Integrate CartoDB maps into your Ducksboard

Ducksboard Integration

Ducksboard is the perfect tool to create simple and beautiful real time dashboards for your metrics. It integrates with dozens of services, from analytics and marketing to CRM, billing tools and more. If you are using any Software as a Service platforms in your company you will be able to create a dashboard with Ducksboard with only a few clicks.

Showing lots of numbers in your dashboard is great, but many times a geospatial view of your data would be even better. Combine metrics and maps, and you get a complete situation room with no effort at all to visualize, understand and track your business in real time. And this has become easy with the new CartoDB integration for Ducksboard.

We have just released the integration of CartoDB maps in Ducksboard. You will be able to include a widget with your CartoDB maps in your dashboard, to create an elegant and real time view of your maps. Including your CartoDB maps in Ducksboard is a straightforward process: just create a new widget, provide your API key and account name, and select which of your CartoDB maps you want to include in your new widget.

Check how easy it is to integrate a CartoDB map in your dashboard:

CartoDB Ducksboard integration from vizzuality on Vimeo.

Log into your Ducksboard to start trying the new CartoDB integration.

Global Forest Watch released!


Today we are excited to announce the launch of the Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring system that brings together near-real-time deforestation data, interactive mapping and analysis tools, and geospatial subscription services to monitor deforestation alerts in areas around the world. We developed GFW as part of a multiyear collaboration of over 40 partners led by World Resources Institute (WRI).


We are happy to see this important work released to the public. GFW will allow anyone in the world to visually explore the latest known deforestation activity coming from the worlds best sources. The platform unites data visualization, big data, crowd sourcing, and environmental monitoring, subjects that are all core to the Vizzuality mission. The platform is meant to empower everyone from government policy makers looking for comprehensive on data recent deforestation to indigenous communities who have a stake in the preservation of their local forests.

The technology behind GFW is open source with many of the data visualizations, graphs, and maps being powered by CartoDB. Even the temporal visualizations share technology with CartoDB’s Torque library. Finding innovative ways to visualize large-scale deforestation data in the browser has been particularly interesting for us and has been a fun area for development that we are proud to now have available now for public use.

As part of the GFW project, we worked closely with WRI’s new DataLab. We see the DataLab as an innovative way forward for WRI and a model for other non-profits and foundations to study. The DataLab is bringing together a team of big data thinkers and software engineers with advanced knowledge of global change issues. The DataLab is already allowing WRI to move quickly in areas that are otherwise difficult to enter without these cross-domain thinkers.

6GFW and the DataLab represent a step into the future for global change monitoring. We are grateful for having the opportunity to collaborate on such an important project.

CartoDB talks about Keys to be a global startup in the MWC

How it is like being a global startup? From the early days CartoDB has been a product used by people all over the world. With headquarters in New York and Madrid a distributed team has delivered a product used by thousands of people in every timezone imaginable.

CartoDB’s Javier de la Torre will be talking about this incredible journey and what it takes to be a global startup, along with Juan Urdiales from Job&Talent, Eneko Knorr from Ludei and Sergio Llorens from Gigigo.

Join us in the 4YFN space, Tuesday Feb 25th from @ 11:00.

MWC: Beautiful real time mobile Coverage Maps

Coverage Maps are a fundamental marketing and planning tool for any telecom. And a difficult one to make! Creating beautiful maps, up to date, with your company branding is a difficult and costly task. But having CartoDB as your geospatial backend eases much of the pain.

Deimos is a CartoDB partner who have developed Coverage Maps, a product for visualizing mobile coverage maps for telcos. Powered by CartoDB, the tool is a Web-based geospatial post-processing, visualization and reporting solution for Mobile (2G, 3G, 4G), Wi-Fi and other RF networks. Coverage Maps enables fast and easy customization and publication of radiofrecuency-based geodata on the Web.

Coverage Maps is a perfect example of how CartoDB enables and makes very easy to build beautiful, powerful and effective geospatial applications with very little effort. Come and discover how CartoDB can help you build your next geospatial application.

Together with Deimos we’ll be presenting this tool in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It will be next Monday Feb 24th in Congress Square (CS60). Come and join us!

More about the tool

Beautiful Coverage Maps Create coverage maps with your company brand colors and customizable basemaps. Coverage Maps provides easy to use tools to customize and post-process the source coverage data to create beautiful and accurate maps for the Web.

Dynamic and Fast Coverage maps are rendered on the fly and cached on the cloud for optimal performance. Export the coverage data from your favorite Network Planning Tool and publish it on the Web within hours. Update your maps with the frequency you want

Coverage Reports Create coverage reports: % Coverage per population, % Coverage per area, % Coverage in roads, railways and other infrastructures, etc.

Coverage Data API Open up your coverage data. Monetize it by allowing third parties to use your maps and data through our managed REST API.

Web based Dashboard and Wizards Upload, configure and preview your maps with an easy to use web wizard. Pusblish it on the Web with a few mouse clicks.

Geodata Management Manage all your radio-based geodata: Clutter databases, DEM, Administrative boundaries, POIs (Antennas, stores, etc.) Combine them to create your coverage maps.

GIS data formats Coverage Maps supports most of the GIS standard formats: ESRI Shapefile, MapInfo TAB, MapInfo MIF/MID, KML, GML, GeoJSON, GeoTIFF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, etc.

MVNO maps Manage the coverage maps of the Mobile Virtual Networl Operators sharing your network.

CartoDB at Mobile World Congress: The importance of Location and Mapping with Mapbox and Factual

Location and ham

Join us next week in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Apart from learning about CartoDB in our stand, don’t miss the panel (with drinks and jamón!) we are having with Mapbox and Factual: The importance of Location and Mapping (Spanish Pavilion / Congress Square / CS60, Tuesday 25th of February at 6PM)

Location goes hand-in-hand with mobile phones. Open data is changing the game, making it possible to incorporate real time and unique data feeds into custom maps. Join three open source entrepreneurs for drinks & jamon at MWC, where we’ll talk about the data that is transforming mobile mapping and new ways of visualizing it. Sign up for your invite!

And also remember that if you want to assist to the MWC, we are giving away two tickets!

About the panelists:

Javier de la Torre
Javier de la Torre is CEO at CartoDB, a global startup democratizing data analysis and visualization on maps. He is a former scientist with a research focus on Biodiversity Informatics and Global Environmental change. Javier believes that better data visualization tools will make organizations and society more data driven and therefore being more efficient and transparent. He is a recognized expert on Open Data, Open Source software and Data visualization and has been featured in many publications around the world like The Guardian, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal and has presented at conferences such as Where 2.0, Visualized, SXSW.

Eric Gundersen
As CEO of Mapbox, Eric coordinates product and business development. Eric is passionate about open data and building open source data visualization tools focused on speed and design. Prior to Mapbox, Eric co-founded Development Seed. Eric is a recognized expert on open data and open source software and has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Nightline, NPR, and others. He is frequently invited to speak on topics including open data, data visualization, and open source business models and has presented at conferences such as SXSW, Web 2.0, Where 2.0, GOSCON, and NodeJam. He holds a master’s degree in international development from American University in Washington, DC, and has dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and international relations.

Tyler Bell
Tyler Bell leads Factual’s product initiatives in global place data and contextual audience platforms. He is a former archaeologist of late Roman and early medieval Europe, with a research focus on GIS and anisotropic cost surfaces. Tyler led Product for Yahoo’s Geo Technologies Group and received his PhD from the University of Oxford. He has broad interests in open source and place-based information systems. Tyler opines occasionally on data- and geo-technologies for O’Reilly at

Create an amazing map and win a free pass to the Mobile World Congress

Do you want to get a free pass to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona? CartoDB is here to help! We are giving away two completely free passes to the MWC. You just need to create an amazing map with CartoDB, and you will be entering in our contest. We will give away two passes to the two best maps created with CartoDB.

How to participate? Create an amazing map using CartoDB. You can share the CartoDB URL or a URL of your own which embeds a CartoDB map.

Who will win? A panel of CartoDB experts will judge the best two maps. We will be judging how well the map communicates, the interest of the subject, the use of CartoDB features, etc.

When Submit your map before Wednesday Feb 19th @ 20PM EST Time. We will announce the winners by email and in this blog on Feb 20th.

How Submit your map here.

Start creating your map now to win. You can get inspired with out examples selection. Happy mapping!

CartoDBeers: Presentation from GitHub’s Vicent Martí at CartoDB’s Madrid office

Next Monday, February 10th, Vicent Martí is going to swing by the CartoDB office in Madrid to give us a peek into the world of GitHub. As one of the leading supporters of online open source communities, GitHub is part of many of our daily lives. Not only are they hosting almost every major open source code base, but they are a leader in the development of social coding tools and build some amazing interfaces to go with them.

Vicent Martí is a world class developer. He started working at GitHub after developing an open source, pure C implementation of the core Git methods. The library has allowed developers to create bindings to Git methods in many other languages.

We are excited to have Vicent swing by our office to tell us a bit about his work. We’d also love to invite you to join us. If you are in Madrid, feel free to drop by at 18:00 on Monday.

Superbowl visualization makes use of many powerful mapping features of CartoDB

It didn’t take long after the Superbowl ended for there to be an awesome visualization of all the Twitter activity during the game. The visualization uses CartoDB’s Torque library to show over 1 million tweets in just 6 hours.

Not only does the map make use of CartoDB to deliver an animated map of millions of points, but it also makes use of some other advanced features of our service. Really interesting is their use of some interesting techniques in Torque that allow you to deliver multiple color categories. They combined this with native legends and native Twitter infowindows to give a really rich interactive experience. Try out the full screen button to really experience the map.

These maps are getting easier and easier to create with CartoDB. We are continuing to add tutorials to make it easier for you. If you have a big event coming up and want to make use of these type of maps, don’t hesitate to contact us or shoot us a message on Twitter.

You can start creating animated geotemporal maps without any technical knowledge and share it easily on the web or privately inside your organization, start your free trial now.

Knight helps us advance map based storytelling

Yesterday, Knight Foundation announced that Vizzuality and CartoDB have received a grant to help build an open source tool for journalists that will enable better storytelling with maps online. We have long been advocates of storytelling using maps and data visualization and this grant will allow us to help make it easier for everyone. As part of the Prototype Fund, our project aims to simplify the process of combining narratives, maps, and interactions into a single web page.

We are excited about the process and know that we will learn a lot along the way. The project will give us the opportunity to test and explore how newsrooms and independent journalists see interactive maps fitting into the stories they tell. It will let us dig deep into the how maps can enhance news stories and how text and multimedia can enhance maps. In the process, we will develop an experimental new library for combining maps and other content on the web. The library will be useful for both newsrooms and individuals trying to use maps in interesting ways.

Vizzuality and CartoDB join a group of 23 other projects working to explore new approaches to delivering information to the public. On our end, we will be collaborating with journalists to isolate and simplify some of the key online mapping techniques that help enrich and support digital stories. We are excited to get members of the journalism community involved. You can follow and take part in the development process on our Odyssey.js GitHub page or follow updates here on our blog.

If you are interested in the Knight Prototype Fund, applications for the next round of grants is due January 31st.

As always, get in touch with us on Twitter at @CartoDB

This post was originally published on our Vizzuality blog

Watching history unfold in new cumulative maps

Mapping historic and temporal data can be challenging. A lot of times you need to think about clever ways to aggregate or filter that data so you can highlight and tell a story without losing too much of the overall picture. But with our recent release of Torque maps, we expanded your options for mapping temporal data, giving your viewers the ability to play, pause, and backup animated data in order to explore how the data changes over time. We just pushed an awesome little enhancement to Torque visualizations: cumulative visualizations.

The westward expansion of the United States

To demonstrate how cumulative visualizations look, we’ve returned to one of our favorite datasets containing temporal information, the establishment of United States Post Offices in the 19th Century.

This map is awesome. On it’s surface, it is really just a map about the establishment of the Post Office locations through time. A little bit deeper down, it is the story of US expansion westward, if you think about it, where people and communities go, so does the Post Office. Digging even deeper, you can see events such as the gold rush, expansion into the Oregon Territory, and even the meandering of Route 30 through Nebraska. 

It is clear that the ability to zoom into the data and look at different poitns in time lets us really find some interesting stories. We love that aspect of interactive maps. In fact, the map was first made two years ago using Processing, so it is exciting to see it come to life in the browser and finally as an interactive map. In fact, it is even more exciting that now the CartoDB map can be created by anyone in just a few minutes.

How it was made

Making the map only takes a few steps in CartoDB. First, you’ll need the dataset, available here. Next, you’ll want to create an animated map with Torque, you can see the steps for doing that in this video,

Now, you’ll want to enable the new cumulative option. You can find the new option right in the Torque visualization wizard, it’s as easy as toggling the button! Take a look,


Let us know on Twitter what you come up with using Torque!

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