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Review: indiemapper makes thematic mapping easy

It's finally here. Indiemapper brings easy and flexible thematic mapping online. I've been looking forward to this app ever since I got a glimpse of what was to come over…

Air traffic rebooted in northern Europe

Air traffic has returned to normal levels in northern Europe, and planes fill up the sky once again. Ito world, who has been doing some great stuff lately, visualizes the…

A guide to geostatistical mapping with open-source tools

Mapping with R and other free and open-source programs feels clunky and hacked-together at times. The plus-side is that it's all for free, and once you find the time to…

Gay marriage timeline

The Los Angeles Times reports on the chronology of gay rights in the United States. States are colored from fewest to most rights for same-sex couples. "Fewest" means the state…

The Ash Cloud and Airport Shutdowns

In case you're following the craziness going on over Europe due to that pesky volcano in Iceland, The New York Times provides a tracker for airport closures. The train stations…

Explorations of real-world traffic

We don't often get to see how cars, trains, airplanes, etc move in physical space, because, well, we're usually in them.

Swing vote effects explored with swingometer

With the 2010 UK elections coming up, the Guardian explores possible outcomes, given a certain amount of swing votes. Three views are provided: a grid map (above), your traditional geographic…

Best place to catch a cab? Try Bloomingdale’s

Matthew Bloch, Ford Fessenden, and Shan Carter continue the New York Times geographic sexiness with their recent interactive, mapping taxi flow across Manhattan over time. The scroll up top lets…

Location check-ins during South by Southwest

Location-aware apps are the hot topic nowadays, and with all the tech-oriented people congregating at South by Southwest, there was a whole lot of checking-in to be done, especially with…

Map and report data with InstantAtlas

As you know, there's this big wave of transparency going on right now, and many organizations want to do more than just post a bunch of spreadsheets. They actually want…

What burger chain reigns supreme?

In a follow up to his McDonald's map, Stephen Von Worley of Weather Sealed maps the dominating burger chains across the United States. McDonald's obviously has a stronghold in a…

Looking Inside a Bus Routing Algorithm

In an effort to put transit data from the Toronto Transit Committee to better use, MyTTC provides a trip planner to help you find the best route from point A…

Where Bars Trump Grocery Stores

FloatingSheep, a fun geography blog, looks at the beer belly of America. One maps shows total number of bars, but the interesting map is the one above. Red dots represent…

Sunlight Labs releases mapping framework, ClearMaps

Open data is great, but it's useless if you don't know what to do with it. Sunlight Labs, a group focused on using technology to support open government, recently released…

OpenStreetMap Edits Towards Haiti Relief

ITO world, who you might remember from a year of OpenStreetMap edits, come back to the map visualization to show the efforts of an impromptu community and Crisis Mappers to…

Data.gov.uk Gearing Up For Launch, er, Does Launch

Update: I had scheduled this post for next week, but apparently, Data.gov.uk launched today. The site isn't loading for me right now though. I guess they weren't prepared for traffic.…

The Very First Thematic Maps

I'm admittedly not very good with historical precedent, but I think we can all agree it's important to know about the work those have done before us. It makes your…

Buy a Print. Support Distaster Relief in Haiti. Please.

Unless you live under a rock inside a cave in the remotest area in the world, you know a huge quake struck Haiti on Tuesday, and much lies in ruins.…

The Geography of Netflix Rentals

Some movies are popular everywhere. Others are popular only in certain regions. The New York Times, in a nice team effort, maps rental popularity by zip code for large regions…

The Universe as We Know It

The Known Universe from the American Museum of Natural History shows a view of the universe, starting from the Himalayas and quickly moving out to the edge where all is…

The Geography of AIDS Around the World

It was World AIDS Day last week and UNAIDS published the latest estimates on the number of people around the world who are living with HIV. Xaquin G.V. provides four…

Can You Guess What These Maps Show?

I'm no doubt still under massive food coma at this time, but in case you've regained consciousness or don't live in the US, check out this collection of maps from…