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Playgrounds for everyone

NPR digs into accessible playgrounds, because everyone should get to play. Remember running around the playground when you were a kid? Maybe hanging from the monkey bars or seeing who…

Where non-English language is spoken in the US

Dan Keating and Darla Cameron for the Washington Post mapped commonly used languages in the US household. More than a quarter of counties in the United States have at least…

Map shows illegal activity in San Francisco Chinatown, from 1885

From the David Rumsey map collection, the detailed map of San Francisco Chinatown shows areas of known illicit activity. In 1885, at the height of the anti-Chinese hysteria in California,…

Racial dot map

Dustin Cable, a demographer at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, added another dimension to Brandon Martin-Anderson population map. The racial dot map by Cable draws…

Pangea with political boundaries

What would Pangea look like if today's political boundaries were drawn on it? Like this. [via]…

BreweryMap plans your next beer road trip

BreweryMap, a Google Maps mashup and mobile app, provides two main functions. The first is that it tells you where the nearest brewery is so that you'll never go thirsty…

Breathing Earth

John Nelson of IDV Solutions strung together satellite imagery for dramatic animated GIFs. Having spent much of my life living near the center of that mitten-shaped peninsula in North America,…

Lessons learned from mapping millions of dots

Eric Fischer, known around these parts for his dot maps, describes the lessons he learned (along with practical tips) from mapping millions of tweets to be visible on many devices.…

Soccer assists mapped

Using Opta data for assists in the Premier League, Kickdex made this straightforward chart to look at where assists typically come from on the field. It is clear that to…

Make your own US rivers and roads maps

Inspired by Nelson Minar's map of US rivers, Mike Bostock demonstrates how to generate your own TopoJSON from the same river data. As indicated by the name, the file format…

Transit times in NYC

As more New Yorkers move farther away from Manhattan, transit times grow in importance. WNYC made a nice interactive map that shows how far one has to travel based on…

An eerie view of the linked city

Watch_Dogs is a video game that imagines Chicago as a city where everyone and everything is linked through a central network. You play as a hacker who has access to…

Map shows how to say “beer” in Europe

Feòrag NicBhrìde provides a handy map on how to say beer in European countries. This is important. [via Boing Boing]…

Yelp maps words used in reviews

We typically think of Yelp reviews as aggregates on a restaurant or business-specific level. Search for restaurants on Yelp, and you have an overall rating for each result. But zoom…

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 expect, the geography of the…

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 help you with that, replacing…

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 mapped the data in Contrailz.…

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 — every geotagged tweet since September…

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 I've seen it at this…

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 paper coming up when you…

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 to focus more on actual…

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 Report shows all these changes.…