July 3, 2014

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

May 15, 2014

The trouble with viral maps

Bad Latitude - The trouble with viral maps. Plus: Some fun viral maps!

from the site:

If you have an Internet connection, you've likely seen one of these maps of America, in which each state's character is boiled down to a single predilection or predicament. The maps are undeniably entertaining: You check out the state you live in, the state your cousin lives in, the state you dislike for whatever reason, and then send it to a friend so she can do the same. Thanks to their shareability, the maps have quickly become a fixture of Facebook, Twitter, and websites (Slate among them) eager to profit from our fascination with federalism.

May 6, 2014

Minneapolis Crime Mapping

Minneapolis Web-Based Crime Map

From the press release:

Crime analysis and mapping data is now in the hands of the city's citizens. The Minneapolis Police Department has launched a new web-based crime mapping tool called RAIDSONLINE (Regional Analysis and Information Sharing). The product was developed by Bair Analytics.

The new system has been made available to the City of Minneapolis at no cost. It is being used by cities across the country, including several communities locally.

The crime statistics and reports section is the most visited area on MPD's website. The public has a strong desire to know what crimes and incidents are taking place in their communities and on their individual blocks.

The new tool offers increased transparency and public access to crime maps and information. Previously, the MPD placed static crime maps on its website and updated them weekly. With RAIDS, that information is updated daily, and the system stores crime data for the past 3 years. Citizens now have the ability to customize maps in a variety of ways. Data can be mapped by address, crime type or by date range.

"We are hoping the public will use this system to its fullest extent. It provides increased transparency and access to time and accurate police incident data. RAIDSONLINE will give the public a better picture of what's going on in their neighborhoods. This awareness will help the MPD solve and reduce overall crime," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee' Harteau said.

Cities Mapped by Running Routes

Cities, Mapped by Where Their People Go Running

From the site:

Inspired by a 2011 project that mapped popular running routes in a few European cities, Nathan Yau at FlowingData has done the same for 22 major cities, including 18 in the U.S.

To make these maps, Lau simply grabbed public data from the exercise-tracking app RunKeeper. While these visualizations are not representative of all runners in a city, they do offer useful information on urban spaces. For one, we see that people really do love running near water and in parks.

February 7, 2014

Census Flow Mapper

New Migration Tables from the Census Bureau Show County-to-County Moves Across U.S.

from the site:

To help users understand and interact with these statistics, the Census Bureau has developed an online mapping tool called Census Flows Mapper. This application allows users to select a county in the U.S. and view the outbound, inbound and net migration flows for that county. Additionally, users can choose flows based on characteristics such as age, sex, race or Hispanic origin.

The application also allows users to download data, zoom in and out on the map to an area of interest, view additional statistics of the selected county and save their map as a PDF file.

January 31, 2014

Commute Map

These Maps Will Change How You Think About Your Commute

from the site:

It looks a bit like an isochrone, a map showing how far you can travel on a transportation network in a given time frame, starting from a single location.

But this map tells us something about every point of origin in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region simultaneously. Specifically, it tells us how many jobs are accessible within 30 minutes - using the key at right - from each location by public transit, during the 7-9 a.m. peak morning window.

January 15, 2014

Worldwide Current Wind Map


from the site:

a visualization of global weather conditions

forecast by supercomputers

updated every three hours

January 8, 2014

Map of 19th Century Shipping Routes

A map of 19th Century shipping routes and nothing else

from the site:

Nautical trade routes stretch like so many lengths of string in this arresting visualization of intercontinental commerce in the 1800s. The map that emerges highlights not only several continents and their busiest ports, but the various trade winds that cycle through the lower reaches of Earth's atmosphere.

December 5, 2013

Circular City Maps

City Maps That Orient You Better Than Google Can

from the site:

Archie Archambault was a philosophy major who moved to Portland, Ore., in 2009 after college and found himself getting lost. For all their practical uses, Google maps didn't seem to really give him a local's sense of neighborhoods, or how to navigate the city as a whole, or reflect his perceptions of how long it took to get from point A to point B.

So he drew a circle with a cross hair in it, dividing it into quadrants. Then he started exploring streets and neighborhoods by all means of transportation possible, getting an on-the-ground feel for the urban landscape. That first sketch led him to create his first map of Portland and became the genesis of a quirky map-making process that he still uses today.

November 26, 2013

United [Watershed] States of America

The United [Watershed] States of America

What if state boundaries were based on watersheds?

November 21, 2013

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Online

A Dutch edition of Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum is now available to view online: Ortelius Atlas

This atlas was produced in Antwerp in 1571 and contains maps depicting the entire world.

November 7, 2013

Which Companies Dominate Your State's Politics?

Which Companies Dominate Your State's Politics?

from the site:

We mapped which industries gave the most to state-level campaign donors for the 2012 election (ballot initiatives and party PACs excluded) and limited our search to the top business in each state. We also excluded unions, law firms, and nonprofits, since political giving from these entities can be associated with a variety of industries.

U.S. Net Migration 2000-2010

Thinking of moving? Here's where your fellow Americans went from 2000 to 2010.

October 24, 2013

America's Mood Map

America's Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude

from the site:

A multinational team of researchers led by psychologist and American expat Jason Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge in the U.K. has sought to draw the regional lines more clearly, literally mapping the American mood, with state-by-state ratings of personality and temperament.

October 18, 2013

Foods Of The States

The Great American Menu: Foods Of The States, Ranked And Mapped

from the site:

What are the United States' best regional foodstuffs? Its worst? These are the questions that bedevil the mind of man--but no longer! For here, we have ranked them. Rigorously scientific (not), ardently researched (nope), and scrupulously fair (not even a little bit): this is the Great American Menu!

Each state (plus the District of Columbia) gets one, and only one, signature foodstuff. And we selected actual food preparations; no state gets credit merely for being the geographic location where a certain edible flora or fauna happens to grow or swim or graze.