This week, we had to explore two different mapping tools: Mapbox Studio and QGIS. The custom map is above and also on my github page. I ended up mapping Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), which are collectives of local businesses that take an active role in maintaining and improving their neighborhoods. I got the data from NYC Open Data. After making this, I looked through the gallery of custom maps on Mapbox Studio, and it seems like it’s a super flexible tool that I hope to revisit.
For the QGIS assignment, I took cues from the reading from How To Lie With Maps, choosing the politically charged territory of Israel and Palestine. I isolated and abstracted the territory, leaving the surrounding areas empty except for very lightly drawn roads. Unlike the maps in the reading, though, doesn’t have a clear propaganda message (which is good because my own feelings on the topic are complicated).
This week, I mapped my own data from the Moves app. After trying and failing at creating animation with Leaflet.Polyline.SnakeAnim, I decided instead to take up the challenge of creating toggled displays based on time filters. I first attempted to change the display using removeLayer() based on states being true or false, but it only worked when I bound the layer displays to click functions:
The code is a bit clunky, but hey, it works. See evidence here.
This week, I tackled working with data in mapping and github.io. The latter part of the process definitely the more difficult part, since I command line and the whole idea of git are new to me. The (finally!) successful result, a map projecting floodplain and sea level rise due to climate change, lives here.
The other great discovery this week, in addition to a very basic understanding of git, is the source of the data for this exercise: NYC Open Data. It’s incredible that the city makes all of its data available—from historic sites to tree maps, taxi rides to health concerns. Living in a city means that data is collected from you everywhere you go, and it’s amazing that the city government is giving it back to us, no strings attached.