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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

Project

Progress

Townsville

The following suburbs have been mapped:

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

Next up:

  • Nothing for now.

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

Cairns

This is a new avenue for work and some of the groundwork for it is only being laid now. Suburbs covered include the following possibilities:

  • Bungalow
  • Cairns City
  • Cairns North
  • Manunda
  • Parramatta Park
  • Portsmith
  • Westcourt

Viewing

Interested in viewing the application? Visit here.

Browser support

The application is developed and tested in Firefox (68+) and Chrome (78+) 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 "Legacy" (44+)
    • NOTE: getting street information is frustrating (the clickable space for the street layer seems to be minimal relative to other browsers).
    • NOTE: Testing with "legacy" Edge (ie. non-Chromium based builds) will no longer take place (or will only be done so very infrequently).
  • Edge "Chromium" (79+)

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.

Known Issues

Street Level Data

  • None as of yet.

Development

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.

Local development

Included debug server

The debug_server.py script is a simple non-logging web server that you can use to quickly setup an environment to debug and play with Topomapper. While it will work to serve Topomapper, you are strongly discouraged from using this as a production (ie. public) facing server.

The server is written in Python and works with Python 2 and 3 (and should therefore work on any platform that Python supports including Windows, macOS, Linux and others). To run it, simply execute the script (it will detect the Python version automatically and run as needed) and head over to localhost:8000.

Other options

Anything really. A quick and simple alternative to the included debug server might be something like serve:

$ npm install -g serve
$ cd /path/to/topomapper/
$ serve

License

Everything that isn't the GeoJSON data (see below).

MIT License

Copyright (c) 2019-2020 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 co-ordinate data (datafiles/) and the [tsv/cns].geojson "master" files come from OpenStreetMap (by way of Overpass Turbo). That data is available under the Open Database License (see here).

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Web based application to document the commemorative landscape of place-naming in Townsville (QLD, AU).

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