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Interactive Islands of Mankind

Geography graduate student Derek Watkins has some fun with population densities in an interactive version of William Bunge's The Continents and Islands of Mankind. The…

A century of ocean shipping animated

Using hand-recorded shipping data from the Climatological Database for the World's Oceans, history graduate student Ben Schmidt mapped a century of ocean shipping, between…

Metal bands per capita

By Reddit user depo_, this map showing metal bands per capita around the world is making the rounds. Clear dominance in Sweden and Finland.…

Explore Geographic Coverage in Mapping Wikipedia

TraceMedia, in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute, maps language use across Wikipedia in an interactive, fittingly named Mapping Wikipedia. Simply select a language, a…

8-bit Google Maps, Start Your Quest

If you go to Google Maps right now, there's an option in the top right corner for a Quest view. Click on that, and get…

How Much More Women Pay for Health Insurance

So the Obama campaign posted this yesterday. Discuss.…

Rising Water Levels in the Immediate Future

Stamen Design, in collaboration with Climate Central, shows major areas that could be affected by probable rising water levels in the not so far off…

Live Wind Map Shows Flow Patterns

I get kind of giddy whenever I see a tweet from Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas. They rarely tweet, but when they do it's usually…

Perpetual Ocean

Using a computational model called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (ECCO2), the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization…

What News Sites People are Reading, by State

Jon Bruner of Forbes, in collaboration with Hilary Mason and Anna Smith of Bitly, maps the most popular news source by state. Bitly's dataset, wrangled…

Custom Woodcut Maps

Just choose the location you want via the Google Maps interface, pick what materials you want, and Woodcut Maps puts your map through the laser…

Watercolor Map Tiles

A couple of years ago, when you thought about online interactive maps, what came to your mind? Lots of yellow. Online maps are looking a…

Visualizing the History of Everything

Big History is a field of study that crosses multiple disciplines such as biology, natural history, and economics to form a single timeline that starts…

Comparing heritage in the Melting Pot

At first I thought this map, by David Yanofsky for Bloomberg, was your standard county-level choropleth map of demographics. Select a self-described heritage from the…

Geography of the basketball court

Kirk Goldsberry, an assistant professor of geography at Michigan State, applies his skills to the basketball court. In the quest to better understand the "average"…

Geography of government benefits

I missed this one a while back, but The New York Times had a look at the growth of government benefit programs, such as Medicare,…

Growing urban populations

In this simple interactive animation by Periscopic, in partnership with UNICEF, we see the changes in urban population from 1950 up to present, through projections…

Mobile phone digital traces

In collaboration with Lift and Near Future Laboratory, Interactive Things explores digital traces left by mobile phones in Ville Vivante. Lines and paths flow…

Wind motion patterns animated

Nicolas Garcia Belmonte, author of the JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit, mapped 72 hours of weather data from 1,200 stations across the country. Gathering the data from…

Really old maps online

Maps have been around for a long time, but you might not know it looking online. It can be hard to find them. Old Maps…

Giant globe display

Hawt. [Tokyotek via @datapointed]…

Map your Twitter friends

You'd think that this would've been done by now, but this simple mashup does exactly what the title says. Just connect your Twitter account and…
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