FOSS4G 2023

“Let’s put it on the map!” a manifestation about : Cartographic interaction, a two-way dialogue between a user and a map mediated by a computing device.
06-28, 14:30–15:00 (Europe/Tirane), UBT C / N111 - Second Floor

These days we have an incredible amount of (open-source) geo-spatial data, remote sensing data and insights, plus the tools to share them with the world! But when building a web map application or dashboard we often end up with too cluttered visualizations, confusing jargon, scary technology or struggle in communicating with the geo-data illiterate. GIS technology can be hard to understand.

How do we design and build a map application showing a huge amount of geo-data accompanied by the elaborate functionality to discover it?
As GIS experts we think from a technological perspective, adding more and more buttons, layers, panels, pop-ups, legends, draw tools, scale-bars. But these GIS terms makes an application confusing, scary and technically hard to understand for the user..
On the other hand, UX and IX designers think about usability, smooth experiences and helping users to easily navigate, see, use and interpret an application. But they lack the understanding of specific map related design requirements and map related interactivity. Here, the map is taken for granted and is often not well designed..

I often find myself mediating between the GIS and cartographic professionals, web-developers, UX and IX designers and data-designers. I believe there is still a lot we can improve with each other!
So let’s bridge the gap and join the conversation about Interactive Cartography! In this talk I will give some clear useful examples. What is Interactive Cartography and what can we learn in this? Be amazed with some simple examples which can quickly improve your web map application!

Niene is a freelance full stack web map developer. Everything she makes is with a creative focus, from geo-data analysis to cartographic visualizations on the web. Ask me anything about making beautiful and useful maps! Check her website or just come and talk to her.