Introduction to QGIS workshop

Last saturday a group of GeoInquietos Madrid organized a QGIS Introduction workshop at Medialab-Prado. It was a total success. Almost 30 people attended and almost every of them gave us a good feedback. Marco explained the QGIS’s user interface and basic tools, Jesús and me, vector analysis, Fran, plugins and Carmen, the printer designer.


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Mapmaking workshop for kids

As I mentioned in my last post, last 5th of December Carmen Langa and me, in addition to a small but very welcome help of other two GeoInquietos (Jesús and Beth), organized a mapmaking workshop for kids at Medialab-Prado which titles was “Taller de Mapas: del papel al digital. Una introducción al mundo de los mapas” (Maps Workshop: from the paper map to the digital one. An introduction to the maps world”). And it was 3 hours of fun.


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Humanitarian OSM Team Mapathon 2015

There have been a lot going on in the GIS world since my last post. Several weeks ago I attended to the The state of mapping on the web: Esri, CartoDB and Mapbox. In this meeting, Raúl Jimenez from Esri, Jorge Sanz from CartoDB and Johan Uhle from Mapbox presented their webmapping platforms and discussed the beautiful moment the geospatial industry is having (you can watch the talk here). Then it was the 2015 Spanish ESRI Conference, the #GISday, #PostGISday and finally, this saturday we celebrate the #OSMgeoWeek running a HOT (Humanitarian OSM Team) mapathon. One of more than 100 around the world.

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Cartographic tools for data journalists

Last Saturday I attended the Jornadas de Herramientas Cartográficas organized by Geoinquietos and the Periodismo de Datos group in Medialab-Prado. Several professionals, cartographers and journalists mostly, gave an insight of their work and the tools they most commonly use. The event was focused on election maps (#electionmaps) and you can find a GitHub repository with all the slides and scripts which were displayed during the workshop.

Thanks to Xosé Manuel Vilán and Jesús García we learnt how to make hex maps with Quantum GIS, Graeme Herbert showed us how to make prediction models applying the not-well-called D’Hont Law and a couple of epidemiologists from the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Rebeca Ramis and Diana Gómez, explained to us how to analyze spatial data with Geoda software. Carlos Gil and Beatriz Martinez also introduced us into mapping with R. A very interesting talk was given by Jorge Sanz from CartoDB.  He showed us how to solve the eternal geographical problem of the Spanish geography: putting the Canary Islands on the map. And he did it with just a few lines of SQL:

You can observe the result thanks to the following map. Before and after running the code.

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Accessibility Mapping Party – Tetuán 5.0

Last weekend I went to the Accessibility Mapping Party 5.0 in Tetuán (Madrid). An event created by Alejandro Zappala and the Geoinquietos group -which I have recently joined- which consisted in a collaborative mapping workshop carry out by local people and some gisters. It was fun to meet a very concerned group of neighbors, users and professionals. The aim of this party was to map the accessibility of the Ventilla’s local business. Something that brought me memories of lots of mornings walking the streets of my hometown. First we walked, then we mapped:

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