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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 future. The context for this…

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 because they've released a new…

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 Studio (I think NASA has a…

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 by data scientists Hilary Mason…

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 cutter and assembles and packs…

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 lot different these days though,…

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 at the beginning of time…

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 first drop down and you…

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" NBA shooter I have begun…

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, Medicaid and Social Security, in…

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 for 2050. Circle size represents…

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 from place to place in Geneva,…

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 the National Weather Service was…

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 Online, a project by The…

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 the people you follow popup,…

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 the Netherlands in VPRO's production of…

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 and east and west: How…

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 Juan Saldarriaga, shows the movements of…

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 terms of salient features, yet I…

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 42 million records and ever…

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 Drug War by Melissa Dell,…