• Netflix favorites by location

    July 15, 2011  |  Mapping

    Netflix local favorites

    If you have Netflix, you know that there's a section for local favorites, and it can change quite a bit depending on where you live. After moving a few times in the past couple of years, I've definitely seen local favorites that seem to reflect the culture or majority demographic in a city. Slacktory used this simple idea and looked up favorites in each state. The map above is the result.

    There are quite a few amusing stereotypes in there, although I'm not sure what's going on with a few of them. Beverly Hills Chi Hua Hua in Mississippi... Kindergarten Cop... A Little Princess?

    What's a Netflix favorite in your area?


  • Geography of Wikipedia edits

    July 14, 2011  |  Mapping

    Wikipedia edits

    A while back we saw the history of the world according to Wikipedia. Erik Zachte, a data analyst
    at the Wikimedia Foundation, takes it from the angle of those who are actually editing Wikipedia. The animated map shows edits from a single day (May 10, 2011, to be exact) when there were nearly 370,000 edits from around the world.
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  • Community connections via SMS and phone call data

    July 13, 2011  |  Mapping

    Regions by SMS

    We often think of communities in the framework of government-set boundaries, but relationships can exist across states and counties. In a collaboration between researchers from AT&T Labs Research, IBM Research, and MIT SENSEable City Laboratory, these relationships are revealed through an analysis of SMS and call data.
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  • Flickr and Twitter mapped together – See Something or Say Something?

    July 12, 2011  |  Mapping

    Twitter and Flickr world map

    For all the maps by Eric Fischer I've posted, it's amazing how little I actually know about him, but in his most recent series, See Something or Say Something, he places geocoded tweets and Flickr photos on the same map. Blue dots represent tweets with location and orange dots are Flickr photos. White dots are locations with both.
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  • In pursuit of the American dream (house)

    June 17, 2011  |  Mapping

    International House Hunters

    Trulia Insights sure has been having fun lately. In their most recent dig into housing trends, the team maps international searches for American homes.
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  • Trulia Crime Map helps you find safe living places

    June 2, 2011  |  Mapping

    Trulia crime maps  - San Francisco

    Real estate site Trulia made a great move when they acquired mapping outfit Movity late last year to help users make informed decisions in home buying. A month ago, they launched a price reductions map to let you see how housing prices were changing. Now you can see what crime is like in that area you're thinking about living in with Crime Map.
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  • How we describe ourselves, according to online dating profiles

    June 2, 2011  |  Mapping

    Louisiana online dating

    The traditional way to gauge who we are as a country, state, or city is to turn to Census data for population, salaries, and family size. Many interesting stories can come from this data and it's indispensable in making country-wide decisions and policies, but it only glosses the surface. Census data doesn't so much tell us who we are than it tells what we are. Media artist Roger Luke DuBois takes a different type of census — from online dating profiles — called A More Perfect Union.
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  • Find everywhere you can go in 15 minutes or less

    June 1, 2011  |  Mapping


    A lot of the time when making plans to meet up with friends or family, you're not so concerned with how far possible locations are than you are how long it takes to get there. Similarly, when deciding where to live relative to your workplace, you care more about how long it takes to get to work in the morning than you do how many miles away it is. Mapnificent lets you do this. Place the pin on the map, and see where you can get in a specified amount of time via public transportation or bicycle.
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  • 11.3m player deaths visualized in point cloud

    May 31, 2011  |  Mapping

    Deaths in Just Cause landscape

    Sometimes visualizing everything can turn out beautiful results. It seems to work especially well when the data is geographic, as we saw with All Streets, OpenStreetMap edits, and tourist maps. It turns out the everything method works for fictional worlds, too. The above and the video below are nothing but 11.3 million deaths by impact with object or terrain in the game Just Cause 2.
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  • A deadly year of tornadoes

    May 23, 2011  |  Mapping

    Deadly tornadoes

    As reported by The New York Times, the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, known to have killed at least 100 people, makes 2011 the deadliest year of tornadoes since 1953 (519 deaths). There have been over 450 tornado-related deaths this year. This NYT interactive shows number of deaths per year with yellow circles and tornado touchdowns and paths with blue lines and dots.
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  • Geography of hate

    May 19, 2011  |  Mapping

    Geography of hate

    Richard Florida for The Atlantic takes a closer look at hate groups in the United States:

    Since 2000, the number of organized hate groups -- from white nationalists, neo-Nazis and racist skinheads to border vigilantes and black separatist organizations -- has climbed by more than 50 percent, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Their rise has been fueled by growing anxiety over jobs, immigration, racial and ethnic diversity, the election of Barack Obama as America's first black president, and the lingering economic crisis. Most of them merely espouse violent theories; some of them are stock-piling weapons and actively planning attacks.

    The map provides a basic state-by-state view of hate groups per capita. Montana and Mississippi have the highest rates. Straightforward stuff. The interesting part, however, is how the rate correlates to other factors, such as support for John McCain. The greater the support for McCain, the more hate groups per capita a state tends to have.
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  • Super detailed map of the skies

    May 19, 2011  |  Mapping

    Sky survey

    The title just about says it all:

    The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity. When we look upon this image, we are in fact peering back in time, as much of the light—having traveled such vast distances—predates civilization itself.

    Play around with the super high-resolution image, get the desktop wallpaper, or get the print.

    [Photopic Sky Survey via Chart Porn]

  • Global search volume by language

    May 10, 2011  |  Mapping

    Search by Language

    To show off their new toy that is WebGL, a 3D graphics API for JavaScript, the Google Data Arts Team maps global search volume by language:

    The Search Globe visualizes searches from one day, and shows the language of the majority of queries in an area in different colors. You’ll see a bright landscape of queries across Europe, and parts of Asia for instance, but unfortunately we see many fewer searches from parts of the world lacking Internet access—and often electricity as well—like Africa. We hope that as the Internet continues to become more accessible over time and people continue to ask questions, we’ll see this globe shine brightly everywhere.

    We've seen this sort of view before, but the interesting thing is that this runs native in the browser (and will probably send your fan whirling). Rotate and zoom in to your heart's content.
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  • Stats of the Union tells health stories in America

    May 9, 2011  |  Mapping

    Uninsured under 65

    Stats of the Union, the new Fathom-produced iPad app, maps the status of health in America. Browse, pan, zoom, and explore through a number of demographics and breakdowns.
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  • One man’s travel patterns – Atlas of the Habitual

    May 9, 2011  |  Mapping, Self-surveillance

    Atlas of the Habitual

    FInding himself in a new town, with a new job, Tim Clark started tracking his location on August 24, 2010, and ended 200 days later on March 13, 2011. Every time he stepped out, he turned on his GPS logger, and then would tag that trip with information about what it was for or what happened. Atlas of the Habitual is the result.
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  • Art, science, and cartography

    April 22, 2011  |  Mapping

    cartography venn

    Similar discussions going on in the cartography branch among UW Madison geography folks. Start with the post by Tim Wallace (where the above Venn came from). Then read the responses of Andy Woodruff and Daniel Huffman.

  • How long it takes for house prices to drop

    April 21, 2011  |  Mapping

    Price reductions map

    Shopping for a house? Sometimes it can be advantageous to wait a while, and the price of the house you've had your eye on might drop. It's all about getting the most for your money, right? The Trulia Price Reductions Map can help with that. It shows the average number of days until house prices tend to drop for the first.
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  • Map your location – that your iPhone secretly records

    April 20, 2011  |  Data Sources, Mapping

    iphone gps trace

    Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have found that the iPhone records cell tower access, and hence your location, in an easy-to-read file that is transferred as you switch devices. And they do this whether you like it or not.

    The more fundamental problem is that Apple are collecting this information at all. Cell-phone providers collect similar data almost inevitably as part of their operations, but it’s kept behind their firewall. It normally requires a court order to gain access to it, whereas this is available to anyone who can get their hands on your phone or computer.

    Allan and Warden provide an open-source application, iPhone Tracker, that maps that data. The good news is that the data doesn't seem go to be anywhere other than your own backups and devices. Privacy concerns aside, this kind of makes me wish I had an iPhone; although I suspect my map would be painfully boring.

    [iPhone Tracker via Marco]

  • Rings of population change by block

    April 12, 2011  |  Mapping

    Population Change in Detroit

    You've seen population changes at the state and county level, but with Census data, you can zoom in all the way to the block level. Stephen Von Worley breaks it down.
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  • The city in real-time

    April 11, 2011  |  Mapping

    Hub of the World

    The MIT SENSEable City Lab presents five different perspectives of the ebb and flow in Singapore at the Singapore Art Museum.
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