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Use Leaflet and OSM with density map and clustering #37
As we discussed, I'm starting a branch to work on:
About the density map: do we want to group per country? Something like this: http://leaflet.cloudmade.com/examples/choropleth.html ?
About the clustering, maybe using the @danzel plugin could do the job: http://danzel.github.com/Leaflet.markercluster/example/marker-clustering-realworld.388.html
Thanks for the proposal :)
+1 for leaflet
+1 for OSM tiles, we just need a provider able to handle a decent amount of traffic for free (or in exchange of some sort of acknowledgment on the site like we do with Heroku). I don't know what's the traffic like at the moment though.
+1 for the clustering plugin, coupled with an ajax view that returns geoJSON given a client's bounding box it'd work great.
As for density maps: I was thinking about something a bit more advanced than per-country grouping. E.g. implement the marching squares algorithm to determine the boundaries for a given number of density levels, then simply draw those boundaries as leaflet polygons, with a
Each polygon could have a solid border and a given opacity, for high density zones they'd stack and the overall opacity would increase as the density increases. What do you think of this approach? Polygons should obviously be computed on a daily (or so) basis and cached somewhere. We have redis or postgres for that.
The main limitation is that the current Heroku database plan doesn't support PostGIS. We could ask @jacobian if we can upgrade it but it's something like 5x more expensive. Naive bounding box queries would work at the moment without postgis though so it's probably not blocking anything.
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