Thursday, March 14, 2013

Geospatial Web Visualisation

How do you visualize geo data on the web when you don't know which ones are out there?   This was the question I asked myself when thinking about how to explain this to my students. I then began to search and find out what is out there.

Geospatial Visualisation = Cartography  or ?   Well GIS has roots in computer visualisation and graphic design so where else but to start looking in these branches for new developments and here is what I found.

d3   Data driven documents. D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data.
threejs threejs for 3d visualization in the browser   more cool 3d geospatial visualization on the web
dojo   Combine OpenLayers map data with additional features such as geo-referenced Dojo graphics shapes or geo-referenced Dojo widgets on top of the background map.
leaflet javascript api
openlayers javascript api
google maps javascript api
Google Charts Google charts can produce maps using google maps api
Modestmaps  modest Maps is a small, extensible, and free library for designers and developers who want to use interactive maps in their own projects
Kartograph   Kartograph is a simple and lightweight framework for building interactive map applications without Google Maps or any other mapping service.
gvisframework   GViz Framework is implemented using JavaScript to enable configurable integration of Visualization Components

this list is by no means complete and I welcome anyone to help fill this out.
Great links to more visualisation goodness: