Maptime: open hack night!

We'll all just be sitting around a table working on various map projects. If you have a project you're working on, you can come work on it at the hack night, show it off, ask people for help, or whatever. If you don't have a project, we can point you to some tutorials you can work on, and you can ask any of us for help if you get stuck. Just work on whatever you like, in a group with other map people!

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  • Jason F.

    This morning, I finishing importing some shapefiles using shp2pgsql, but my data looks like it has improper coordinates (remember Apple thinking you were in the middle of Africa?)... What are the ways I can massage the data? http://i.imgur.com/DqDuUhB.png

    December 5, 2013

    • Alan M.

      You can't tell (I don't think) very much by looking at the contents of the geom column. What you need to do is figure out what spatial reference that column is using. Try Find_SRID on that column (http://postgis.refrac...­) and see what you get. Then see if that matches the projection of the original shapefile (look in the .prj file). Then when you figure out what the SRID is supposed to be, you can reset it in PostGIS with ST_SetSRID (http://postgis.org/do...­)

      December 5, 2013

    • Jason F.

      Thanks, Alan. I had a thought that it was a projection issue.

      December 5, 2013

  • Jason F.

    Good networking and having resources nearby to ask quick questions.

    December 4, 2013

  • Rachel K.

    I'm sorry I missed Maptime tonight. I'm extremely busy designing close to 100 prints to launch my own shop on Etsy as soon as possible. I will be selling framed 8" x 10" inkjet prints (giclees) based on hand-printed linocuts of maps from around the world. I'll let you guys know when it is all ready to go, so you can check out an artist's approach to map-making, if nothing else. Wish me luck!

    2 · December 4, 2013

  • Jason F.

    Alan, is there a spot I can stash my bike inside while attending? The peace of mind knowing my bike won't be missing any parts would be great :)

    December 4, 2013

    • Alan M.

      Yup, we have a bike room at Stamen. Bring it on up!

      December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So much stuff to do! I feel terrible not making a Maptime yet. What sort of room for designers is there? I think Stamen makes beautiful maps and I'm curious how I could best contribute to Maptime(besides having an awesome learning experience).

    December 3, 2013

    • Alan M.

      There are a few regular attendees who are more design-oriented. Mostly we focus on learning the tools, but we'd love to have more design perspective to help out people who are working on map projects.

      1 · December 4, 2013

  • Raymond Y.

    Have a good time everyone. I hope this meetup with continue in 2014!

    2 · December 2, 2013

    • Alan M.

      We promise, it will!

      3 · December 2, 2013

  • Amy S.

    Unfortunately going to miss hack night - happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    November 24, 2013

  • Jason F.

    Time for me to kick into high gear with my project!

    FYI - I want to make a comprehensive trail map around the Bay Area for hiking and cycling and deliver it using Leaflet (or whatever). Currently the parks, open spaces and preserves have different cartography styles and are split up into individual entities and are disjointed. I want to correct that to enable to plan their trip easier.

    Future features will be to allow users to draw their intended path for planning and get elevation and distance data back to get a feel for what they plan on doing. This will use my existing web dev skills.

    1 · November 21, 2013

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