Trust the map that anyone can change

Tuesday December 9, 2014, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time

Instructor: Mita Williams

Coding maps with Leaflet.js

Tuesday January 6, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time

Instructor: Cecily Walker

Learning Outcomes

Web Mapping: moving from maps on the web to maps of the web

The transition from paper maps to digital maps was a profound one. It was such a sea change that the current shift from Digital Mapping to Web Mapping may have escaped  notice even through it brings a fundamental shift of its own. This presentation will introduce you to the new tools of web mapping. These tools allow for new forms of journalism, citizen activism, and scholarship. Web mapping allows more people to tell more stories with maps. This presentation will help you tell yours. 

OpenStreetMaps: Trust the map that anyone can change

It's been said that "the map is not the territory". But when when the most of the world's websites and mobile apps rely on maps from private corporations who selectively show you places based on who you are (and who pays for the privilege), perhaps we should cede that territory for higher ground. It's counter-intuitive to trust a map that anyone can edit, but OpenStreetMap is already the geospatial foundation of some of the world's most popular sites including Pinterest, Evernote, and github. This session will introduce you to OpenStreetMap and show you how you can both contribute to and make use of the "Wikipedia of Maps".

Coding Maps with Leaflet.js

Maps and geographic location data are a big part of our online presence, and go beyond merely creating a directory of branch locations. In this hands-on course, you’ll learn to create your own maps using the Leaflet JavaScript library. You’ll learn to plot locations, build data layers, and add photos and text to enrich your maps. Participants will need to be familiar with HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript before the course.


Who Should Attend

Any librarian interested in learning about web mapping technologies.


Mita Williams

Mita WilliamsAfter graduating from McMaster University with an H. B.Sc in Geography and Environmental Science and a M.L.I.S. from McGill University, Mita Williams was employed in a number of contract positions in public, corporate, non-profit, government, and academic libraries before joining the University of Windsor's Leddy Library as Science Librarian in 1999. In 2010, her position was changed to User Experience Librarian. She is a director of Hackforge, a community-minded hackerspace located in the Windsor Public Library and is the lead of Open Data WindsorEssex. She goes by copystar on Twitter and blogs at New Jack Librarian. "

Cecily Walker

Cecily Walker

Cecily Walker is a librarian in Vancouver, Canada. After graduating from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in 2004, she worked as a usability analyst and user experience architect in the private sector before turning to libraries in 2008.  She is the local coordinator for Maptime Vancouver, and is interested in the human side of information visualization.









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Tech Requirements

Live, synchronous lectures will require attendee participation via internet audio. Attendees will need a wired, high-speed internet connection, and a headset or speakers.  It is recommended that attendees use headsets connected to their computers (VOIP) during an Adobe Connect session. All attendees are muted and should use the built in chat function to communicate with presenters.  The use of computer speakers with a mic is not recommended, as it may cause echo. The recommended browser is Mozilla Foxfire although other browsers should work adequately for attending.


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