How do you show a country just exactly where little known NCAA phenom, Florida Gulf Coast University (aka. Eagles) is found? Well, naturally you have to slap a map on a T-shirt! That’s exactly what the Eagles have done and you know that these units are selling like hot cakes! Nice stuff Eagles, although you killed my bracket!! See also http://www.fgcu.edu/
Super Bowl week is here so that means more cool data visualizations.. best BBQ, tail gate hot spots, and those awesome NFL fan maps! Here’s details of a cool fan map – I’m not sure I can agree that its the best fan map “ever”, however, given that its been created by mashing up data scraped from facebook it is pretty cool! So how was this one done? Well, they used data… LOTS of it! Details… Facebook’s Data Science team has combed the more than 35 million users who have “liked” a team’s fan page, and put it into graphic form, down to the county level.
Some interesting spatial patterns emerge once you look at the data.. for example, Patriots fans tend to spread out far and wide, as do fans of the Cowboys and Steelers. Overall the data indicates that geography plays a huge role in defining the fan. Thanks to Deadsping for the map, and to my FB friend Brad Shannon from NOCO for tipping me off!
As a child growing up in Canada, there’s no question that skating outdoors in backyard ice rinks and playing pond hockey were a huge source of fun and ate up most of my evenings and week-ends.. In 2012 a group of scientists from Wilfrid Laurier University in Montreal warned that the number of annual outdoor skating days is shrinking due to climate change… this was the inspiration for launching RinkWatch – Think of RinkWatch as your rink diary!
Keep reading more about RinkWatch RinkWatch, where backyard skating and pond hockey meets environmental science
An interesting developer event / opportunity from the Big Easy as developers are invited to participate in the Codemkrs SUPER Challenge. Codemkrs SUPER Challenge will turn ideas into apps in a two-day event on Camp Street, January 11-13. Developers are encouraged to register their participation online at: http://codemkrs.com/register/. The hack-a-thon kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, at Peter Mayer headquarters at 318 Camp Street in the Central Business District of New Orleans.See more details in this announcement
I’m loving this one from the Timmons Group as the company has announced details of a mobile app (iOS and Android) that they’ve developed for the Missouri Dept of Conservation. This is exactly the kind of opportunity that any developer can embrace and look at for a business opportunity! I’d have to think that just about every State and Province has massive amounts of data, imagery, and related information available to enable anyone to create a cool mobile hunting, fishing, birding, camping or similar mobile app. Sure you can hang out on business opportunity pages and wait for an RFP to show up soliciting requests from consultants to build an app for them or you can start digging up data and records for yourself and go and build one!
About the app… Using the Find MO Fish application, a user can view a map of Missouri populated with the locations of the major lakes, rivers and streams. Users can also use the application and generate fast and accurate driving directions to boat ramps across the State of Missouri. See more details HERE
With increased demand for more civic engagement and more mobile from Government this is the perfect opportunity! Think about it…
Ok, I know this is off topic but yes indeed, I am a Peyton Manning fan as well as a Broncos fan so you can’t blame me for sharing this interesting data visualization (info graphic) and interesting nugget. SeatCrunch, an online secondary ticket marketplace, has released an infographic that outlines the average ticket prices for NFL home opening games as displayed on their site. Catching the Broncos home opener and first glance of Peyton Manning in Blue and Orange will cost you some big $$… for the budget conscious you may want to head to Detroit! The following is the list in order of opening day avg ticket price:
- Denver Broncos – $701.38
- NY Giants – $526.92
- Chicago Bears – $525.73
- Green Bay Packers – $500.87
- New England Patriots – $430.22
- Pittsburgh Steelers – $350.51
- New Orleans Saints – $327.00
- Seattle Seahawks – $326.25
- Philadelphia Eagles – $285.12
- Baltimore Ravens – $271.67
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/
Having lived most of my life in port cities and also, after experiencing first-hand an awesome party in New Zealand years ago when the yachts from the Whitbread Around the World race came into Auckland New Zealand I’ve been a small fan of racing. But now that I’m a tech geek I’m really interested in the technology used to deliver live updates, information, news feeds and the like via such events. This week the Volvo Ocean Race is under way and live updates are being streamed to the Internet. Each of the six VOR 70 boats has traveled some 39,000 nautical miles, at speeds of up to 30 knots in winds exceeding 50 mph. Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband 500 (FB500), FB150 and Inmarsat C services have performed with 100% reliability in the most extreme conditions.
The latest Esri Story map mashes up photos that are captured while following the 8,000 torch-bearers that are carrying the Olympic flame through 1,000 cities and villages in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Using the map, users can quickly jump to a specific date on the calendar or any small town they desire. The relay route is shown on the map along with icons that link to a photo gallery from the selected place. Follow the Olympic torch’s journey around the United Kingdom – A story map presented by Esri is found at http://shar.es/qwa4s