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Mapping Tools and Resources

Fundamental Mapping Tools

Mapping the World with OpenStreetMap via Mapbox

Planet.osm - OpenStreetMap Wiki

Planet.osm is the OpenStreetMap data in one file: all the nodes, ways and relations that make up our map. A new version is released every week. It's a big file (XML variant over 400GB uncompressed, 29GB compressed). There are also files called Extracts which contain OpenstreetMap Data for individual continents, countries, and metropolitan areas.

GeoNames, a gazetteer of place names


Mapping for Humanitarian, Environmental and Social Concerns

1774 Home | Satellite Sentinel Project
humanitarian relief
George Clooney's project to document Darfur and Sudan human rights issues via satellite imagery.

1773 STATcompiler
humanitarian relief
Compiles demographic and health information collected and used by USAID

1772 The DHS Program - Quality information to plan, monitor and improve population, health, and nutrition programs
humanitarian relief


Crowdsourced mapping for social causes

US Department of State - Humanitarian Information Unit | ReliefWeb
humanitarian relief

Satellite and other Remote Imagery

MODIS Website

The MODIS Data section contains everything from ATBDs to Product Descriptions to tutorials on ordering MODIS data from the various DAACs. Peruse the Data section today.

Transportation Mapping

Home | OpenTripPlanner

Multimodal trip planning & analysis OpenTripPlanner provides a range of passenger information and transportation network analysis features using our infrastructure for finding itineraries combining transit, pedestrian, bike, and car segments.

What is GTFS? - Transit Google Developers

The General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) defines a common format for public transportation schedules and associated geographic information. GTFS "feeds" allow public transit agencies to publish their transit data and developers to write applications that consume that data in an interoperable way.

Transit App

Transit finds your next departure. Instantly. Free. Why use a trip planner when you already know the way? With Transit, all nearby departures are just a tap away. Not sure which route to take? Don't worry, our easy-to-use trip planner can still show you the way! Best of all, it's free!

Strava Labs

Inlcudes Slide tool: Slide to GPS data Slide is based on the principles of Mathematical optimization. A coarse input line is iteratively refined to optimize its alignment with the GPS heat data. The result is a smooth, properly sampled path representing the true path of travel.


Twofishes is a coarse (ie, not a street geocoder, it goes down to the city/neighborhood/poi level) splitting (it can break up "pizza new york" into query: pizza, where: new york) geocoder (it translates from string queries to lat/lngs on the earth) based primarily on geonames data

Technical Sites for Mapping

1771 GeoDjango | Django documentation | Django


Quattroshapes by foursquare

Foursquare needs quality place data to power its geocoding engine to ensure the best recommendations. When someone searches for the best coffee in Brooklyn, a simple venue to place point or venue to place bounding box search can result in venues in Manhattan and Jersey City overwhelming the results for Brooklyn. To improve recommendations, we have created an authoritative source of polygons around a curated list of places. This gazetteer of non-overlapping polygons provides more relevant results than simple point geometries.

The Neighborhoods Project

Zetashapes is an experiment in crowdsourced US neighborhood polygons. From here, you can download neighborhood boundaries for every city in the US derived from geotags on flickr photos. You can also edit these boundaries and download custom GeoJSON with your edits applied. Your edits will also be contributed back into improving the overall boundaries.

Leaflet - a JavaScript library for mobile-friendly maps
mobile phones

1768 BioBlitz - Mini-Blogs - News Watch
species inventory
Blog which has a post on the 2014 bioblitz in San Francisco. A bioblitz is a 24-hour blitz of inventorying species.

1767 Create beautiful dynamic data driven maps | CartoDB


1766 HOT BOF SotM-US - hackpad.com
, humanitarian response Disaster response

1765 Aqueduct Country and River Basin Rankings | World Resources Institute

1764 The surprising tools CIR used to map the US-Mexico border fence | The Center for Investigative Reporting
, online mapping international borders

1763 GEOFABRIK // Home

From the Web site: At Geofabrik German for "geo factory" , we extract, select, and process free geodata for you. We create shape files, maps, map tiles and full-blown web mapping solutions. We provide advice and training to our customers dealing with OpenStreetMap and keep them up to date.

1762 LearnOSM and download Open Street Map data into QGIS

Quantum GIS made downloading Open Street Map data easier in 2013. Pull down the vector menu, then openstreetmap, then download

1761 PostGIS - Spatial and Geographic Objects for PostgreSQL

PostGIS is a spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. It adds support for geographic objects allowing location queries to be run in SQL.

1760 Boundless : OpenGeo Suite QGIS plugin manual


1759 GeoServer: Welcome

demo, admin, admin

1758 Boundless QGIS Plugin Repository

OpenGeo Explorer: plugin for Geoserver and PostGIS

1757 OpenGeo Suite - Hourly on AWS Marketplace
web admin
A way to buy the Boundless suite by the hour rather than paying $8,000 for the first level of service.

1756 GeoWebCache
web admin
Serves cached map resources rather than requiring a server to process data into a new rendering with each request.

Spatialite The Gaia-SINS federated project home-page


Natural Capital Project - InVEST
Associated with the World Wildlife Fund and other organizations: "InVEST is family of models to explore ecosystem service benefits and tradeoffs between spatial planning scenarios at a regional scale."

Worldpop - Latest Map
Provides datasets of populations of countries of the world as Geotiffs.

Home - InaSAFE Documentation Project 2.0.0 documentation
, humanitarian relief GIS
A Humanitarian Open Street Map Team project. Allows for mapping of disaster response planning

Flickr: The QGIS - Map Showcase Pool
QGIS Flickr

Home - Mil-OSS Military Open Source
open source, Web admin