Anatomy of an Open File Format: Where MBTiles Came from and the Mapping Problems It Solves

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B301

Excerpt

MapBox is a company building beautiful maps and open source tools. At the heart of our work are open software and standards, and at the heart of that is a file format for storing maps called MBTiles. We'll talk about where the need for this format came from, how it was created, and what problems it solves.

Description

MapBox is a company building beautiful maps and open source tools. At the heart of our work are open software and standards, and at the heart of that is a file format for storing maps called MBTiles. We’ll talk about where the need for this format came from, how it was created, and what problems it solves — from dealing with literally billions of map tiles, to using map technology in an offline environment, to enabling cross-platform toolchains. Even if you’re not a map hacker, you’ll gain insights about how to think about difficult problems and apply open source tools towards solving them. Plus, you’ll get to see some really sweet maps.

Speaking experience

I've not given this talk before, but I'm quite comfortable speaking in front of groups of all sizes. I was a headline speaker recently at SecondConf in Chicago (http://www.secondconf.com/speakers/, video at http://vimeopro.com/secondconf/2011/video/37868157), a recent Drupalcon (http://codesorcery.net/dcdc), and I speak frequently at meetups around Portland (CocoaHeads, Drupal).

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