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How Writers Map Their Imaginary Worlds - Atlas Obscura
A new book, The Writer’s Map, contains dozens of the magical maps writers have drawn or that have been made by others to illustrate the places they’ve created.
books  writing  maps  Geography 
november 2018 by pierredv
Automation will have a bigger impact on jobs in smaller cities | New Scientist, May 2017
"The robot takeover will start in the smaller cities. Towns and small cities have a smaller proportion of jobs that will be resilient to automation than larger urban centres, according to a new study. . . . Roughly speaking, cities with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants are more at risk."
automation  urbanism  employment  maps 
october 2017 by pierredv
OpenCelliD by Unwired Labs
"I am pleased to announce that Unwired Labs will be taking up OpenCellID maintainership responsibilities from EnaiKoon. "
"We plan to transform OpenCellID into an open-source database hub for Cell, WiFi, LPWAN and more."
location  API  OpenCelliD  OCD  database  geography  maps 
april 2017 by pierredv
LandScan Home
"Using an innovative approach with Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing, ORNL's LandScan™ is the community standard for global population distribution. At approximately 1 km resolution (30" X 30"), LandScan is the finest resolution global population distribution data available and represents an ambient population (average over 24 hours)."
maps  GIS  geography  database 
november 2016 by pierredv
Modernizing the FCC's Geospatial Maps | Federal Communications Commission
"Since the launch of the original FCC maps site, a total of 53 maps have been published – including 15 this year – on topics ranging from nationwide LTE coverage to fixed broadband deployment data."
FCC  maps 
august 2016 by pierredv
The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World "ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World reconstructs the time cost and financial expense associated with a wide range of different types of travel in antiquity. The model is based on a simplified version of the giant network of cities, roads, rivers and sea lanes that framed movement across the Roman Empire. It broadly reflects conditions around 200 CE but also covers a few sites and roads created in late antiquity."
history  maps  resources  reference  visualization  Rome 
january 2016 by pierredv
Windmap; an animated map of global wind - YouTube - Cameron Beccario
Via John Helm: the guy that wrote the nullschool wind map gives a conference talk about how he developed it "Cameron Beccario (@cambecc) talks about designing which is an animated map of global wind and weather. Cameron spoke at The Graphical Web 2014 conference ( at The University of Winchester as organised by The Office for National Statistics."
weather  maps  softwaredevelopment  video  wind  lectures 
november 2015 by pierredv
Can you identify the world cities from their 'naked' metro maps? | Cities | The Guardian
"Artist and urban planner Neil Freeman of Fake is the New Real has been updating his geographically accurate maps of city subway systems, all drawn to the same scale. We’ve used a selection of his maps below: can you identify the cities?"
maps  geography  Grauniad  metro 
november 2015 by pierredv
Maps & Data - Geography - U.S. Census Bureau
Maps & Data Find geographic data and products such as the TIGER/Line Shapefiles, KMLs, TIGERweb, cartographic boundary files, geographic relationship files, and reference and thematic maps.
census  gis  maps 
june 2015 by pierredv
Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, And There’s A Website To Prove It | Junkee
"You can find that map here. All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt across your screen like chicken pox. Read more at"
Google  surveillance  maps 
august 2014 by pierredv
Danish government releases geographic data by way of 1:1 Minecraft map | Ars Technica
"But what can happen when a city—or even country—opens its data doors for a total Minecraft recreation? For an answer, take a look at Denmark. Really, go look at it. You can jump into Minecraft right now and virtually walk around the nation's shores, highways, and cities because the Danish Geodata Agency has launched a full 1:1 recreation."
ArsTechnica  mirror-worlds  simulation  mapping  Denmark  minecraft  maps 
july 2014 by pierredv
ATAP Project Tango – Google
"Our current prototype is a 5” Android phone containing highly customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3-dimensional motion of the device as you hold it while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second updating its position and orientation in real-time combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you."
google  3d  sensors  tango  maps  mapping 
march 2014 by pierredv
Advanced RF Mapping (Radio Map)
John Chapin "DARPA’s Advanced RF Mapping (RadioMap) program seeks to provide real-time awareness of radio spectrum use across frequency, geography and time. The goal is to provide a map that gives an accurate picture of spectrum use in complex environments. With this information, spectrum managers and automatic spectrum allocation systems can operate much more efficiently, reducing the problems caused by spectrum congestion and enabling better mitigation of interference problems. The program plans to provide this information in part by using radios deployed for other purposes, like data and voice communications systems"
DARPA  spectrum  maps  sensors 
march 2014 by pierredv
Beautiful Maps, and the Lies They Tell, An Op-Ed From Runkeeper - Feb 2014
Recently the Flowing Data blog released a series of captivating maps created using public running routes from RunKeeper. Many media outlets picked up the maps, and local newspapers were happy to see a reflection of their hometowns. But tension arose around what the maps meant. The Flowing Data editor suggested that the maps could be used by public officials for city planning. Meanwhile, The Washington Post’s Know More blog suggested the maps proved that only rich people use apps for fitness. One major problem with each of these arguments was that they assumed that the maps were correct.
maps  visualization 
february 2014 by pierredv
City of Kirkland Washington - Interactive Mapping Portal - Maps.Kirklandwa.Gov
"Kirkland Maps is a public mapping portal that allows the community to access, navigate to, and query selected data layers from the citywide GIS database and other sources. Using your computer, you can easily access the city’s property information, permitting information; zoning and land use information, utility information, topographic information, and sensitive areas information. You can also create a property report, apply for permits, pay utility bills, and print out maps. "
maps  Kirkland  GIS  records 
february 2014 by pierredv
Old Mexico lives on | The Economist Feb 2014
"On February 2nd 1848, following a short and one-sided war, Mexico agreed to cede more than half its territory to the United States. An area covering most of present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, plus parts of several other states, was handed over to gringolandia. The rebellious state of Tejas, which had declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, was recognised as American soil too. But a century and a half later, communities have proved more durable than borders. The counties with the highest concentration of Mexicans (as defined by ethnicity, rather than citizenship) overlap closely with the area that belonged to Mexico before the great gringo land-grab of 1848. Some are recent arrivals; others trace their roots to long before the map was redrawn. They didn’t jump the border—it jumped them."
identity  mexico  US  geograonophy  ethnicity  history  TheEconomist  maps 
february 2014 by pierredv
Batch Convert Tool - UK Grid Reference Finder
"Follow the steps below to convert location data from one format (osgb36 to wgs84 or wgs84 to osgb36) to another. Your data can be tab or comma separated (the character between your data fields). You can paste data directly from your Excel spreadsheet or Google spreadsheet document (the format will be detected automatically as tab and you only need to identify the columns holding your location data i.e. the columns holding the lat lng, grid reference or X Y values. When the location data columns are identified press convert. You can copy the converted data directly back in to your spreadsheet."
maps  tools  geography  ordnance  survey 
january 2014 by pierredv
How Personalities Differ Across America [MAPS] | Business Insider Australia
"according to a new study from researchers from the University of Cambridge, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Helsinki, America may also be split up by three different psychological profiles. The paper, which was recently published the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, looked at 1.5 million responses gathered from five different online surveys and assessed respondents across five key personality traits: Openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism."
visualization  geography  maps  psychology  usa  infographics 
october 2013 by pierredv
Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State
The maps above, based on data from the Social Security Administration, show the most popular baby names for girls by state, for babies born from 1960 through 2012, with the colors representing the most popular single name for that year
visualization  geography  maps  names 
october 2013 by pierredv
A Map of Who's Got the Best (and Worst) Internet Connections in America
lots of maps = fastest and slowest = income vs speed = population density vs speed
geography  ex  Gizmodo  maps  speed  broadband 
september 2013 by pierredv
The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated
"The map, from Columbia University’s really exceptional Gulf/2000 Project, shows the different ethnic and linguistic groups of the Levant, the part of the Middle East that’s dominated by Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Each color represents a different group. As you can see, there are a lot of groups swirled together. There are enclaves, and there is overlap."
Syrua  geography  maps 
august 2013 by pierredv
Ten Beautiful Medieval Maps -
"Our list of the best medieval maps – ten maps created between the sixth and sixteenth centuries, which offer unique views into how medieval people saw their world. These maps are arranged chronologically, which helps to reveal some of the changes that took place during the Middle Ages in how people created maps."
maps  ex  middle-ages 
july 2013 by pierredv
Not Even Silicon Valley Escapes History - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
" The precise center of Silicon Valley when it was the most important manufacturing region on Earth is now home to Super Space Self Storage. I was able to map this location thanks to Richard E. Schmieder, who drove 6,000 miles around Silicon Valley, collecting the addresses of more than a thousand corporate headquarters, branch offices, restaurants, and hotels. He published this exhaustive niche Yellow Pages as Rich's Guide to Santa Clara County's Silicon Valley in 1983. I discovered a copy of this rare book in Berkeley's library system and realized that it was a fantastic dataset: If I stuck all of the locations onto a map, I could reconstruct the Valley as it was 30 years ago, right before the Japanese manufacturers and the forces of globalization pulled and pushed chip production to East Asia. And though the idea of Silicon Valley does not allow for history, the place, itself, cannot escape it. The Valley we know now, the Paypal-Google-Facebook one, got built right on top ..."
history  EPA  TheAtlantic  maps  Silicon-Valley  pollution 
july 2013 by pierredv
Lower Mississippi Valley - Engineering Geology Mapping Program
Via feature in Economist "Intelligent Life" on "The Ghost Trails" by Samantha Weinberg, about Harold Fisk's 1944 "Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River - Fisk"
via:economist  mapping  cartography  geology  mississippi  maps 
december 2012 by pierredv
About « Serendipitor
"Serendipitor is an alternative navigation app for the iPhone that helps you find something by looking for something else. The app combines directions generated by a routing service (in this case, the Google Maps API) with instructions for action and movement inspired by Fluxus, Vito Acconci, and Yoko Ono, among others. Enter an origin and a destination, and the app maps a route between the two. You can increase or decrease the complexity of this route, depending how much time you have to play with. As you navigate your route, suggestions for possible actions to take at a given location appear within step-by-step directions designed to introduce small slippages and minor displacements within an otherwise optimized and efficient route. You can take photos along the way and, upon reaching your destination, send an email sharing with friends your route and the steps you took."
NewScientist  geography  navigation  maps  psychogeography  serendipity  mapping  art 
november 2012 by pierredv
Mapping European Stereotypes | Brain Pickings
Yanko Tsvetkov‘s Mapping Stereotypes project
maps  humor  design  parody  * 
may 2012 by pierredv
WiGLE - Wireless Geographic Logging Engine - Plotting WiFi on Maps
"Wireless Geographic Logging Engine: Making maps of wireless networks since 2001"
wireless  spectrum  wi-fi  mapping  visualization  *  maps  RF 
december 2011 by pierredv
KLCC Eugene Oregon NPR-Initial Ocean Zoning Maps Hem In Wave Energy Developers
"At first glance, the Pacific Ocean looks wide open and mostly empty. It's anything but on a digital map the state of Oregon has recently put online. The interactive display includes around 150 layers of data about existing ocean uses and natural features."
Oregon  ocean  maps  resources  sharing  spectrum 
december 2011 by pierredv
Chart Focus: Mapping globalization - McKinsey Dec 2011
"No more than 25 percent of economic activity is truly global, yet visions of a borderless planet entrance many senior executives. To grasp the realities of a world where distance and differences still matter, they should develop “rooted” maps, which correct the misimpression that a viewer’s vantage point doesn’t influence the way things look.

The starting point for rooted maps is to create a reference map depicting your industry environment, but not your own company’s or country’s place in it. An executive at a film studio, for example, might develop a map in which the size of countries reflects their total box office revenues and the color depicts the market share of domestic movies."
maps  McKinsey  globalization  visualization 
december 2011 by pierredv
Submarine Cable Map
The Submarine Cable Map is a free resource from TeleGeography. Data contained in this map is drawn from Global Bandwidth Research Service and is updated on a regular basis.
maps  NewScientist  broadband  communications  internet  * 
november 2011 by pierredv
xkcd: Map Projections
What your favorite map projection says about you
xkcd  maps  humor  personality  cartoons 
november 2011 by pierredv
fourthway: Real Underground
The Real Underground is an animation about the London Underground Map that lets you:
1. Watch the modern Underground map morph into a "Real" Underground map.
2. View a street map overlaying the Real Underground map.
3. Compare the map to Harry Beck's original design from 1933.
maps  visualization  London  via:InformationAesthetics 
may 2011 by pierredv
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