So far it looks like Germany is doing well, however, there’s plenty of time left as we get to enjoy another 2 weeks (almost) of Olympic sport. Track the medal count as the Dutch rack up speedskating tallies, the US and Canada notch medals in skiing, and the Nordic countries hit the podium in just about everything else! Enjoy this clever map [Read more…] about Tracking the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Medal Count in RealTime on the Story Map
The gang at what3words have shared with us that despite the new venues, and Brazil’s notoriously poor addressing system, the 10,500 athletes,7.5 million ticket holders and 140,000 logistics workers don’t have to get lost across the 32 venues situated around the city. what3word’s unique 3 word addressing system has been integrated into numerous mapping and navigation services, from the award-winning RioGo app (which won the Rio Olympics Transport Challenge) to Navmii, the biggest offline satnav app in the world.
How it works…
what3words is an address system based on a global grid of 57 trillion 3mx3m squares, where each square has a unique pre-assigned 3-word address. This makes it easy to both pinpoint an address and communicate it – in whichever of its nine different languages travelers prefer, including Brazil’s national tongue Portuguese. The solution helps everyone who needs to find or share a location – whether they are navigation apps, emergency services, logistics firms, travel guides or NGOs.
Here’s another clever visualization (although I have to say that the color selection used here is pretty poor), this time from Esri using the fun cartographic display method known as a cartogram – FYI, A Gastner-Newman cartogram preserves the general appearance and adjacency of countries while modifying the shape so that the area is proportional to the variable being mapped). Enjoy this presentation by Kenneth Field, Olympic medals: area cartogram – Gastner-Newman cartogram showing Summer Olympic medal haul by nation… fun stuff!
From the map… You can see the impact of mapping Olympic medal totals on the map with the USA, UK, Sweden, France and Germany having proportionally larger areas compared to nations with lower medal hauls.
Loads of companies and online publications are mapping the Olympic metal count, including most of the large online news outlets and now Esri via their popular story map resource (http://mapstories.esri.com). The latest Esri story map is called Mapping the Metals and provides a simple to use map UI (think ArcGIS Online) to share real time (almost) updates of the geographic distribution of the Olympic medals via data derived from heroku.com. Click on a country’s medal count icon and you’ll be taken to that country’s official page on the 2012 Olympics website for more info on the athletes. The story map also provides users with quick sharing to facebook and Twitter although no apprent embed map option is provided – if it is then it’s hidden pretty well! Check out this latest story map at http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/olympicmedals/
uMapper (umapper.com or @umapper) is an amazing web service enabling users to quickly and easily create awesome, embeddable flash maps for their blog or website. Recently, the creators have built a map that enables users to view Tweets coming from Vancouver BC discussing what else, the 2010 Olympics! What a great service… the app shows a map of the Vancouver, B.C region (powered by Google maps) along with twitter icon images from users that are Geo-Tweeting from Vancouver. Using the map, visitors can click on icons, this reveals the contents of the tweet, along with a link directly to twitter where you can than follow the person. Awesome stuff! Check it out at See http://www.umapper.com/maps/view/id/55334/
An interesting social media sharing effort is in place by the Canada Tourism Commission via the Code Canada project. Explore cool images via a Flash or html UI and share via social media. About the effort… To be part of this extraordinary event, all people need to do is head to code.vancouver2010.com now to access the invite. On February 12 during the Opening Ceremony, an official Olympic souvenir will be delivered digitally to those that have signed up for the experience as well as a coveted digital ticket to a global social media event that will give participants the opportunity to be a virtual participant at the Closing Ceremony. See code.vancouver2010.com
An interesting mobile application from Alarmania… this app for Android mobile OS provides users with an alarm for their mobile that delivers live images from webcams in Whistler BC when set off. an interesting concept. the app is customizable and offered for free to users – see HERE
What better way to see what’s planned for Chicago for the 2016 Olympics than with a map? Check out the Google map that the 2016 team has placed on their website showing the locations and details of the proposed venues – quite clever! Click on the POIs to see photos and descriptions of some of the key sites. See the Proposed Venues Map Here