Handling and Visualizing Geospatial Data - Kevin Koy

March 9, 2016 at 5-6:30pm in BIDS, 190 Doe Library


Approximately 35 people

Kevin Koy

Kevin is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS). He was previously executive director at the Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF).

Geospatial Data


To get help beyond this talk, visit the Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility. They have resource guides, office hours, workshops, and more.




There are two general types of GIS data. These are:

Where to find Geospatial Data?


For the demo, there are a few places where the data will be downloaded from:

http://gadm.org http://prism.oregonstate.edu http://www.openstreetmap.org

Kevin demonstrated using QGIS (an open source alternative to ARCGIS). http://www.qgis.org/en/site/

He also showed us how to publish our map data on the webservice Cartodb at https://cartodb.com.

Lightning Talks

Aji : TerraView

Aji shared TerraView, a node.js app which can show information about air quality. It has many layers, a straighforward map, using open street map. But, on top of it, using node.js, there’s an open source package called leaflet which allows lots of extra layers to the map. In real time, new values are updated.