Cartography

What kind of data should the tool work with?

Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive maps in modern web browsers. Polymaps provides speedy display of multi-zoom datasets over maps, and supports a variety of visual presentations for tiled vector data, in addition to the usual cartography from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and other providers of image-based web maps.
Birmingham Airport Parking

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

QGIS is a user-friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Visualizes a series of events across both time and space. Allows researcher to create of an interactive timeline and map that are linked together. Users of the timeline can press "play" to watch the timeline scroll forward and the map zoom from place to place as they highlight each event (and the researcher's attached images and text) in turn. Users can also pause the progress of history, move forward or back at their own pace, and zoom in or out of either the map or timeline to examine areas of interest.

Compare to: StoryMap JS, MapStory, Odyssey.js

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Sep 2016

CartoDB is a cloud based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets users build spatial applications for both mobile and the web. Users input tabular data and then construct an interactive visualisation through the web interface. It provides automatic georeferencing functionality and provides APIs for mobile data collection and dissemination.

Use is free for up to five tables; after that, there are monthly pricing plans.
Development was funded through EU and Spanish research programmes.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Mapline (previously Topo.ly) is a free and paid online service for capturing and geocoding spatial data from spreadsheets and creating point, territory and heat maps. It is free for limited use (quite generous) and paid when you need to map significant (we are talking substantial) datasets. It's intuitive, easy to use and produces high quality interactive maps. Free service has only minimal map customization options and does not include the visual analysis that is included with the fee options.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 6 Oct 2015
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