I have 5 point datasets that I want to display and be able to filter by fields. I will then be able to hand draw a polygon and export Excel of the data from each dataset within the polygon.

Which web map API should I use? I was looking at mapbox/turf and geojson, but this seems limited.

  • Mapbox is built on Leaflet, which I suspect can easily handle what you describe (though saving to Excel from a Javascript application will be a bit of a hack, it is doable). Your question is a bit on the broad side for this format, though, and could you clarify what you mean by limited? Feb 18, 2015 at 7:50
  • I was reading about the Turf library for Mapbox and I didn't see a function that would be used for spatial data selection, but maybe I am wrong. I am really hoping there is a webmap out there that demonstrates what I am aiming to do.
    – mapmedia
    Feb 18, 2015 at 8:19
  • Have a look at the examples in Leaflet or OpenLayers, drawing a polygon and outputting to csv, json, etc. Feb 18, 2015 at 8:28

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For drawing the polygons, use Leaflet Draw.

Also, check out the turf.within function. It takes a set of points and a set of polygons and returns the points that fall within the polygons.

For the excel piece, there are several ways to hack this. The easiest would probably be to setup a simple server endpoint that runs ogr2ogr on your geojson and outputs a csv or xls. Another quick alternative would be to parse out the csv in memory, then post the string to a github gist.

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