This is the lead document from a hands-on workshop held on November 18, 2008 at Purdue University Libraries. The session led participants through the creation of an online map mashup. Mashups are all the rage, of course (or have been since ~2005, anyway), and the tools available to make them have increased almost exponentially. This document walks through the basics of the mashup, with a look at Google Maps, Yahoo! Pipes, and OpenLayers, then proceeds to step through the process of creating one's own. The objectives of the session were as follows:

create a simple map mashup using tabular data from some external source achieve a better understanding of how these modern applications take advantage of data fluidity understand the connection between these lightweight web apps and the larger field of GIS


mashup, geospatial, Web 2.0


Workshop Materials

Date of this Version

November 2008