By searching public posts, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency fulfills its duty to provide decision-makers with past, present and future insights into locations during a global emergency. The NGA isn’t the only agency augmenting their data analysis efforts, analysis and mapping with the inclusion of public social media feeds. There are many ways that real-time public data via the crowd, secured from social media, can augment data analysis, mapping and decision making.
Discover Your Community’s #OktoberfestScore with Interactive App — Here’s some OctoberFest fun from Esri – post your Zip code and find out if your city ranks as an OctoberFest Town! Enter your city or ZIP code to explore spending on beer in your region and then see how your neighborhood stacks up to other areas in the U.S. or check out the highest scoring locations. So far it looks like towns in New York have the edge…
From Esri… Are you ready for brats and beer? Fall means Oktoberfest celebrations around the globe, and Esri has created the interactive What is Your Oktoberfest Score? app that ranks your community against others in the US. Using demographic, consumer spending, and market potential data from Esri, this app lets you explore beer consumption in your area and discover other communities with similar tastes. [Read more…]
Ever wanted to add/include details of your business into Apple Maps? Well, now business owners in Canada, German, and France have access to Apple Business Listings via Maps Connect. To use the service a user must have an Apple Account and login. Once logged in, simply follow the instructions and add details like address, category(ies), hours of operation, and contact information (including facebook, Yelp, and Twitter). Once finished the process requires validation by providing a PIN that is sent to your contact number.
Get started at https://mapsconnect.apple.com/
See also this article – Get your business found via these 10 local search apps
An impressive effort here, Map of the growth of Colleges in America. In order to create the product, I’m told by creator, Mike Summons, that he manually searched for each college’s founding date and latitude/longitude, finishing with a list of 2,068 schools!
About the Project… eCollegeFinder is back with new map, this time it’s in motion! From the creators… Late in 2014, we stumbled across Flowing Data’s map showing “The Growth of Walmart”, which Excel Hero recreated using a simple Excel workbook. We found the map to be mesmerizing and immensely informative, telling the story of Walmart in such a simple fashion. So much so, that we decided to recreate a similar map of our own, this time looking at “The Growth of Colleges in America”.
Cartographers take pride in their work, typically applying all the rules and principles of good cartographic design to their work, all in an effort to make people want to look at and appreciate their work (See Esri, Make Maps People Want to Look at). However, in this new era of social sharing it seems that the map has been replaced by the Infographic and the data visualization, a mashup of data, graphics, and maps presented in an effort to tell a story. Now us geographers are well aware of story telling via map, however, to this new breed of data visualists the focus has sadly been on quantity rather than quality. Bloggers, publishers, newspapers, etc… run to the web, download data and mashup the results in creative and not so creative ways, the end result is often a map but sadly, the product is also something your GEOG 101 Prof would likely slap you if you called it a map!
Yep, gone are the days of cartographic principles, map design standards, scale, composition, and elements of good map design.
From HERE… HERE offers fast, accurate maps that are always ready to use, with or without an internet connection. Search for places, find routes and get turn-by-turn voice guidance wherever you are. Underground, on holiday, or even in the middle of nowhere: HERE just works, always.
- Offline navigation: Interactive maps and turn-by-turn voice guidance are still available even without an internet connection.
- Maps to download and to use offline for nearly 100 countries.
- Public transport maps and directions for over 800 cities in over 40 countries, also when you’re offline.
- Live traffic info for more than 40 countries.
- Plan your journey on beta.here.com, then find your way there using your mobile.
- Personalise your map by creating Collections of your favourite places.
- Share your location with family and friends in real time as you go via Glympse. It’s private, secure and safe.
I just love big data analytics… case in point, Estately recently ran a bunch of Google search queries through Google analytics in order to come up with an interesting map that reveals just which search trends are hot for each State – not surprisingly, they found some interesting results!
The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. No doubt this information will come in handy for anyone trying to decide which state they want to buy a home in, especially for those curious how their potential neighbors spend their time online.
Some fun results include: Idaho searching for bigfoot, Arizona infatuated with UFOs, Maine seems to enjoy cat pics, and Alabama on the hunt it seems for God!
I’m not calling this a “best” list as that’s pretty tough to call, however, it is a fine list of sweet maps and data visualizations that we enjoyed and shared with the community during the first half of 2013 – enjoy these visualizations mapping music, sports, Cardinals, and even hate! Do you have a favorite Map or DataViz from 2013? Please ping me @gletham
Moore, Oklahoma, before and after the tornado, seen by Astrium Satellite
Satellites, operated and built by Astrium, number three company in the world for space technologies, have captured this image of Moore, Oklahoma, which clearly shows the devastation caused by the massive tornado that swept through the region on May 20, 2013.
NFL Fan Map (FandomMap) Data Visualization created from Facebook data
Super Bowl week is here so that means more cool data visualizations.. best BBQ, tail gate hot spots, and those awesome NFL fan maps!
TweetPing Maps The World’s Twitter Activity in Real Time
I simply had to share details of this awesome real-time map of the world’s Twitter activity so you could enjoy the awesomeness of it – Enter TweetPing.
Are you into historical maps? If so check out this sampling of the collection available for sale in the Amerisurv.com Map Store… enjoy!
I’m constantly blown away by the amazing Geo Tech talent that we have coming out of Canada… today we have details of another cool webmap service coming from North of 49 – enter MapSherpa (from DM Solutions Group, Ottawa). MapSherpa is a user friendly we-service enabling users (likely the outdoor enthusiast looking for a map for a hike, bicycle trip, camping trip etc…) to easily and quickly create a map for printing. The user simply selects a location from the search dialog, then sets the desired zoom level, optionally adds text, linear features, points or polygons, then saves to a user account and print as a PDF. Several map types can be created using the Terrain, Topo, or Streets option for display. Maps can be saved for printing later or purchased immediately as a downloadable PDF for a nominal cost of $2.99 – Test it for yourself at http://www.mapsherpa.com or see the official announcement here.