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Building Web Maps with Leaflet (#maptimeDavis)

February 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to building an interactive web map to display spatial data using the Leaflet javascript library. This workshop occurs during UC Love Data Week, and all members of the University of California system are welcome to register.

Learning Objectives

After the workshop learners should be able to:

  • Identify the HTML tags most commonly used to format text on a web page;
  • Load javascript libraries into a web page;
  • Use the Leaflet javascript library to display spatial data in an HTML page;
  • Identify where to get additional help with HTML and Leaflet;
  • Describe best practices for communicating data distributions with a web map.



Learners should have a basic understanding of spatial data formats such as vector and raster data, as well as experience with any coding language. Learners with previous experience with coding in HTML and javascript will have an easier time learning, but these skills are not required.


This workshop requires prior installation and access to the following software on your local machine:

  • Text editor, preferably with syntax highlighting. Options include Atom for all operating systems or Notepad++ for Windows.
  • Web browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari (just not Internet Explorer).


Instructor: Michele Tobias

Instructor’s Biography

Michele Tobias is a biogeomorphologist with a background in geospatial methods for ecology. At DataLab, she helps researchers understand and design geospatial methods and workflows, from data collection to spatial analysis to data visualization and cartography. Michele earned her PhD from UC Davis in Geography where she studied California’s sandy beach ecosystem with a mix of traditional phytosociological methods and innovative remote sensing tools. She has a bachelor’s degree in Geography (focused on biogeography) and German (focusing on linguistics) from UCLA and a master’s degree in Ecology (resource ecology & management) from University of Michigan. She worked at the UC Davis Information Center for the Environment as a postdoctoral scholar. Michele’s research interests include applying spatial analysis methods to new avenues of research.

Location: Zoom. Please register to receive Zoom link.

Registration: https://registration.genomecenter.ucdavis.edu/events/BuildingWebMapsLeafletMaptimeDavis/register/

Cost: Free of charge.


February 15, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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