Welcome to the Web Map Workshop series! Web maps are interactive mapping applications that live on the web and serve to visualize, distribute, explore, manipulate, and collect data. Web maps are proving an excellent and engaging medium for telling stories that quickly communicate complex spatial messages to users, and represent one of the many ways spatial data is being used to influence policy and society.


This series of workshops introduces the fundamentals of web mapping through a technical, tutorial-based lens that is designed to complement your other coursework and project work at DUSP, specifically Sarah Williams' Crowdsourced City course and Joe Ferreira's Advanced GIS course. The workshop series will use a variety of modern tools and techniques, starting with introducing web programming basics and website fundamentals, then introduce a web mapping library called Leaflet that utilizes HTML, CSS, and Javascript to display spatial data and create rich, interactive map experiences.

The workshops are organized into nine modular sessions, designed to be taken in order.

This workshop series is designed for beginners and contains no required prerequisites outside of a desire to improve your coding skills and learn how to utilize web development and programming to make web-based maps. A basic understanding of modern website design and structure using HTML, CSS, and Javascript is helpful, but not necessary. We will cover alot of the basics in the first couple of sessions.

Sign up and Registration

Sign up at the following link to get on the workshop mailing list or RSVP for specific sessions.
Web Map Workshop Sign up

Notes and Links

The following Google Doc will be updated weekly with resources and materials relevant to the exercise materials and topics. Web Map Workshop Notes and Links

Contact Mike Foster (mjfoster@mit.edu) with questions.


Each workshop is modular and designed to stand independently as a resource online. See below for the session topics, tutorials, and materials.

We hope you join us this semester for an exciting journey into web mapping!

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