Tomorrow I’m giving a keynote at
WhereCamp Boston about the state of open
source mapping tools and possibilities for the future of GIS. The conference,
themed around ‘Spatial Society, Hacking, and Connections’, promises to include
many of the cool things happening in the Boston geospatial scene, which
meets regularly under the iSpatialBoston group.

Building MapBox has meant building a lot of open source:
we host 39 projects under our GitHub organization
and contribute to many more like Modest Maps.
Development Seed also has BSD
code on GitHub that we use to build all of our websites.

My presentation will touch upon the tools that we’ve made,
like TileMill, those we contribute to,
like Mapnik, and the places where the future is being
built, like vector rendering in d3
and usage of WebGL like MapsGL.

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I’m also planning to lead a session on map design
and demo some of the newest open-source code in our toolset, like the professional map previewer lots and UTFGrid 1.2’s
advanced templating support.
I also just propsed a session on Javascript
and would love to share some insights from developing and deploying
both client and server-side Javascript applications.

It’s exciting to talk about the bigger picture that we’re seeing from
being deep in implementation at MapBox, and I’m looking forward to hanging
out with the Boston scene.