Cartagen – HTML 5/JavaScript framework for dynamic mapping


Cartagen is a vector based client-side framework for rendering maps in native HTML 5 written in JavaScript. it use the new Canvas element to load mapping data from various sources, including OpenStreetMap and renders it in the browser. Maps are styled with Geographic Style Sheets (GSS), a cascading stylesheet specification for geospatial information – a decision which leverages literacy in CSS to make map styling more accessible.


Cartagen allows users to integrate real time data streams and display them in novel ways.It also offers the possibility of rendering OpenStreetMap data which is not currently efficient with tile-based systems – such as authorship and time data.However, GSS is a scripting language as well, making Cartagen an ideal framework for mapping dynamic data.

Instead of sending pre-rendered tiles for every zoom level, Cartagen draws maps dynamically on the client side. This means maps can move, adapt, and redraw, and can include as many layers of data as needed. Vector mapping is done in native HTML 5, which runs on the iPhone and the Android platforms, and uses less bandwidth overall.

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