Roll your own mapping server

  • April 2, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Ever dreamed of running your own website with your own custom map tiles derived from OpenStreetMap data and elevation (terrain) data and a customisable routing engine? You need lots of different bits of technology, each with their own learning curve. Well, I've made a roll-your-own-mapping-server deployment tool (, and I'd like to teach you how to use it. By the end of the night, you will have your own server up and running - your own version of

The major components are: TileMill, PostGIS, OSM2PGSQL, Nginx, OSRM. Salt is used to manage the configuration.

This event is hosted at Crowdspot, in a very small venue, so numbers are limited to 12. Please RSVP only if you meet the pre-requisites.

- basic Ubuntu system administration skills (SSHing, running Bash commands, editing files, starting and stopping services, etc)
- a clean Ubuntu Quantal server to deploy to. (You can use Vagrant, but you'll need to allocate a lot of memory to the VM). If you can't get a server at short notice, I can provide one for training (on request) but you won't be able to keep it.
- a laptop to use on the night.

Please bring your own hacking-friendly food and drinks. 6pm for a 6:30 start.

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