Dam it, even beginners can make awesome maps.

After an international twist of fate facilitated by the Twittersphere, an eager but ill-equipped beginner lands a contract to build a dynamic web map of dams in the Mekong River Basin.

Specifically, this map needs to allow users to highlight river catchments and change the dam layer's display parameters. Researchers have ranked aspects like natural flood threat and flood control capacity of 67 dams in the Mekong, and they want users to be able to change between those aspects to see how rankings play out across the region.

Armed with an aging MacBook, Google, and the support of red wine, the intrepid beginner sets out to map ranked dams in the Mekong.

It isn't easy. Explaining to dyed-in-the-wool ArcGIS users a half a world away that no, you can't open that database with QGIS is a bit of a task. Learning javascript because GeoJSON is your quickest free solution can cause tears and an increase in alcohol consumption.

But the results are awesome. And revealing. And useful.

Using the Lower Se San Dam II as a case study, this presentation will explore the steps that took shapefiles destined for flat maps through open source software and into the world of the dynamic and slippy.

See the map in all its beginner glory! Bask in its unabashedly clunky UI!



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Regency A - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:30 to 11:05