For the next two days, DJ and I are at the TUgis conference, Towson University’s annual GIS conference. We’re looking forward to connecting with folks coming at mapping from the GIS side, learning more about what they need, and teaching them about what’s possible now in web mapping. I’m particularly excited for today’s keynote from Barney Krucoff, Maryland’s GIO officer, who gave a great talk about what the state is doing to release its GIS data at this month’s Geo DC meetup.

DJ and I will be running TileMill and MapBox Streets demos all day from the MapBox exhibit booth. Tomorrow, we’ll lead two sessions:

Designing Fast and Beautiful Maps with MapBox and TileMill: In this session we’ll walk through how to use TileMill to design maps, taking participants from a spreadsheet to a custom designed map, and then sharing it online with our cloud map hosting service and getting it live on a website via embeddable widgets and the MapBox API. *Tuesday, 10:45 am*

An Open Source Web Mapping Tool Box: This 90 minute workshop starts with a brief walk through of open source mapping tools and examples of what’s possible in the world of web mapping. It will be followed by two one hour simultaneous workshops to suit different mapping needs. Participants will choose between a hands on workshop with GIS analysis and cartography using open sources tools, or a walk through of the fundamentals of building a microsite with your maps and some light web languages. *Tuesday, 3:30 pm*

If you want to talk about open source maps, MapBox, or anything else, come find us at the MapBox exhibit table. We’ll be posting updates from TUgis via Twitter as well at @ian_villeda and @djindc.