Bootleaf, an open-source web-map framework

While I was working at IAG, we needed an easy way to create and maintain web maps for a variety of internal uses.

The maps needed to be fast to create, and to support a wide variety of data types including GeoServer WMS/WFS, ArcGIS Server Dynamic/Tiled/Feature layers, GeoJSON layers, etc. The maps also needed to support Query and Identify functions, plus the ability to extract and download information.

This presentation will explain how we modified the excellent Bootleaf project written by Bryan McBride and made it a more flexible framework for creating web maps.

By simply modifying a configuration file, a new feature-rich web map can be created simply and easily. Furthermore, the web maps are easily customisable for specific use-cases - for example, using type-ahead functions and intelligent dropdowns, or optimising the map for use on an iPad in the field.

This presentation will explain the workings of the Bootleaf application, advantages to using this open-source tool, and instructions for getting started and customising the application.

Presentation type: Full length
Session: Visualisation/Web Mapping


Stephen Lead

Stephen has been a GIS user for ~20 years, starting with command-line Arc/INFO in the 90s, moving to ArcGIS when it was first released, and now also uses Leaflet, GeoServer, Python and Rails to build web maps. Stephen co-founded the GIS consultancy Full Extent in 2012.