[Mapnik-users] Non-standard maps: galaxies? hotels?

owntheweb owntheweb at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 04:28:12 CET 2009

Forgive my ignorance. I'm new to mapnik but am fascinated by the beautiful
maps I'm seeing. 

While digging into tools offered at mapbox.com, I'm hope to to build a
custom galaxy map based on the fictitious galaxy of EVE-online. It's odd
yes, but fun projects like this help make things fun for future drier
projects like exhibitors at a hotel ballroom. 

Any thoughts on where to get started? Should I start with some normal local
maps and work my way into outer space? Can I work with my own vector files?
I do have access to data somewhere where I can generate fake coordinates for
everything, and could draw stuff pragmatically. No problem there, just not
sure where to start digging.

Super ugly rough I created of what I'm talking about:


Each dot has a name. They connect to neighboringish dots (jump gates) using
other data I can look up. It would be cool to show this galactic highway,
with some landmarks and such. :)

I appreciate any feedback/ideas you may have. Thanks much in advance!

EDIT: I found some great resources here regarding shapefiles and such:

Maybe it's good to start from the beginning! Any feedback/pointers are still

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