Second installment of our [Developer Interview]series. How are developers using CartoDB to develop geospatial applications? They tell you. Today we welcome Liam Densley. Liam is a Data Analyst at Geoplex, a company based out in Sydney creating some advanced projects with CartoDB.
We’ve also used CartoDB on a series of non public projects including traffic data visualization and analysis, a system which the delivery of vector data to mobile field devices, visualisation of demographic data in the education sector and tracking vehicle sensor activity in near real time.
In general we choose CartoDB for the following factors:
We use a broad spectrum of geospatial technologies including desktop packages such as ArcMap, QGIS, Mapinfo, and server products like ArcGIS Server and GeoServer. Additionally, we use Postgres/Postgis extensively, and open source libraries such as GDAL/OGR.
Currently we still use desktop products for large data volume processing and the more complicated analysis workflows. CartoDB fills the data server/visualization space on web delivery projects. We tend to use CartoDB to support online transactional spatial operations on the web, but still use PostGIS locally for the high volume data processing if required.
CartoDB is a very attractive solution for our clients who have little to no exposure of GIS or spatial data and analysis. It’s also useful for those organisations who are still heavily desktop focussed yet have a need to quickly and easily share their work with the public or a wider audience. CartoDB is not as fully featured as other larger GIS servers, such as ArcGIS Server, however the financial investment is significantly less.
In those organisations which have a mature capability and need we’re still seeing adoption of the larger traditional GIS technology, in our view solutions such as ArcGIS are still compelling when you need a high level of frictionless integration, but this space is rapidly changing. Rapid development of tools like QGIS and Mapbox’s Studio are gradually eroding this difference.
We thank Liam and Geoplex for taking the time to share their experiences. If you are a geospatial developer interested in a modern platform to develop on, take a look at this intro presentation: [CartoDB for Developers].
If you are already developing geospatial products using CartoDB, take a look at our Developers Program, and stay tuned for more developer interviews. And if you’d like to share your experiences, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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