Ian Cairns

by Ian Cairns

In the context of our [TileMill](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/08/tilemill-custom-maps-to-help-with-data-dumps-hyper-local215.html) project, we’ve been talking about our goal to help make open data from governments more actionable by making it easier to turn GIS data into custom maps. We’re focused on building better tools so people can turn data into custom maps to tell better stories online, but another important […] more »

by Ian Cairns

On the [MapBox website](http://mapbox.com/) we describe TileMill — the project we’re working on with our 2010 Knight News Challenge grant — as [“a toolkit for rendering map tiles”](http://mapbox.com/tools/tilemill). To be more specific, it’s essentially a “glue layer.” TileMill is built on top of a cocktail of other open source mapping software projects, and its biggest […] more »

by Ian Cairns

If your organization is working on an open data release and your goal is to maximize the reach and impact of your data, sometimes just releasing the data and tools isn’t enough to accomplish your goal. Derivative products — like custom maps that visualize key data — extend the reach of data even further and […] more »

by Ian Cairns

In my last post about [TileMill](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/08/tilemill-custom-maps-to-help-with-data-dumps-hyper-local215.html), I outlined some of our general plans and the background for why we’re working on this project to help make it easier for people to design very custom maps online. One question that we get a lot from people who are new to the GIS space is, “When would […] more »

by Ian Cairns

[TileMill](http://mapbox.com/tools/tilemill) is an open source toolkit that helps you create beautiful custom maps in the cloud, built by [Development Seed](http://developmentseed.org). We recently won a Knight News Challenge award (a.k.a. [“Tilemapping”](http://www.newschallenge.org/winner/2010/tilemapping)) to help us release a new version of TileMill that will make it even easier for people to design highly custom maps — using their […] more »