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New York City taxi trips mapped

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…

Watch the U.S. population center shift west

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, the creation of an imaginary and realistic world

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…

Mercator projection with pole shifted to where you live

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…

Using open data to find the perfect home

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

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

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 shows extreme shortages

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 basketball fans by ZIP code

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 popularity by state, animated by year

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…

Your mobility at various times during the day

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,…

Detailed map of baseball fandom

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,…

Where people bike and run, worldwide

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 preference by region

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

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…

High-detail maps with Disser

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 and community

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…

Regional macrobrews

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…

Open access to 20,000 maps from NYPL

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

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

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 and income

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…