Course info
May 9, 2016
2h 38m

Create maps that are beautiful as well as geospatially accurate. In this course, Geospatial Mapping with D3, you'll learn the concepts behind geospatial data and the world of cartography, which has been around for centuries! First, you'll gain an understanding of how maps are built, how the cartographers of the world use maps, and then you'll dig into functionally working with this data using open source tools to process your shapefiles into something you can draw in D3. Next, you'll learn how to convert files to various formats, clip files to a specific area, filter files down using SQL-like syntax, and simplify the output of files. Once you have our data pulled together and format ready to draw in D3, you'll dive into drawing maps with TopoJSON, combining data from a fictitious company's sale system and your topojson data. When you finish this course, you'll have the practical skills needed to make beautiful and useful maps in D3.

About the author
About the author

I work as a feedback mechanism for organizations and teams to help them understand what’s going on with their products and processes. I do this by collecting and organizing their data, visually exploring it, enriching it with other data and metrics, then presenting my findings using creative information design techniques. This leads to improved business performance and often sparks a data-driven culture throughout my clients organizations.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, everyone, my name is Ben Sullins, and welcome to my course, Geospatial Mapping in D3. Have you ever wanted to make beautiful maps on the web for your users? Have you tried and been lost looking for which way to go or how to figure it out? There's dozens of tools out there and ways to get going. Well, I've felt that way too. That's why I created this course, for you, the web developer, the data vis expert, the cartographer. In this course, we're going to learn the techniques and practical skills you need to build beautiful maps that tell the incredible story of your users using D3. Working with mapping data can also be challenging. So, we'll start there to get our foundation before we get into drawing maps. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include working with Shapefiles using command line tools, converting GeoJSON to TopoJSON and what the difference is, making beautiful maps for users in D3. By the end of this course, you'll have all the knowledge and skills necessary to build beautiful maps from scratch in D3. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with basic web technology such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Some background working in the BASH Shell would also help, but it's not required. I hope you'll join me in this journey to learn Geospatial Mapping in D3.