In this tutorial we will be making a laser cut wooden map using open data from Vancouver's Open data catalog. The Vancouver open data catalog has many different shape files that can be used, in this tutorial we will be using the coastal and public street data.
You can use this tutorial to make maps of any city that you have the shp file for. The Github repo has files for some other major city.
Video version of the tutorial. http://youtu.be/V_0t9ctAAbE
Step 1: Download, install TileMill and start a new project.
- You can download TileMill for free from MapBox.
- After you have installed TileMill start a new project.
Step 3: Download shape data from Vancouver open data catalog
Vancouver has a public open data catalog that has shape files (SHP) that can be download and imported into TileMill. In this tutorial we will be using the “Shoreline 2002” and “Public streets” shape files.
- Download the shapefiles from the vancouver open data catalog that you want to use, and extract the archives to your project directory.
Step 4: Import the shape files into TileMill
- Open the layer menu by clicking the layer icon in the bottom left of the main dialog.
- Click the “Add Layer” button
- On the “Add Layer” dialog, Click the “Browse” button next to the data source. This will pop up a new dialog where you can browse for the shapefile that you want to import.
- Browse to your project directory and click on the “shoreline2002.shp” data. Then click the “Done’ button next to the data source field.
- On the “Add Layer” dialog, click the “Save & Style” button
- You should see the vancouver coastline data in blue.
- Repeat this step for the public street shapefile and non City Streets