• Misery index

    Misery index based on perceived temperature

    July 22 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Late last year, Cameron Beccario made a wind map for earth, inspired by an earlier work by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg. Beccario has been slowly adding overlays to the…

  • Avoiding Ukraine

    Flights around Ukraine

    July 18 2014  |  Uncategorized

    The New York Times is covering Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with a series of maps. The ones above show a sample of recent flights in the area. Some airlines, such…

  • Mars

    Geologic map of Mars

    July 18 2014  |  Uncategorized

    The USGS released a more detailed geologic map of Mars, not just renderings based on rough models.…

  • Smarty Pins

    Test your geographic knowledge in Google map game

    July 7 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Smarty Pins is a simple, fun map game by Google. You get a trivia clue about some location, and the goal is to drop the pin as close as you…

  • Lightning map

    Real-time lightning map

    June 26 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Blitzortung is a community of volunteers who install inexpensive lightning sensors and transmit their data to a central server. In return, those who run the sensors have access to the…

  • DataShine

    Detailed UK census data browser

    June 26 2014  |  Uncategorized

    DataShine Census provides a detailed view into United Kingdom 2011 census data. Population, housing, income, commute, and other variables are available. The DataShine mapping platform is an output from an…

  • NYC taxi data artifacts

    New York City taxi trips mapped

    June 23 2014  |  Uncategorized

    While we're on the topic of NYC taxi data, Eric Fischer for Mapbox mapped all 187 million trips. Each observation contains the start and end location of a trip, so…

  • Shifting population

    Watch the U.S. population center shift west

    June 19 2014  |  Uncategorized

    According to the U.S. census, the mean center of the population shifted west every decade since 1790. They show the change in a simple animation. The mean center of population,…

  • Opengeofiction

    OpenGeofiction, the creation of an imaginary and realistic world

    June 16 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Sharing the same collaborative principles as OpenStreetMap, a wiki-based map for the real world, OpenGeofiction is an experiment in mapping an imaginary world. Opengeofiction is a collaborative platform for the…

  • Extreme Mercator

    Mercator projection with pole shifted to where you live

    June 9 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Drew Roos made a thing that lets you move the poles of the Mercator projection to anywhere in the world. As you probably know, map projections all have their pros…

  • Finding the perfect home

    Using open data to find the perfect home

    June 4 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Justin Palmer and his family have lived in a dense urban area of Portland, Oregon for the past seven years, but now they're in the market for somewhere more spacious.…

  • Evolution and history of London

    June 3 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Using data from the National Heritage List for England, the London Evolution Animation shows the historical development of London. Mainly, it depicts roads and protected buildings, starting with the first…

  • Gotham City map

    June 2 2014  |  Uncategorized

    In 1998, artist Eliot R. Brown created a map of Gotham City for the Batman No Man's Land series. Brown describes the process of making the map, meant to look…

  • Drought map

    Drought map shows extreme shortages

    May 19 2014  |  Uncategorized

    From the U.S. National Drought Monitor. The entire state of California is in some level of drought, much of it extreme to exceptional. Snowpack is 50 percent of normal in…

  • NBA fan map from NYT

    NBA basketball fans by ZIP code

    May 13 2014  |  Uncategorized

    After the popularity of The Upshot's baseball fandom map, it's no surprise the same group followed up with an NBA map of the same ilk. Same Facebook like data but…

  • Name by state

    Name popularity by state, animated by year

    May 9 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Using baby name data from the Social Security Administration, Brian Rowe made this straightforward interactive that lets you search a name to see how its regional popularity changed over over…

  • Isoscope

    Your mobility at various times during the day

    May 2 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Isoscope, a class project by Flavio Gortana, Sebastian Kaim and Martin von Lupin, is an interactive that lets you explore mobility around the world. We drive to the closest supermarket,…

  • Baseball fandom in SoCal

    Detailed map of baseball fandom

    April 24 2014  |  Uncategorized

    For the past couple of sports seasons, Facebook mapped the most liked team by county. They did it for football (NFL), the NCAA basketball tournament, and baseball (MLB). Although generalized,…

  • Strava activity maps

    Where people bike and run, worldwide

    April 24 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Remember those running maps I made with limited data from RunKeeper? Strava, which also provides an app to track your runs and bike rides, has a much more expansive version…

  • Music in America

    Music preference by region

    April 22 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Movoto mapped music preference for various genres, across the United States. We calculated musical taste scores using data from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Bureau of Labor Statistics,…

  • Where nobody lives

    Where nobody lives

    April 18 2014  |  Uncategorized

    We've seen the map of where everyone lives. Now here's the reverse of that by Nik Freeman: where nobody lives in the United States. A Block is the smallest area…

  • Detailed building map

    High-detail maps with Disser

    April 10 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Open data consultancy Conveyal released Disser, a command-line tool to disaggregate geographic data to show more details. For example, we've seen data represented with uniformly distributed dots to represent populations,…

  • Independent coffee shops

    Independent coffee shops and community

    April 9 2014  |  Uncategorized

    As part of the You Are Here project from the MIT Media Lab, an exploration of independent coffee shops in San Francisco: Independent coffee shops are positive markers of a…

  • Beer tweeting

    Regional macrobrews

    April 7 2014  |  Uncategorized

    FloatingSheep pointed their Twitter geography towards beer (and wine). From Sam Adams in New England to Yuengling in Pennsylvania to Grain Belt and Schlitz in the upper Midwest, these beers…

  • Maps from NYPL

    Open access to 20,000 maps from NYPL

    April 3 2014  |  Uncategorized

    The New York Public Library announced open access to 20,000 maps, making them free to download and use. The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to…

  • Planetary layer cake

    Planetary layer cake

    April 2 2014  |  Uncategorized

    From Cakecrumbs, a product that helps you learn while you eat: planetary layer cakes. The graduate student slash baker hobbyist's sister asked if she could make one, and at first…

  • Centuries of European border changes

    March 28 2014  |  Uncategorized

    The Centennia Historical Atlas is a program that shows you border changes in Europe and the Middle East, from the 11th century to the present. It's meant as an educational…

  • Smoking rates

    Smoking rates and income

    March 27 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Based on a study on smoking prevalence from 1996 to 2012, a map by The New York Times shows the results. Smoking rates among men and women have declined overall…

  • Reconstructing Google Streetview as a point cloud

    March 26 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Patricio Gonzalez Vivo, an MFA Design & Technology student, scraped depth from Google Streetview and then reconstructed it in openFrameworks. The result is Point Cloud City. See it in action…

  • Road orientation

    Level of road grid

    March 25 2014  |  Uncategorized

    Seth Kadish looked at the road network of several major counties and estimated the directions the streets run. The result is a set of charts that shows which cities use…