Andy Eschbacher

Introducing CARTOframes: A Python Interface for CARTO

It’s with a lot of pride that we’re releasing CARTOframes, a Python package for interacting with CARTO that’s built specifically with data scientists in mind.

CARTOframes allows data scientists to extract the power of CARTO without leaving their Python environment. It also speaks the language of some of the de facto standards of the data science community: Jupyter notebooks, pandas, matplotlib, and SQL/PostGIS. Because of this, CARTOframes easily ties in with the wider Python ecosystem.

We had the following goals in mind when creating CARTOframes:

  • Enable data scientists to easily integrate CARTO into their workflows
  • Create data-driven maps with sensible and responsive cartographic defaults
  • Augment datasets using the Data Observatory
  • Perform spatial analysis using CARTO’s cloud-based PostGIS database
  • Use the rich display environment and reproducible workflows of Jupyter notebooks to communicate analyses

CARTOframes in a nutshell

Read from a CARTO dataset (or arbitrary query) into a pandas DataFrame

For any table in your CARTO account (or any SQL query), read it into a pandas DataFrame. This allows you to pull your CARTO dataset or query into the Python environment for analysis outside CARTO.


Send a DataFrame to CARTO as a table

This operation allows you to create a new table from a DataFrame.


Create maps

Create interactive or static maps. If the map is interactive, you get an interactive map like you would see in Builder. For a static map, you get a map returned as a matplotlib image.


Interact with the Data Observatory

Search the Data Observatory for measures of interest and then get an augmented version of that dataset with the new measures.


Get started using CARTOframes

Of course this is just the beginning. Watch this space for more to come out of CARTOframes :)

About the author
Andy Eschbacher

Andy Eschbacher is a data scientist at CARTO, where he integrates data science solutions into CARTO's infrastructure, solves spatial data science problems for clients, and builds out tools to better enable people working at the intersection of data science and GIS.

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