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DjangoCon 2011 Notes / docs / making_interactive_maps.rst

Making Interactive Maps for the Web

DB
PostgreSQL + PostGIS
ORM
GeoDjango
Front-end
TileStache
Slippy Map
PolyMaps (but would probably use Leaflet or GMaps in the future)

What makes a good map

  • Attractive
    • Use a different base layer
    • cloudlayer.com
    • GMaps styled map wizard
  • Readable

  • Interactive

  • Fast
    • Use a CDN
    • Don't pass through too much data
    • Don't use too many polygons (draw shapes on the server and send flat images to the map, if possible)

They have a bunch of points, for each point they define arbitrary clusters.