Maps From Scratch was a 2009 E-Tech Tutorial and Where 2.0 Tutorial by Stamen.s Michal Migurski and Shawn Allen. We.ve collected some of our notes and relevant links here where they might be useful to people who didn.t attend the tutorial but would like a bit of hand-holding in generating your own maps from geo data.
During our tutorial, we used Amazon EC2 to provide all attendees with a pre-configured Debian Linux server featuring installed geographic software packages like GDAL, PostGIS, Mapnik, TileCache and others.
The AMI we used is now freely available to anyone, along with subsequent revisions incorporating new data and new code:
We plan to add links to relevant software libraries and tutorials here as we encounter them. Mail us if there.s something specific you.d like to see.