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Name popularity by state, animated by year

Using baby name data from the Social Security Administration, Brian Rowe made this straightforward interactive that lets you search a name to see how its…

Your mobility at various times during the day

Isoscope, a class project by Flavio Gortana, Sebastian Kaim and Martin von Lupin, is an interactive that lets you explore mobility around the world. We…

Detailed map of baseball fandom

For the past couple of sports seasons, Facebook mapped the most liked team by county. They did it for football (NFL), the NCAA basketball tournament,…

Where people bike and run, worldwide

Remember those running maps I made with limited data from RunKeeper? Strava, which also provides an app to track your runs and bike rides, has…

Music preference by region

Movoto mapped music preference for various genres, across the United States. We calculated musical taste scores using data from the National Endowment of the Arts,…

Where nobody lives

We've seen the map of where everyone lives. Now here's the reverse of that by Nik Freeman: where nobody lives in the United States. A…

High-detail maps with Disser

Open data consultancy Conveyal released Disser, a command-line tool to disaggregate geographic data to show more details. For example, we've seen data represented with uniformly…

Independent coffee shops and community

As part of the You Are Here project from the MIT Media Lab, an exploration of independent coffee shops in San Francisco: Independent coffee shops…

Regional macrobrews

FloatingSheep pointed their Twitter geography towards beer (and wine). From Sam Adams in New England to Yuengling in Pennsylvania to Grain Belt and Schlitz in…

Open access to 20,000 maps from NYPL

The New York Public Library announced open access to 20,000 maps, making them free to download and use. The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map…

Planetary layer cake

From Cakecrumbs, a product that helps you learn while you eat: planetary layer cakes. The graduate student slash baker hobbyist's sister asked if she could…

Centuries of European border changes

The Centennia Historical Atlas is a program that shows you border changes in Europe and the Middle East, from the 11th century to the present.…

Smoking rates and income

Based on a study on smoking prevalence from 1996 to 2012, a map by The New York Times shows the results. Smoking rates among men…

Reconstructing Google Streetview as a point cloud

Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, an MFA Design & Technology student, scraped depth from Google Streetview and then reconstructed it in openFrameworks. The result is Point Cloud…

Level of road grid

Seth Kadish looked at the road network of several major counties and estimated the directions the streets run. The result is a set of charts…

Basketball movements visualized

The NBA has been kind of gaga over data the past few years, and they recently announced that all 30 teams would have player tracking…

Solar time versus standard time around the world

After noting the later dinner time in Spain, Stefano Maggiolo noted relatively late sunsets for one of the possible reasons, compared to standard time. Then…

Near-real-time global forest watch

Global Forest Watch uses satellite imagery and other technologies to estimate forest usage, change, and tree cover (among other things). These estimates and their eventual…

Using slime mold to find the best motorway routes

This is all sorts of neat. Researchers Andrew Adamatzky and Ramon Alonso-Sanz are using a slime mold, P polycephalum, to find the most efficient…

Why we think of north pointing up

Nick Danforth for Al Jazeera delves into the history books for why north is typically on the top of our maps. There's no single reason…

Map: US bus and Amtrak routes

In case you're wondering how to travel the country without a car (in a way other than running), this map from the American Intercity Bus…

Places in the US with the most pleasant days per year

We've seen plenty of maps the past few weeks that show how bad the weather is, in just about everywhere but California. Kelly Norton looked…