Publishing online with CartoDB

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CartoDB is the name of an incredible stack of open source tools to make dynamic maps on the web.

CartoDB was developed by Vizzuality and they provide a CartoDB up and running that we can use for free (small maps).

To do these exercises, we will create a free account on CartoDB and use it to publish one simple map on the web.


For this exercise we need to create a new shapefile, with the hotels registered in OSM, in the Beijing municipality.

Create the shapefile, making sure that you use the EPSG:4326 and the UTF-8 encoding. Afterwards, create a unique compress file, containing the files of that shapefile.

A map on the web with two mouse clicks

Go to CartoDB and create a free account. After login, you will have no data.

To start online mapping, just drag the file onto the browser. The data is immediately imported.

Cartodb hotel table.png

Just click on Map view.

You first map shows.

Cartodb hotel first map.png