[ddj] [Spam?] Re: Visualizing data on a map of Germany (county-level)

Bauer Michael michael.bauer at derstandard.at
Fri Jun 5 07:47:41 UTC 2015

I’d second qgis as a way to bring data into your shapefile.

Also cartodb.com understands shapefiles (or geojson) and gives you a decent way to create an online map from it.


From: data-driven-journalism [mailto:data-driven-journalism-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Friedrich Lindenberg
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For Germany, check out:

* http://blog.opendatalab.de/hack/2013/07/15/heilbronn-regionalstatistik-visualisierung/
* http://checkgermany.de/
* http://www.bkg.bund.de/nn_147352/DE/Bundesamt/Geoinformation/Geoinformation-Produktion/Verwaltungsgrenzen/Verwaltungsgrenzen__node.html__nnn=true

The most common issue with German municipal ("Kreis") level data is the fact that the regional delimitations (and hence their AGS ids) change surprisingly often, the last major reform was in 2009 and affected most of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Aachen. If the municipal AGS in your data and your map files don't match up, the first thing to do is to make sure that both refer to the same year. This makes comparisons across different years (or even decades) an incredibly tough thing to pull off.

In terms of tools: QGIS, and the tools mentioned here around topojson and geojson ;)


- Friedrich

On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM, Maurizio Napolitano <napo at fbk.eu<mailto:napo at fbk.eu>> wrote:
On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 2:13 PM, Matthew Fullerton
<matt.fullerton at gmail.com<mailto:matt.fullerton at gmail.com>> wrote:
> In case its any help there's a great source of all the Landkreise as geojson
> here: https://github.com/isellsoap/deutschlandGeoJSON/tree/master/4_kreise
> There are probably various approaches for matching these to the data but in
> terms of coloring things differently according to data, cartoDB is quite
> good (www.cartodb.com<http://www.cartodb.com>).

You can also try with topojson and d3 -  http://bl.ocks.org/mbostock/5925375
or leaftlet and geojsoncss -  https://github.com/albburtsev/Leaflet.geojsonCSS
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