by Winchell Chung
. (I knew him for his game illustrations
before I ever knew about his starmaps.) The site contains lots of information about how to make 2D/3D starmaps from standard star tables
, a nice selection of pre-existing maps
and one of the best listings of 3D starmap software
Who'll be living where. Researchers at the Earth Institute at Columbia University have developed map
that projects where people will be living in the year 2025.
Check out this map
of The Simpson's
hometown of Springfield. We may never know what state the town is located in, and yes, the show has sucked for at least six years now (if not more) but this map was considered to be so good, it was, apparently, added to the Harvard Map collection
. Comic Book Guy would be proud.
If you want to see all the interesting stuff hidden in Google Maps
then you need look no further than a site like Google Sightseeing
, but what about the other way around? If you've ever wished Google Maps was better labeled then Wikimapia
might be what you're looking for.
The U.S. Naval Observatory Library
features high-res scans
from antique books dealing with astronomy
and navigation. Wallpapers
Hans Rosling is on a mission (flash video).
The founder of Gapminder
(previously discussed here
) gives an inspired talk about the third world, while turning statistics into beautiful graphics. Of course, the folks at Google
are already all over this.
"Gutenkarte is a geographic text browser, intended to help readers explore the spatial component of classic works of literature. Gutenkarte downloads public domain texts from Project Gutenberg
, and then feeds them to MetaCarta's GeoParser API
, which extracts and returns all the geographic locations it can find." [note: works in Firefox but not IE, for me.]
now combines Amazon's BlockView images in another ajax map interface (with the maps by Mapquest, interestingly). Amazon has been driving around major cities taking photos of each block and now as you browse the map, street-level images come up alongside. The interface isn't quite intuitive, but it is nice to see the idea
Ships are so cool, except when they collide with bridges and catch on fire
You can also listen to some snappy dialogue from the USS Enterprise
. [Warning: The laws in some countries may not permit you to listen these sound clips]
. This, and other goodies (including hi-res downloads) from the Solent
See country data plotted as 3d bars rising from the surface of Global-i
, an interactive animated globe. For other map visualizations of county data, try Maplecroft Maps
, and Social Explorer's Census Data Maps
has over 300 beautiful physical globes depicting different data sets. A variety of different map-based visualizations are also available at Radical Cartography
. For an interesting mind-map visualization of relationships between countries, check out the WINDS relation browser
, based on data from the CIA Factbook. Interesting non-map-based country data presentations include Gapminder
and the Worldometers
. [via information aesthetics]
MapQuest demystified from The New Yorker.
is yet another Google maps mashup, but one of the minority (at least that I have found) that let you add markers of your own that are persistent and visible to others. Is it at all useful? Who cares, I was a cute kid
and I don't have to risk PMITA prison like a common street tagger - I can be leet and from da streetz while remaining a pasty-faced geek.
lets you find restaurants that are centrally located to two or three locations. Just enter at least two addresses and click "Submit." Street address, city and state are required. ZIP Code is optional.
traces San Francisco's taxi cabs as they travel throughout the Bay Area. The patterns traced by each cab create a living and always-changing map of city life. This map hints at economic, social, and cultural trends that are otherwise invisible."
Old photos of Shanghai
from Virtual Shanghai is one of the best collections of old Shanghai photos (over 2000) I've found on the web, and it has a nice map collection
too. Tales of Old Shanghai
has a lot of great stuff, especially primary texts. Sinomania
has a pretty eclectic collection of photos. Some of my favorites
are on the rise. Flood Maps
mashes up NASA elevation data and Google Maps, and offers a zoomable localized visualization of the effects.
, because you can never have too many cartograms
A world of sounds.
Despite their difficult URL, The Freesound Project
has grown at a rapid pace over the last year, arguably surpassing archive.org's audio library
when it comes to sound effects, field recordings, site design, and usability. Now Freesound is combining their sound library with geotagging and Google Maps, allowing users to navigate the world by sound too! (previously on mefi)
Windows Live Local
Orgasmically merges street level imagery with satellite to create virtual streetwalks (For Seattle or San Francisco anyway)
Music history rendered on a London Tube Map
They say: "Could we chart the branches and connections of 100 years of music using the London Underground map? Dorian Lynskey explains how a box of coloured crayons and lot of swearing helped." I say: Look also at the comments in the accompanying thread, which features trolling, snarkiness and repetition, beginning with "Why did you do this? What is the point? Wouldn't you have been better off doing something else? Sometimes you media people really worry me." The Guardian are introducing commenter registration on their new blog
. An interactive online map for locating and posting free stuff that's lying around your neighborhood.
Graphs, Maps, Trees. The Valve
is hosting a literary event for professor Franco Moretti's new book, Graphs, Maps, Trees
. Moretti aims to reinvigorate literary studies by constructing abstract models based upon quantitative history, geography, and evolutionary theory. PDFs of the original articles: Graphs
. A review at n+1 is here
Yet another Google Maps hack for the NYC subway system.
This one helps you plan your trip from point A to point B, and gives you an estimated travel time. Most locals will quickly find that the routes it suggests usually aren't the optimum, however this may be useful for visitors, at least until Friday morning
. In the event of a strike, this
is your best bet for some form of direction.
-- Share your personalized Google maps of your favorite watering holes, hiking trails, or roadside attractions, using numerous customization features
. Still in its early stages, you can follow its growing pains on the development blog
or post bug reports in the forums
is a google maps/stargazing mashup that makes stalking your favorite star so much easier. And it doesn't even cost you $5 on Sunset
Play RISK using Google Maps
. From the FAQ: For some reason I decided a bit after the API for Google Maps came out that it would be awesome to be able to play Risk on it... I've always been a gamer and thought this was the perfect step.
Live tracking Thusday: Where are the interstellar probes
? (and the objects in orbit
?) Where is the lightning in Europe
? Where is the fleet
? Where is my flight
? Where is tomorrow now
? Where is your God now
? Where is the magnetic north pole today
? [J-track prev.]
For the last six months or so, it's been a war between Yahoo and Google to see who can outdo each other. They're often releasing competing products at nearly the same time, but Google Maps
has held the lead on coolest map for a while now. Yahoo finally countered today, releasing their beta maps
to show that off as well.
The latest innovation in combining elements of wikipedia
, google maps
, camera phones
, and 2d barcodes
. I imagine this to only be useful for tech savvy tourists, but all the same, it doesn't mean someone shouldn't go about pimping metafilter
The CommonCensus Map Project
is redrawing the map of the United States based on your voting, to show how the country is organized culturally, as opposed to traditional political boundaries. It shows how the country is divided into 'spheres of influence' between different cities at the national, regional, and local levels.
If you've ever wanted to know what portion of the US a specific zip code covers, this Google Maps hack
is for you.
NFT (not for tourists)
has relaunched their web site. Their city guide books are excellent and they offer free city guides in PDF format (editorializing inside).
A Cultural Geography of the United States and Canada.
Many, many great maps from Valparaiso University. The section on religion
, in particular, contains a great deal of interesting data.
The Salisbury Project.
Images, maps and essays about the cathedral and town.
is a Flash app that adds continuous zoom and rotation abilities to Google Maps/MSN VirtualEarth. Created by Paul Neave
The GMap Pedometer
is the coolest Google maps application I've seen. I found my 3-mile round trip daily commute is really only 2.5 miles, damnit.
Find the Landmark
: A Google Maps Game
About 2 billion people live in countries that are in danger of collapse. In the first annual Failed States Index, Foreign Policy
and the Fund for Peace rank the countries about to go over the brink. The Failed States Index Map
and the Failed State Index.
Places and spaces
is an exhibit which aims to compare and contrast the first maps of our entire planet with the first maps of all of science as we know it.
Bird's Eye Views
: Hand drawn panoramic maps of 44 Texas cities circa 19th century in high resolution. Aerial mapping minus airplanes and cameras.
Virtual Earth from MSN
While I'm familiar with Google Maps
it was fun again to play around with Microsoft's response that was just released. In summary, allows you to pan/zoom around the US, and with a click of a button, see aerial/satellite imagery. This stuff is just soooo cool! ;-)
dynamic, paper-based displays.
The Euratlas Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe
details the evolution of the history of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East with a collection of maps from 1 AD to 1000 AD
and 1100 AD to 2000 AD.
You might have a general idea about what the Mediterranean looked like in 1000 AD
, but did you know of the existence of the principality of Tmutarakan
or the medieval Emirate of Mosul?
Also includes a section on classical Rome
and detailed maps of the city of Rome in 100 AD