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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…

Patterns of daily life in Netherlands from Above

In a similar fashion to their work in Britain from Above, CGI and animation group 422 South map the daily patterns of those in…

Abstract maps of the United States

Esquire invited a handful of map-makers to represent the United States outside its borders. Red state, blue state, big state, small state, north and south…

Taxi migration in Manhattan

While we're on the topic of things moving on a map of changing camera angles, class project Taxi, by Tom McKeogh, Eliza Montgomery and…

Animation shows national migration patterns

Even Westvang uses tax return data to visualize migration patterns of 300,000 Norwegians. When running at full speed the visualization is clearly lacking in…

Bird migration patterns mapped

Birds move. eBird shows us how. Understanding patterns of bird occurrence at continental scales has long been one of eBird's fundamental challenges. Only now, with…

Mapping the drug wars in Mexico

Diego Valle-Jones maps homicides and trafficking routes in Mexico. To unclutter the map and following the lead of the paper Trafficking Networks and the Mexican…

Geographic connectedness via Twitter locations

Eric Fischer has mastered the art of making use of geotagged things from social sites like Twitter and Flickr. In his most recent set, Fischer…

High resolution biomass map, at management scale

In 2010, NASA released a map that shows world forest heights. Robert Simmon, using data from The Woods Hole Research Center, has produced an even…

Find out what percent you are in

Accompanying an article on the variations of the wealthiest one percent, The New York Times provides this interactive map to see what percent you're in.…

World subway paths at scale

Urban planner Neil Freeman maps the world's subway systems to scale in a minimal style resembling the scribbles or renderings of weird sea creatures by…

Designing Google Maps

Google Maps is one of Google's best applications, but the time, energy, and thought put into designing it often goes unnoticed because of how easy…

Map of Reddit

Reddit user Laurel Quade mapifies the wonderful world of Reddit. Each country represents an area of interest, and "cities" are sized by inhabitants. I'm not…

Where people are looking for homes

In August 2006, real estate search site Trulia had 609,000 visitors. Five years later, there were 27 million. Trulia's most recent visualization shows this growth…

Hand-crafted wall map of the United States

Seth Stevenson, for Slate Magazine, covers cartographer David Imus' hand-crafted wall map, which Stevenson calls the greatest paper map of the United States you'll ever…

Mapped: Transportation check-ins on foursquare

Transportation check-ins on foursquare. This is from this past Thanksgiving, but relevant again with Christmas around the corner. White represents check-ins on highways and roads…