Posts Tagged ‘GitHub’

GitHub, geoJSON and geodata

July 1, 2013 1 comment

In addition to hosting open source code and supporting documentation, GitHub has recently announced support for rendering geographic data encoded in geoJSON, an open format for encoding geographic data that is supported by a number of popular mapping applications. This means any .geojson file stored in a GitHub repository will be rendered automatically as ‘…an interactive, browsable map‘ with the base mapping provided by OpenStreetMap. Topologically structured data are supported via the TopoJSON format. GitHub have also provided a javascript template to allow users to embed the data in their own javascript-enabled HTML pages.

Visualising geodata in GitHub

Visualising geodata in GitHub

Although many of the .geojson files currently hosted seem largely experimental, GitHub could develop into a useful spatial data resource and one to remember when searching online for open data.