• 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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  • Beauty of Maps available in its entirety

    April 6, 2011  |  Mapping

    Beauty of Maps

    Almost a year ago, the BBC aired the Beauty of Maps, but we Americans couldn't watch it online. Well, now you can. The full documentary is available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. The hour and a half film is broken up into 12 parts. They've actually been online since August of last year, but for some reason I'm just now hearing about it. Enjoy part one below.
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  • Tell-all telephone reveals politician’s life

    March 30, 2011  |  Data Sources, Mapping

    Tell-all telephone

    Not many people understand the importance of data privacy. They don't get out how little bits of information sent from your phone every now and then can show a lot about your day-to-day life.

    As the German government tries to come to a consensus about its data retention rules, Green party politician Malte Spitz retrieved six months of phone data from Deutsche Telekom (by suing them), to show what you can get from a little bit of private mobile data. He handed the data to Zeit Online, and they in turn mapped and animated practically every one of Spitz' moves over half a year and combined it with publicly available information from sources such as his appointment website, blog, and Twitter feed for more context.
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  • Complexity of time zones explained

    March 30, 2011  |  Mapping

    Brief history of time zones

    Do you understand how time zones work around the world and when exactly you need to move your watch forward or back? Me neither. BBC News provides a brief history of time zones via interactive globe.
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  • Make your own safety map in case of emergency

    March 29, 2011  |  Mapping

    Saftey map

    It's a good idea to have a meeting place in case of an emergency and you get split up from your loved ones. Safety Maps, a straightforward application, helps you tell others the safety location. Simply mark your spot, and then share. You can make it public or only let the people you select see the map. Additionally, you get a PDF version via email for printing.
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  • Every river system mapped in World of Rivers

    March 28, 2011  |  Mapping

    World of Rivers from NG

    The annual Malofiej awards, for top graphics in journalism, were handed out last week. The best map of 2010 went to National Geographic for the World of Rivers. Every river system in the world was mapped and scaled by annual discharge.

    We live on a planet covered by water, but more than 97 percent is salty, and nearly 2 percent is locked up in snow and ice. That leaves less than one percent to grow our crops, cool our power plants, and supply drinking and bathing water for households.

    Showing everything doesn't always work with so much data, but it does in this case. It reminds me of Ben Fry's All Streets. See the full-sized interactive version on National Geographic.
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  • Animation: The pain that is Los Angeles traffic

    March 23, 2011  |  Mapping

    LA Traffic

    Los Angeles has a lot of things to do. The trouble is, compared to a city like San Francisco, everything is spaced out and you have to drive almost everywhere you go. There's also a ton of people and therefore, lots of cars on the freeway. Waze, in collaboration with Gray Area Foundation and Nik Hanselmann, visualize 24 hours of traffic in Los Angeles, a subject that holds a bitter spot in my heart.
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  • Firefox 4 downloads in real-time

    March 22, 2011  |  Mapping

    Firefox downloads

    Firefox 4 came out of beta today and is now available for download. As of writing this, there have been about 2.2 million downloads worldwide, and you can watch the action in real-time. Little bits of fairy dusts shimmering worldwide with a counter up top and an hourly time series chart on the bottom.

    The new browser boasts faster browsing, a new way of organizing your tabs, and plenty of other updates. Will it be enough to bring former Firefox users who switched to Chrome? I just closed Chrome, and am writing this in Firefox. We'll see how this goes.

    [Mozilla | Thanks, @juaniux]

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