July 3, 2014

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

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.

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

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.

September 18, 2013

Map Projection Selection Tool

Map Projection Selection Tool

from the article:

The Map Projection Selection Tool was developed to help cartographers pick the best map projection for making maps in a GIS software program. Selecting an appropriate map projection is one of the first important decisions when working and mapping out GIS data. Since two dimensional maps require a compromise, selecting which parameters are necessary to preserve (size, shape, or direction) is important. The Map Projection Select Tool provides suggestions for picking a projection that preserves the spatial property selected and is accurate for the geographic area of interest.

August 26, 2013

Minneapolis Crime Maps

Crime in Minneapolis

from MinnPost:

Below you will find aggregate Minneapolis crime data for the most recent month that has been made available. Reporting on crime trends is a complicated business, and raw crime stats can be misleading; please read the full post on our methodology for detailed information and additional caveats. Check back each month for updated numbers.

August 19, 2013

Mapping Happiness

The Happiest States In America In One Map

from the site:

The map is based on results from a study of geotagged tweets published earlier this year in PLoS ONE by researchers at the University of Vermont. The team scored more than 10,000 words on a positive-negative scale and measured their frequency in millions of tweets across the country, deliberately ignoring context to eliminate experimental bias. What emerged was significant regional variation in happiness by this calculation, which correlates with other lifestyle measures such as gun violence, obesity and Gallup's traditional wellbeing survey. A sadness belt across the South includes states that have high levels of poverty and the shortest life expectancies.

August 9, 2013

Trace America's Streams

Trace America's Streams using Streamer, by USGS

from the site:

The USGS National Geospatial Program is proud to announce the release of a dynamic map called Streamer, which allows a web user to map upstream and downstream traces and generate reports for each trace (including a map of the trace; its direction, total length, and outlet waterbody; its origin's stream name, coordinates, and elevation; and counts of the number of gages, streams, states, counties, and cities along the trace.)

August 7, 2013

New Language Map from U.S. Census

New Interactive Map From U.S. Census Bureau Shows Languages Spoken in America

from the site:

The U.S. Census Bureau today released an interactive, online map pinpointing the wide array of languages spoken in homes across the nation, along with a detailed report on rates of English proficiency and the growing number of speakers of other languages.

Direct link to the map here: U.S. Census Interactive Language Map

July 31, 2013

Craft Beer Maps

Microbrew Maps: Get Your (Good) Beer Here

Curious about how many craft breweries are close to your city or address? Planning a road trip and want to know how many breweries you can hit along the way? Map Lab from Wired has you covered.

June 19, 2013

Literal meanings of places in the U.S.

The literal meanings of places in the U.S., mapped.

from the article:

It's easy to think of words such as California or Texas or New York as just the places on the map, but those words actually meant something, once, and those meanings offer a little glimpse into history., designed by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust, labels states, cities, and landmarks with the literal meanings of their official names.

June 5, 2013

The Geography of Tweets

The Geography of Tweets

The data includes "all of the geo-tagged Tweets since 2009." The resulting maps are pretty spectacular...

May 28, 2013

Geography of Bacteria-Related Deaths

The Lopsided Geography of America's Bacteria-Related Deaths

from the site:

The sepsis puzzle just got a slight bit clearer, thanks to new research from the University of Pennsylvania. A medical team has conducted a detailed survey of American sepsis mortality, identifying several "hotspots" with abnormally high reports of deaths. They also located a "coolspot" in the western part of the country where sepsis rates appear to be below average.

May 26, 2013

Meteorite Impact Map

A Fantastic Map of 500 Years of Meteorites Hitting Earth

from the site:

The interactive map is only a partial sampling of the 45,716 meteorites on record with the Meteoritical Society. "The vast majority of those are fragments found in Antarctica and other remote locations like Western Australia and the Sahara," he says. "Only about 1,107 have a recorded sighting associated with them and of those I was able to find pictures for 605. Since the map is intended for the public and not professionals, I chose to show only the 605 with the most information associated with them."

April 23, 2013

New York City Poverty

Mapped: Poverty in New York City

from The Guardian:

The Bloomberg administration has released new data detailing the levels of poverty in New York City. The report, from the Center for Economic Opportunity, reveals that in 2011, 21.3% of New Yorkers lived in poverty - the third consecutive year it had risen.

April 19, 2013

New Antarctic Seafloor Map

See Antarctica's Entire Seafloor With New Map

December 31, 2012

New Census Dotmap

Article from The Atlantic: Mapping the Census: A Dot for Every Person

View the map: Census Dotmap

December 19, 2012

Pronounce Wisconsin

Pronounce Wisconsin is an interactive map showing how to pronounce town names...


December 7, 2012

LGBT Equality Map

The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality

Geography of Gun Violence

The Geography of Gun Violence in Cities and Metros

November 19, 2012

Hamas's rocket range inside Israel

An interactive map showing Hamas's rocket range inside Israel

November 16, 2012

USFS Pest Portal

U.S. Forest Service -- Forest Health Protection Mapping and Reporting

Find interactive maps relating to Forest Pest Conditions, Insect and Disease Surveys, Forest Disturbances and more...

From the site:

"The applications ... access a myriad of state, county and local level forest insect and disease conditions data. In addition we offer a window into near real time forest disturbance information collected from space."

November 8, 2012

Marriage and Voter ID votes by precinct

Maps: The Marriage and Voter ID votes by precinct

from MPR:

These maps show by precinct the support that the Marriage and Voter ID constitutional amendments found around the state of Minnesota. Striking dislike for both amendments can be seen in the core Metro cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, with falling levels of support radiating outwards. Similarly high levels of 'no' votes can be found in other populous areas throughout the state. Rural areas were more likely to support both amendments.

November 5, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: The AfterMap

Hurricane Sandy: The AfterMap

from the site:

Compare NOAA satellite imagery from before and after Hurricane Sandy and investigate damage caused by the superstorm in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Click and drag the red bar to compare historical and current imagery. You can also use the included bookmarks to explore some of the the most damaged areas.

October 30, 2012

Superstorm Sandy Event Map

Superstorm Sandy: every verified event mapped and detailed

from the site:

What has Hurricane Sandy and the downgraded storm actually caused? How do you tell the difference between rumours, fake photos and real events? We are tracking incidents across the world. This map excludes closures and evacuations that took place before Sandy hit but reports events verified from the Wire services or local media after.

August 6, 2012

Mapping Olympic Medals

Mapping Olympic Medals using ArcGIS Online

This blog entry from Esri researchers compares how different types of maps can be used to show the same information...and what that means when choosing a map style...

July 2, 2012

Colorado Wildfires Map Gallery

Colorado Wildfires User Map Gallery

from the site:

This gallery showcases web maps and applications created by Esri users. It features a combination of user-generated information, authoritative live feeds, and social media used to create compelling, visually-rich content using ArcGIS Online.

June 17, 2009

Digital Maps Beta from USGS

The "Digital Map - Beta" is the first step toward a new generation of digital topographic maps delivered by the U.S. Geological Survey. These maps are built from The National Map data, which are integrated from local, State, Federal, and other sources. The initial version of the "Digital Map - Beta" includes orthoimagery plus roads and geographic names in the traditional 7.5 minute quadrangle format. "Digital Maps - Beta" are available free on the Web in the GeoPDF format. File size is about 15 to 20 Megabytes. (Description taken from the USGS website.)