• When we talk about maps in our present, we often forget the intrepid legacy of mapmaking in our past. Some subtle reminders of the struggles behind our geographic sensitivities still hold strong; names like “Mercator” and “Coronelli” echo in our projections and account plans at CartoDB, but rarely do contemporary cartographers think about our own maps as being particularly pioneering, or the product of an adventure.

    Sea Monsters Oh my!

    This week’s featured mapper still holds to the epicness of exploratory maps. Anthony Goddard runs a small project called ZeroSixZero, which builds custom realtime tracking maps for expeditions and adventurers. Read on to learn how he makes maps that track the trails of post-modern pioneers!

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  • cfa

    CartoDB has always been committed to empowering communities, people, and organizations that seek to use mapping and data for civic prosperity and growth. From our long-running climate and non profit grants, to sponsoring mapping meetups across the country, we are always looking for new ways to support efforts that re-think how data, mapping, and programming impact civic engagement.

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  • Love Wins!

    What a victorious last week’s Friday! The Supreme Court of the United States announced today, June 26, 2015, the legalization in ALL states of same-sex marriage. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Last week was the last of the Supreme Court’s term and the beginning of Pride Week in two major U.S. cities: San Francisco and New York City.

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  • Brad Songer

    Brad is the newest member of our business development team. He will be working with our partners to ensure that we’re helping them succeed in building fantastic location analysis tools with CartoDB. Most recently, he managed partner relationships at Google.

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  • Roger Keren

    Roger worked at Accela as the Director of Solution Sales Consultants for North America. Before that he worked as a Public Sector Employee. Creating statewide GIS programs to inform and improve critical land use and environmental planning decisions. Roger earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, followed by a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University teaching courses in GIS and public policy.

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  • With the news that Google is shuttering its Google Maps Engine product (GME) in less than a year, many new clients have come to CartoDB in search of a “new home” for their geospatial needs. For organizations still looking at migrating from GME to CartoDB, our partners over at CloudSherpas have covered in detail both “why” CartoDB is a great choice and the technical “how” of the transition (hint: it’s easy!). But any large organizational software migration can be challenging to wrap one’s head around, which is why we wanted to go a step further and compare, 1-on-1, some common workflows and uses of GME (right from the GME documentation) and how one would accomplish those same tasks within CartoDB. Read on to discover just how easy it can be to move to CartoDB!

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  • With the deprecation of Google Earth API and Earth Enterprise we receive a lot of questions about how CartoDB can be a viable alternative to provide a 3D environment for geographical information. On this post we share with you a new iteration after our first post. Publishing 3D geodata with CartoDB and consuming it with Cesium makes a perfect match with all the benefits of a modern open web architecture based on reliable APIs and decoupled components.

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  • newspaper

    In the high-speed world of data journalism it’s always important to stay on top of the latest story. Being able to quickly and beautifully visualize information in creative ways is essential! That’s why our team here at CartoDB is committed to not only providing the go-to world-class journalism mapping tool, but we’re also cultivating a journalism mapping community with efforts such as training sessions, journalism conferences and events, and now, our bi-weekly CartoDB JournoNewsletter!

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  • This weekend almost 80 people gathered in a nice country house located in the middle of the park of El Alamillo in Seville at Geocamp ES to discuss open data, open source and geospatial information. Geocamp ES 2015 is the third edition of a conference series following the lead of Geocamp in Portugal. Past editions where organized by Geoinquietos Galicia in Vigo and A Coruña and this year Geoinquietos Seville took the flag to organize this unconference. The format of Geocamp ES is a one day event with some of the talks programmed and the rest of them proposed the very same day. The schedule is finally defined at the beginning of the conference with a relaxed timing to give time for discussion while others talks are shorter and focused to the topic.

    Seville

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  • CartoDB is built on top of PostGIS, the powerful add-on that turns PostgreSQL into a spatial database. Many popular Geoprocessing functions in GIS software can be done with PostGIS queries, and this blog series will provide a one-for-one replication of the functions in QGIS’ Vector>Geoprocessing Tools menu.

    qgismenu

    In QGIS, the Vector menu has all sorts of goodies, but we’ll focus on the Geoprocessing Tools submenu, which has Convex Hulls, Buffers, Intersects, Unions, Dissolves, and more. If you’re making maps, these are important tools for the data-munging process, and with a little SQL and PostGIS you can do them right here in CartoDB! We’ll start with two: Convex Hull and Buffer.

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