PGCon2012 - Final Release

PGCon 2012
The PostgreSQL Conference

Steve Singer
Day Talks - 2 - Friday - 2012-05-18
Room MRT 212
Start time 09:00
Duration 01:00
ID 432
Event type Lecture
Track GIS
Language used for presentation English

Making your own maps

An introduction in using free Geospatial data

PostGIS is an extension to PostgreSQL that turns PostgreSQL into a superb spatial database. Storing spatial data in PostgreSQL is a great way too use up the space on your SSD's however using the data to make maps is much more fun. This talk is aimed at people with limited GIS experience and will talk about how to use OpenStreetMap data for map making.

We will tell you how you can get free geo-spatial data from OpenStreetMap and how it can be loaded into a PostGIS database. Common methods of using and accessing your data will be discussed including:

  • Open Source desktop GIS software
  • Generating custom map tiles for use on your website
  • Making pretty paper maps.

This talk will introduce common tools and techniques used to with PostGIS when working with OpenStreetMap data. This is a user focused talk suitable for people who have next to no GIS background.