Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Google Map of this Baseball Nation


The New York Times has mapped where the fans of America's baseball teams live. The newspaper has taken data from Facebook to create a Google Map that allows you to explore baseball fandom in the USA down to county level.

Using the location data of Facebook users, who have declared support for a baseball team in their profiles, the New York Times has produced this Map of the Baseball Nation. The result is a map of the United States which replaces the 50 states with a colorful montage of baseball regions.

Zoom in on the map and you can select counties on the map to view the top three teams (and the percentage of fans for each) supported in the clicked county. You can also search the map by zip-code or address to find out who are the most supported baseball teams in your county.

The Seattle Upcoming Events Map


The Living City Map is an events guide map for Seattle and Portland. The map allows you to view upcoming events in either city by location, date and by category.

You can filter the upcoming events displayed on the map by date and by a number of categories, including music, theater and visual art. A nice feature of the map is that if you select a venue on the map you can view all the upcoming events taking place at that location.

The marker information windows also allow you to click through and view the details about your selected event.

Vikings Live on Google Maps


The British Museum has devised an ingenious Google Map's based campaign to promote the cinematic release of Vikings Live. Today, in 380 UK cinemas and in 50 cinemas around the world, the British Museum are screening a live guided tour of the museum's Vikings exhibition.

Rather than create a simple cinema finder map for the event the British Museum has released a Google Map which also shows the location of all UK towns with Norse place-names. The Norse Placenames Map not only shows the lasting legacy of the Norse invasion on large sections of the UK it also allows you to click on individual town names to learn more about the etymology of the place-name.

For example, the etymology of the town of 'Scunthorpe' is explained as 'Skuma's outlying farm/settlement'. When you search for a town on the map not only can you find out about the etymology of its placename (if it has Norse origins) you are also told the nearest cinema to the town, where you can watch Vikings Live.

Vikings Live is screening in cinemas around the UK today only. The exhibition itself is now on at the British Museum.


If you are interested in the meaning behind place-names you might also like this map of US States. Back in 2010 I used the the Google Maps label library to create this simple US States Etymology map.

The map shows the meaning of each U.S. state name based on the 'U.S. State Name Etymologies' entry on Wikipedia.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time Traveling in Street View


Now that Google Maps are offering you the chance to go back in time and re-visit updated Street View imagery I thought it might be an appropriate moment to remind you of my own Street View time-traveling map.

There and Then superimposes vintage film footage on top of Street View to help transport you back to a different age. Using the map you can view vintage film of 1930's San Francisco, London in the 1920's and New York in the 1900's. The map also includes a number of other vintage videos from locations across the globe, all of which you can view on the same scene today - as captured by Google Maps Street View.

Time Travel with Street View

Over the next few days the new look Google Maps is rolling out a new feature to all users, which will allow you to travel back in time with Street View.

Now when you browse Street View on Google Maps you might spot a clock icon in the upper left-hand corner of the Street View image. When you click on the clock you will be able to browse through and view historical Street View images that Google has since updated.



Using this new feature you will be able to view buildings as they grow or visit locations which have recently been hit by natural disasters (such as L'Aquila in Italy or Onagawa, Japan) and view before and after Street View images from the selected location.

Google has experimented before with allowing users to revisit older and since updated Street View imagery. After the Japanese earthquake and tsunami Google Japan released Memories for the Future, which allows you to compare pre and post earthquake Street View imagery for much of northern Japan.

The Music Genre Heat Map


Movoto has created an interactive map that visualizes the popularity of different music genres throughout the USA.

The All American Music Map displays heat maps showing the popularity of a number of different genres of music by location. The map reveals that the spiritual home of Indie and Punk is on the West Coast. Unsurprisingly Country music seems most at home in Nashville.

Movoto has also broken down the data behind the map to look at the most popular music genres in some of America's largest cities.

Enter the Story Map Competition

Using Esri Story Maps is a simple way to create interesting mapped narratives about any subject. Esri Story Maps provide a number of easy to use templates that allow you to combine map and satellite views with multimedia and other interactive features to create an interactive mapped presentation.

Now Story Map users can also enter the Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest. There are four different categories and Esri will provide first, second, and third place prizes in each category. The categories are:
  • Best Conservation, Environment & Sustainability Story Maps
  • Best Travel & Destinations Story Maps
  • Best Culture, History & Events Story Maps
  • Best Science, Technology & Health Story Maps
The best overall map will win the grand prize of a one year ArcGIS Online subscription (5 users) and a winner's plaque & certificate. The other prizes include one year subscriptions to the Smithsonian Magazine.

My nomination for the best Culture, History & Events Map would have been the Smithsonian's own map of the Decisive Moments in the Battle of Gettysburg. However I'm not sure they will be eligible to enter if they are sponsoring the prizes.

Therefore I think this Esri Story Map of Minard's flow chart of Napoleon's March on Moscow
could have a good chance of winning. The map presents Minard's flow chart on an Esri map and narrates some of the important events during the military campaign.

Unfortunately there seems to be a bug in the map that prevents the map tiles being shown when the map is zoomed out. This means that you have to keep zooming in on the map to view the map tiles. If you want to see a zoomed out mapped visualization of Minards' flow chart you can check out Napoleon's March.

This Leaflet reworking of Minard's flow map is a good attempt at a slippy map visualization of the Napoleonic army's movements and dwindling size. Unfortunately this map lacks Minard's temperature chart that visualized the freezing temperatures faced by Napoleon's army as they pushed eastwards.

If you want to see some more examples of Esri Story Maps then have a look at Google Maps Mania's recent Pick of Esri Story Maps.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Donut Holes in International Waters


Donut Holes in International Waters is an interactive map showing who has sovereignty over seas around the world.

The map also highlights 'doughnut holes', areas in the sea which lie within 200 nautical miles of two different countries but are of equal distance from each country. Doughnut holes are designated as international waters.

To create the map the author, Dmitriy Skougarevskiy, had to design an interactive map that included the state maritime borders defining each country's sovereignty over the world's seas. He also had to create his own bathymetry layer.

A post on the CartoDB Blog explains in some detail how Dmitriy created his beautiful looking maritime map.

Map Your Retirement


I really don't want to live in Florida but according to Map My Retirement that's where I should spend my golden years.

Map My Retirement asks you a series of questions about your lifestyle, pursuits and personal interests and then recommends where you should spend your retirement. For me the recommended location was Florida. Luckily, for those of us who don't like Map My Retirement's initial recommendation, you can also tell Map My Retirement where you want to live and it will then only suggest locations close to your preferred home.

All the recommended locations are displayed on an interactive map. If you click on the location markers on the map you can view details about the location and the estimated monthly cost to live there.

The Isodistance Google Map


The Road Network Isodistance Map is a Google Maps based experiment which shows the extent you can travel by road within a specified distance of a given location. If you enter a distance to travel and right click on the map to set the location the extent you can travel from that point on any road is shaded on the map in green.

The routing comes from OpenStreetMap and only works for Austin. Therefore if you click on the map outside of Austin you won't see any results.

You can also view isochrone maps for a number of locations at Travel Time (for a number of US cities) or Mapnificent ( major cities around the world).