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Mapping all the rivers in the United States

Inspired by Ben Fry's All Streets map, which showed every road in the United States, Nelson Minar mapped every river to similar effect. As you'd…

Atlas of literal place names

We go places. They have names. What do these names mean though? The Atlas of True Names by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust can…

Contrailz: Detailed flight patterns at major airports

Alexey Papulovskiy collected flight data from Plane Finder for a month, which essentially gives you a bunch of points in space over time. Then he…

Mapping Twitter demographics

MapBox, along with Gnip and Eric Fischer, mapped 3 billion tweets and a handful of variables. This is a look at 3 billion tweets —…

A high resolution tour of the vegetation on Earth

NOAA visualized global vegetation over a year, and the result is beautiful: We've seen forestry maps before, some quite detailed, but this is the first…

Animation shows flow of attendees during a conference

When you go to a conference, there are typically several talks going on at the same time, and you can always tell there's a popular…

Easy mapping with Map Stack

It seems like the technical side of map-making, the part that requires code or complicated software installations, fades a little more every day. People get…

State of the OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap, the free wiki world map that offers up high quality geographic data, has grown a lot in the past eight years. The OpenStreetMap Data…

Rise of craft beer

The Brewers Association just released data for 2012 on craft beer production and growth. The New Yorker mapped the data in a straightforward interactive. As…

Map: Vernacular across America

When you talk to different people across the United States, you notice small differences in how people pronounce words and phrases. Sometimes different terms are…

Map of London fire engine callouts

Using data from the London Fire Brigade, James Cheshire mapped 144,000 incidents in London. This map shows the geography of fire engine callouts across London…

Geography of tweets

Twitter mapped all the geotagged tweets since 2009. There's billions of them, so as you might expect, roads, city centers, and pathways emerge. And it…

A quarter century of satellite imagery

In collaboration between USGS, NASA and TIME, Google released a quarter century of satellite imagery to see how the world has changed over time. The…

Coaches are highest paid public employees

Deadspin made a straightforward map that shows the highest paid public employee in each state. Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary…

Map of live Wikipedia changes

On Wikipedia, there are constant edits by people around the world. You can poke your head in on the live recent edits via the IRC…

Geography of hate against gays, races, and the disabled

In a follow-up to their map of racist tweets towards Barack Obama, the folks at Floating Sheep took a more rigorous route to get around…

Cicada insects out to play after 17 years

This is my first time hearing about this, probably because it only happens every 17 years. After 17 years of development in the ground (getting…

Exploration of how much geography is needed in metro maps

Terrence Fradet of Fathom Information Design ponders whether metro maps suffer or benefit by leaving out geography. Geographic accuracy is good, but sometimes it can…

YouTube Trends map shows most popular videos by region

I don't know about you, but when I go to YouTube, I check my subscriptions and then look at what videos are currently popular. Because…

Map shows street quality in Los Angeles

Nevermind the horrible traffic in Los Angeles, where it takes a several hours to get somewhere when it should only take thirty minutes. The road…

Fixing bus routes using mobile data

In parts of the world where there are few smartphones and GPS-enabled devices, transportation architecture has to be designed based on less granular resources, such…

History of San Francisco street names mapped

Where do street names come from? Sometimes there's actual history behind a name, and other times a street just needed a label, so someone pretty…