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How K-12 schools in your area measure up

In collaboration with NBC News and The Gates Foundation, Ben Fry-headed Fathom Design shows you how K-12 schools measure up in your area. If you're a parent or soon-to-be parent…

Where refugees come from

Thousands of people flee their country every year, and the travel patterns are by no means easy to understand. Christian Behrens, in a revamp of a class project, visualizes these…

Map series of oil spill in Gulf

Everyone's fascinated with animated graphics, which is cool, but sometimes a series of a whole bunch of maps is just as good. Archie Tse of The New York Times shows…

Fictional map of online communities

xkcd + numbers on online communities. Need I say more? Along the same lines as the Web 2.0 Points of Control, xkcd maps online communities with fictitious regions sized by…

Typographic maps

Cartography group Axis Maps continues their run of mapping goodness with the announcement of their typographic maps: Created as a labor of love, these unique maps accurately depict the streets…

Europe geographically stereotyped

We tend to see the world in different ways, depending on what part of the world we live in. If you've never been to California, you probably associate it with…

History of the Blitz bombings

In September 1940, Nazi Germany began bombing London for 76 consecutive nights in what is now known as The Blitz. There was tons of destruction obviously, but you'd never know…

Race and ethnicity mapped by block

Instead of breaking up demographics by defined boundaries, Bill Rankin uses dots to show the more subtle changes across neighborhoods in a map of Chicago using block-specific data US Census.…

The state of mapping APIs

O'Reilly Radar surveys the state of mapping APIs from old sources (like Google) and new ones (like CloudMade). Spoiler alert: there's a lot of opportunity out there. Maps took over…

Evolving path of the Mississippi River

We often think of rivers as following a given path for the course of its life, but really, the path changes over time as the flow cuts into the earth.…

Where your neighbors commute to and from

Some people live in areas where a one-hour commute both ways is common, while others practically live across the street from their workplaces. Engineer slash designer Harry Kao has an…

Battle for Web supremacy

Blend Interactive maps points of control for the Web 2.0 Summit in the style of the Risk board game. Areas of the Web are shown as continents, and countries are…

Social life of Foursquare users mapped

Foursquare, the location-based social network, lets people share their location with others in the form of checkins. Map all of those checkins, and you get a sense of social hotspots…

Mapping the moves of New York residents

A couple of months back, WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show asked listeners who have moved to or away from New York some questions. They asked current zipcode, previous zipcode, year…

Asteroid discoveries over past 30 years visualized

This animation by Scott Manley of the Armagh Observatory shows a beautiful view of the past 30 years of asteroid discoveries, using data culled by Ted Bowell and company. As…

Map of who owns the Arctic

Do you know who owns the Arctic? As it turns out, it's a pretty messy subject: In August 2007 Russian scientists sent a submarine to the Arctic Ocean seabed at…

If major environmental disasters happened in your neighborhood…

When major environmental disasters occur, thousands of people are often affected, but it's hard to put it all in perspective when it's not actually happening to you. When the BP…

Design advanced online and interactive maps with Polymaps

In a collaboration between SimpleGeo, who makes location data easier to access, and Stamen, who does all kinds of wonderful with maps, announced Polymaps today. It's a free and open-source…

Bus movements in San Francisco animated

Eric Fischer has been having a good bit of fun with maps lately. In his latest, he animates movements of the San Francisco MUNI (that's their bus system) over the…

Stamen makes experimental prettymaps

Add another toy to Stamen's bag of tricks. The recently launched prettymaps by Aaron Straup Cope uses shapefiles from Flickr, urban areas from Natural Earth, and road, highway, and path…

Animated map of earthquakes in Iceland

I'm late on this, but remember that volcano eruption in Iceland a few months back, and all the European airports had to shut down because of the giant ash cloud?…

Weeplaces visualizes your FourSquare movements

I'm still not comfortable sharing my location with strangers, and my friends are all really low-tech, so FourSquare has never appealed to me. But if you are an avid FourSquare…