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CartoDB workshop in Barcelona

Last Monday I attended a workshop about CartoDB, organized by Media140 (with whom I’ve also collaborated: 1 and 2) and presented by Sergio Álvarez.

CartoDB is a powerful and open source geospatial data management and visualization tool. It does everything Google Fusion Tables does, and more. If you’re comfortable with SQL queries and CSS (CartoDB uses Carto, a stylesheet language from Mapbox similar to CSS), you can get amazing results, including hexagonal density grids, or editable and interactive maps. They have more case examples in the gallery, and you can find many more examples online.

In the workshop we learned how to do the basic stuff: upload different kinds of data, visualize them, merge them and tinker a bit with the SQL queries and Carto stylings. We did two maps during the workshop: Spanish unemployment by provinces and life-expectancy rates by country:

I had a CartoDB account way before the workshop but I never got around to try it. I don’t know why, but I thought it was harder to use than Google Fusion Tables, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover how easy it was to work with it. Now I’m looking forward to see how can I use CartoDB in my projects.

Comments

Sergi says:

Interesting post Carlos, I’m also exploring CartoDB potentials.

As I’m still learning I would like to see the data of the map embedded on this post.

Thanks in advance

Hi Sergi, thanks for your comment! The table is public, I don’t really know how to share it, but here is the link:

https://carlosalonso.cartodb.com/tables/5448

Let me know if you have any trouble, and please, share anything you do in CartoDB, I’d like to see it!

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