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Topomapper

Description

As part of a larger research project, this mobile friendly web application documents the commemorative work done through the street naming in Townsville, QLD (Australia). Sparked by work in critical toponymy that highlights the selective comemorative work done through the mundane naming practices of civic space (Azaryahu, 1996; Berg & Vuolteenaho, 2009; Rose-Redwood, 2016; Smith, 2018), this web application seeks to surface the people, events and moments remembered across the city's geography.

Topomapper Screenshot

Progress

The following suburbs have been mapped:

  • Townsville City
  • North Ward
  • South Townsville
  • Belgian Gardens

NOTE: Efforts to map will slow down as each of the four suburbs above will be cleaned up, proofed and filled out with further context.

Viewing

Interested in viewing the application? Visit here.

Browser support

The application is developed and tested in Firefox (68) but has been tested on and is thought to work with the following (with little to no errors).

Desktop

  • Firefox (68)
  • Chrome (74)
  • Safari (12.1.1)
  • Edge (44) - NOTE: getting street information is frustrating (the clickable space for the street layer seems to be minimal relative to other browsers)

Mobile

  • Safari (iOS, 12.3.1)
  • Chrome (Android, 74)

It is possible (and likely for those that aren't much older than these) that it will work with older browsers and those not listed here.

Install/deploy on your own server

  1. Clone the code

    git clone https://github.com/bryan-ab-smith/topomapper.git

  2. Get a MapBox token. See here for more information (you will need to sign up for a MapBox account if you don't already have one). Add this to js/mapbox.js.template as the value for the mbToken variable.

  3. There are two map styles - one satellite and one "light." In mapbox.js.template, there is a variable for each (mbStyleLight and mbStyleSat). Ultimately, the style doesn't matter but note that the light variant is the default. You can get and generate styles here using MapBox Studio. Once you've generated/created a style, copy the style url (eg. mapbox://...) to the appropriate variables in mapbox.js.template.

  4. Rename js/mapbox.js.template to js/mapbox.js.

  5. Upload everything to your web server and everything should work.

License

MIT License

Copyright (c) 2019 Bryan Smith

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Note about the street GeoJSON data

The GeoJSON data (datafiles/) comes from OpenStreetMap. That data is available under the Open Database License (see here).

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