Maps Made Easy

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Saturday, November 8 2014
Room: Rainbow Road
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Maps are all over the web these days, and they can be extremely effective tools for finding and sharing information. Embedding a simple Google Map is easy, but what about building something that is more integrated with your content?

It turns out you can build awesome integrated maps in Drupal almost entirely with point-and-click tools: all you need is the Open Source Leaflet library, Views, and a few other Contrib Modules. In this session we'll show you how by interactively building a site with a map from a bare Drupal 7 install.

Participants will choose what type of mappable content to create, and will be asked to add content using their own devices to build a rich demonstration of the map's capabilities.

As we assemble the required modules and configure our site, we will discuss the roles played by each module without a bunch of geospatial techno-babble.

By the end of the session, we will have an interactive map displaying content that is easy for any site user to input using address data. If there is sufficient time, we will discuss how to customize the map's "tiles", add plugins, use proximity filtration, and other potential features for your map!

The session will be led by Gabe Carleton-Barnes, a co-maintainer of the Leaflet module.