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Talking Ferguson on Twitter and localness

For trending topics, Twitter likes to show an animated map of how a lot of people talked about something at once. They pushed one out…

Map of military surplus distribution

With the situation in Ferguson, the New York Times mapped the distribution of military surplus through Defense Department program. Equipment, especially assault rifles, have gone…

Interactive documentary takes you through space and orbits

Impressive work in A Spacecraft for All: This Chrome Experiment follows the unlikely odyssey of the ISEE-3, a spacecraft launched in 1978 to study the…

Where the poor live, a decade comparison

To better understand race and poverty, MetroTrends maps where people live whose income is below the poverty line. The history, geography, and politics of individual…

Mapping the spread of drought, nationally

Although California has perhaps had it the worst, drought also affects other states, mainly the southwestern ones. Mike Bostock and Kevin Quealy for the New…

Cultural history via where notable people died

A group of researchers used where "notable individuals" were born and place of death, based on data from Freebase, as a lens into culture history.…

Explorations of People Movements

A new data source gave rise to a different set of visualization projects. We see people.

Misery index based on perceived temperature

Late last year, Cameron Beccario made a wind map for earth, inspired by an earlier work by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg. Beccario has been…

Flights around Ukraine

The New York Times is covering Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with a series of maps. The ones above show a sample of recent flights in…

Geologic map of Mars

The USGS released a more detailed geologic map of Mars, not just renderings based on rough models. The USGS-led mapping effort reveals that the Martian…

Test your geographic knowledge in Google map game

Smarty Pins is a simple, fun map game by Google. You get a trivia clue about some location, and the goal is to drop the…

Real-time lightning map

Blitzortung is a community of volunteers who install inexpensive lightning sensors and transmit their data to a central server. In return, those who run the…

Detailed UK census data browser

DataShine Census provides a detailed view into United Kingdom 2011 census data. Population, housing, income, commute, and other variables are available. The DataShine mapping platform…

New York City taxi trips mapped

While we're on the topic of NYC taxi data, Eric Fischer for Mapbox mapped all 187 million trips. Each observation contains the start and end…

Watch the U.S. population center shift west

According to the U.S. census, the mean center of the population shifted west every decade since 1790. They show the change in a simple animation.…

OpenGeofiction, the creation of an imaginary and realistic world

Sharing the same collaborative principles as OpenStreetMap, a wiki-based map for the real world, OpenGeofiction is an experiment in mapping an imaginary world. Opengeofiction is…

Mercator projection with pole shifted to where you live

Drew Roos made a thing that lets you move the poles of the Mercator projection to anywhere in the world. As you probably know, map…

Using open data to find the perfect home

Justin Palmer and his family have lived in a dense urban area of Portland, Oregon for the past seven years, but now they're in the…

Evolution and history of London

Using data from the National Heritage List for England, the London Evolution Animation shows the historical development of London. Mainly, it depicts roads and protected…

Gotham City map

In 1998, artist Eliot R. Brown created a map of Gotham City for the Batman No Man's Land series. Brown describes the process of making…

Drought map shows extreme shortages

From the U.S. National Drought Monitor. The entire state of California is in some level of drought, much of it extreme to exceptional. Snowpack is…

NBA basketball fans by ZIP code

After the popularity of The Upshot's baseball fandom map, it's no surprise the same group followed up with an NBA map of the same ilk.…