— Bill Morris (@vtcraghead) August 2, 2013
I did miss the launch of GeoJSON.io when it was released late last month. I tried it out this week and it does what it says on the package: “geojson.io is for drawing, changing, and sharing GeoJSON-formatted map data”.
I’ll still don’t understand enough about mapping to do fully understand the ramifications of GeoJSON.io … but I do know enough to try it out:
I just happened to have a .gpx file of bike racks on campus and so I tried uploading it. And for my trouble, I got this beautiful map (made from OSM and MapBox)
Deleting a couple of extra elements proved very easy to do (once I realized that you have to click on the delete icon before selecting the element that you wanted removed) and so I got rid of a couple straw waypoints.
So I’ve made a map, what do I do now?
If you just want to share your map, you can click the ‘Share’ tab and send a link to friends, or grab HTML for embedding it on your website.
For more flexibility, download the GeoJSON data and you can use it with a number of different tools:
TileMill is an open source, free desktop application for designing maps with awesome style flexibility.
QGIS is an open source, free desktop application for doing GIS analysis on data.
Leaflet is an open source map framework for embedding maps in webpages.
Ok then. I’ve saved my geoJSONed map for future refinement. And because it’s a ‘gist’ hosted on GitHub, you can use it too.