Get out of Googleville: my presentation on web mapping

On February 5, 2013, I gave a very short presentation to the Chicago GIS Network Meetup group about alternatives to Google when it comes to mapping on the web. I created the presentation and outline a couple hours before giving it and came up with this slideshow with three frames.

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Google Maps and its data is a one-way street (or many one-way streets). Google will take data but won’t give it back.

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Google Maps has all of these features, but they’re easier to manipulate when you use an alternative. Alternatives like: MapBox, TileMill, OpenLayers, OpenStreetMap (made easy with JOSM), GeoCommons – I’m sure there are plenty more.

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OpenStreetMap is the Wikipedia of online mapping and geographic data. Considering switching to OSM.

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About Steven Vance

Enthusiast for urbanism, bicycling as transportation, and open data. Building a bicycle culture in Chicago.