Build beautiful interactive maps on your Drupal website, and tell engaging visual stories with your data. This concise guide shows you how to create custom geographical maps from top to bottom, using Drupal 7 tools and out-of-the-box modules. You’ll learn how mapping works in Drupal, with examples on how to use intuitive interfaces to map local events, businesses, groups, and other custom data.
Although building maps with Drupal can be tricky, this book helps you navigate the system’s complexities for creating sophisticated maps that match your site design. Get the knowledge and tools you need to build useful maps with Drupal today.
Get up to speed on map projections, the ethics of making maps, and the challenges of building them online
Learn how spatial data is stored, input by users, manipulated, and queried
Use the OpenLayers or GMap modules to display maps with lists, tables, and data feeds
Create rich, custom interactions by applying geolocation
Customize your map’s look and feel with personalized markers, map tiles, and map popups
Build modules that add imaginative and engaging interactions
Alan Palazzolo is a Code for America fellow, and has been a big contributor to mapping modules, most notably OpenLayers. He maintains several Drupal modules and has been a featured speaker at Drupal events around the world. Alan led the first ever Code Review Sprint to review project applications at DrupalCon Chicago 2011.
Thomas Turnbull has been building websites in PHP since 2002, and working with Drupal since 2006. He has been an organizer for Drupal Camp New York, and has been contributor and maintainer for several Drupal modules. He has done Drupal development for Sony Music in New York, where he built sites for artists on their record labels using Drupal, and is currently working for Zagat, helping to migrate their website over to Drupal.
Mapping with Drupal by Alan Palazzolo and Thomas Turnbull provides a hands-on, in-depth exploration of a the most popular tools for turning your favorite CMS into a geospatially enabled data management system. Contextualising and demonstrating modules such as Geofield, GMap and Location modules and the OpenLayers framework, Palazzolo and Turnbull provide a superbly crafted guidebook to allow a user to quickly get up to speed and undertaand the strengths and weaknesses of available solutions. Background information on cartography and a limited amount on extending Drupal quickly brings a novice up to speed. Subsequent chapters take a practical approach and the step-by-step instructions lead the reader through concrete real-world examples.
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