Last month, Restlet and API Evangelist launched a virtual hackaton: Summer of API. The latter is focused on implementing a Web API that aims to build an API project to expose an Open Data set. This lasts all summer so it lets the time to think about a real project, design it properly and finally implement it!
They suggested the following dataset: Open datasets suggestion list. This contains some really cool data to display, for example from NASA.
Ideas and features
Under the hood, the application will leverage layers of data. So you can pick data up from different sources and aggregate them to display something like in the following picture.
This can be done using a set of layers described below.
Layers could be pure map data, shapes (like polygons, circles, and so on) or processing to fill areas. For the two last ones, properties could be dependent on values of a particular dataset.
The project is open-source and hosted on Github (https://github.com/templth/geo-open-data-viz).
In addition to the application itself, some stuff will be provided to install the application effortlessly and manage the dataset.
Finally, I will try to give some details about the way to design and implement the application with APISpark!