Monday, September 15, 2014

The Best Map of Springfield - Ever!


It is a disgrace that nine years after the release of Google Maps, Google still haven't managed to properly map one of America's most loved towns. Luckily where ever Google fails Esri comes to the rescue.

Look up Springfield on Playgis and you will find a gloriously detailed map of this most famous of American towns. From the world's first ever Kwik-E-Mart to Springfield Elementary School, this Spingfield map has it all. You can even use the map to look up the address of individual families, for example the Simpsons family at 742 Evergreen Terrace.

Even though this is undoubtedly the best Simpsons map ever - I still want more. Where is the Springfield Street View (I bet even Shelbyville has Street View by now)? I also want driving directions. I need to know the quickest way to the Kwik-E-Mart and to the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant (preferably with real-time traffic conditions).

Another thing missing from the map is transit directions. It would be handy to know which bus I should get home from a late night at Moe's Tavern. However, nit-picking aside, this is still the Springfield map I've ever seen. It's quite possibly the best map ever.

Mapping Drug Border Seizures


Drug Seizures Along the US-Mexico Border, from the Center of Investigative Journalism, examines the amount and types of drugs that have been seized being smuggled across the 2,000 mile border between the United States and Mexico.

The map plots 128,169 drug seizures made by the U.S. Border Patrol between Jan 2005 and Oct 2011. You can select which type of drug is plotted on the map (marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and other) using the buttons immediately beneath the map. The map also includes a timeline so that you can compare the number of each type of drug seized by year.

The amount of each drug seized at each U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint is represented by the size of the circle on the map. If you select a checkpoint station on the map you can also view details on the total number of seizures and the average weight of each seizure.

The Zombie Sounds of Street View


Last month Amplifon created Sounds of Street View, a new platform which allows you to add sound to Google Maps Street View. If you visit Sounds of Street View Create Your Own you can download the Sounds of Street View framework and read a detailed guide explaining how to create your own Street View with sound experience.

Bryan James has become the first independent developer to use the framework to create his own aural experience on Street View. And it is truly frightening!

Zombie Sound Experienz uses the Business Photos Street View tour from the Zombie Manor in Drayton to create a creepy virtual tour, with full 3d sound. As you progress through this zombie filled virtual Street View tour you can now actually hear the zombies pursuing you.

As you visit the different rooms in the Zombie Manor you will hear a variety of creepy sounds. Different zombies and rooms have different sounds attached to them, which get louder or quieter as you approach or travel away from them. 

Animated Subway Maps


Monday morning. Time to start the week with a little frivolous fun.

Tube Scroll has created a number of underground transit system maps using SVG. Choose a transit map from the front page (including GTA V's Los Santos subway map) and you can then watch as your chosen map is drawn live on your monitor.

To see the subway map being drawn you simply have to scroll down on the page. Each map also includes an information option which allows you to view the number of lines, the number of stations and the total length of the chosen transit system.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Maps of the Week


On April 9th, 1948 in Bogotá, Colombia, Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala, the Liberal leader and presidential candidate, was assassinated. In response to his assassination massive riots broke out in the city. The riots of April 9th left 3,000 to 5,000 dead and thousands injured, with much of downtown Bogotá destroyed.

The History of Bogatazo is a story map which recounts the assassination of Gaitán and the resulting uprising in Bogotá. The impressive visual aesthetic of this map is created through the use of custom vintage style map tiles, a careful attention to detail in the map markers & timeline icons and in the decorative corner images.

As you progress through the timeline the map automatically updates to show the important events of the day, with photos and text explaining each mapped event. The map is available in both English and Spanish versions.


Washington DC's ShotSpotter system is a network of over 300 acoustic sensors that are used to detect the sound of gunfire in the city and triangulate the location of each shooting. The Urban Institute has used the data from the ShotSpotter system to map gunfire incidents which took place near Washington DC schools during the 2011–12 school year.

Mapping Gunshots Near DC Schools plots schools in Washington DC and incidents of gunfire on the same map. The school map markers are color-coded to show schools that were within 500 feet of a gunshot, 1,000 feet and those that were further than 1,000 feet from a shooting incident. The map also allows you to turn off gunshot incidents which took place outside the time of normal school hours.


The Berliner Morgenpost's Fußballkarte shows where the registered supporters of 8 of the 18 Bundesliga football clubs live.

Fußballkarte (BETA) shades each neighborhood in Germany based on the club with the most registered supporters in that neighborhood. If you mouse-over a neighborhood you can view the number of registered supporters for each of the 8 clubs.

As well as the Bundesliga Fußballkarte there are also localized Berlin and Hamburg versions of the map. Hamburger Fußballkarte is a map of Hamburg showing where HSV and St. Pauli have the most fans in the city. The Berliner Fußballkarte shows the registered supporters of Berlin's top two football clubs, Hertha Berlin and FC Union Berlin.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mapping the Life of George Washington


George Washington spent a lot of time in Washington DC. I guess he liked the name.1

Washington's World is a biographical map of George Washington's life created by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (Mount Vernon being Washington's plantation home). The map allows you to explore the places which Washington visited in his life, from his birth in Westmoreland County, Virginia to his death at Mount Vernon.

The map includes the option to display various journeys undertaken by Washington during his life, including, his presidential tours and his trip to Barbados. The map also includes a timeline, which allows you to explore the plotted locations by date. If you select a location on the map you can view details about the chosen location in the map sidebar.

1. Yes, I know.

The Russian Doll of Maps


Displayce is a series of visual map experiments created using the Google Maps API. Each of the experimental views in Displayce uses a number of Google Map instances on one page to create an experimental map pattern.

For example, 'foci' (pictured above) overlays a number of Google Maps on top of each other. Each map instance shows a view of the same location but each map has a consecutively lower zoom level.

Displayce includes four different map experiments all creating a different visual effect from stitching together different map instances to create different patterns. You can enter any location in the world into each of the experiments and, if you like the resulting experimental map, you can grab the URL for the view and share it with your friends.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Street View Your House


Creepy Polaroid is a fun little app which creates a quick little Street View snapshot of your house. Just share your address with Creepy Polaroid and it provides a Street View picture of your house, with your address printed along the bottom.

The application uses HTML5 geolocation to determine your current position. You can find how out how to do this with the Google Maps API in the JavaScript API documentation, Geolocation example. Once the application has your location it then uses the Street View Image API to provide a static Street View image of your current location.

Mapping Russia's Courts


Over the years Maps Mania has covered a lot of crime maps created all around the world. This is the first time that I've seen a map which covers the number of cases and sentencing records of judicial courts in one country.

The Russian Criminal Justice Atlas is an interactive map of the cases heard and the sentencing decisions made in 2,000 courts in the Russian Federation in the year 2009. Using the map it is possible to access data about the number of cases and the types of sentences passed at each of the mapped courts.

The size of the markers on the map represent the number of cases heard at each court. If you select a court's marker you can access the data from the respective court. This data includes information on the number of cases, the average age of defendants, the number of people given jail sentences and the average length of sentences.

The map also includes a large number of filtering tools which allow you to adjust the courts shown on the map by a range of factors. These filtering tools are grouped under the headings of Court, Convict, Status, Outcome, Sentence and Electoral.

The FOSS4G Maps of the Year

The annual free and open source software for geospatial conference, FOSS4G has announced the winners of the best open source maps of the past year. I've already featured a few of the maps from the FOSS4G Map Gallery during the past week, now here are the winners in each category.

Best Open Source Software Integration

Denmark National Lidar Showcase

Best Open Source Data Integration


Best Web Map Application
PDX Transit Map

Best Overall Cartographic Display
Wind Farms of the German Bight

Best Anti-Map Map

Beyond Close

People’s Choice
Plan Oblique Relief Europe