Wednesday, December 11, 2013
TheAtl.as of Human Struggle is a global map of armed conflicts, civil wars and natural & man-made disasters. TheAtl.as has chosen to use a map as the medium of report not only to show the locations of problems around the world but because they believe a map does not prioritize any struggle over any other.
Users can select any report on the map to read a summary and to view links to stories from around the world reporting on the selected struggle. TheAtl.as plans to eventually become a citizen journalist platform so that anyone can post news, media, and discuss events around the world as they unfold.
The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery has created a really interesting gallery comparing historical photographs of Fort Collins with the view as it looks today, as seen on Google Maps Street View.
All the vintage photographs used in the gallery are from the Fort Collins Local History Archive and the Museum Artifact Collections at the Fort Collins Museum. The gallery displays the historical photos side-by-side with the Street View of the same location.
I like the way that the Street Views are displayed in the Fort Collins Museum gallery. Initially the views are displayed as static images and each Street View is only loaded when the user clicks on the static image.
Flu Near You is tracking instances of flu throughout north America. The data for the map comes from users who submit weekly health reports to Flu Near You.
The site uses Google Maps to plot the location of users' health reports. Blue markers represent 'no symptoms', yellow markers indicate 'some symptoms and black markers 'influenza like symptoms'. A heat map layer also displays the flu level in each state.
Users can also click on each state on the map to view a breakdown of the number of reports of flu at the state level. Obviously the Flu Near You flu incidence reports are only as good as the data being entered. Probably the most useful thing on the map is a search facility to find nearby flu vaccination locations.
The data for the vaccination locator comes from the HealthMap Vacine Finder. The HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a service that helps you find locations that offer immunizations for a number of health conditions.
Google created a Flu Vaccine Finder in response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. In 2012 HealthMap took over from Google by creating the new HealthMap Vaccine Finder, which allows users to search for flu vaccination locations and 10 additional adult vaccines.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Street View can be so beautiful. It can raise your spirits and at times it can break your heart.
If Lord Byron was alive today he would no doubt have written an Ode to Street View. Unfortunately the poet never got the chance to play with Google Maps and was forced to trudge the world for real.
It falls to me therefore to bring together the poetry of George Gordon Byron and Google Maps Street View. Ode to Street View marries three poems (by Byron, Wordsworth and William Leighton) with images from Street View.
Just scroll up and down Ode to Street View to read the poems and view some beautiful images of Venice, London and Florence (this will probably only work on desktops).
Google has released a new method for simply creating your own custom Street View tours using Photo Spheres. Anyone with an Android phone can easily create their own 360 degree panoramic images. Now users can connect a series of these Photo Spheres, taken around the same location, and connect them together to create a Street View tour.
The tours can be created in Google Views. Users simply need to select the photo spheres from their own profile and use the new tool to connect them together. Once the Photo Spheres are connected together they appear with navigation arrows that allow you to move from one Photo Sphere to another, just as you do in Street View.
Users can then grab the embed code for a Photo Sphere and add the connected tour to their own website or blog. You can view a great example of the new Photo Spheres tour facility in this tour of Tiber Island in Rome.
Ekisto is an interactive map of the StackOverflow, Github and Friendfeed communities. The map shows the network of users in the three communities based on the similarities of their members.
Each member on the map is represented by a tower block whose height is determined by the normalized value of each user's Github and Friendfeed Pagerank and their StackOverflow reputation points. Users can view maps for each of the three communities and search for members by username.
Posted by Keir Clarke at 11:27 AM
If you add LIMBs to a Google Map when the user pans the map the marker icon sticks to the edge of the map to act as a visual guide back to the marker's location on the map. Lots of businesses use the Google Maps API to provide a 'How to Find Us' map. With LIMBS added to the map if a user moves the map (e.g. to find the nearest station) a marker will display in the map border to act as a visual guide back to the business.
You can view a demo of LIMBs in action here and the code is available at Sourceforge.
Monday, December 09, 2013
The New York Police Department has released a new Google Map to provide the public with crime data for the city. The NYC Crime Map provides crime information down to the nearest intersection.
The map allows users to view crime data for any month since January 2012 and to filter the results by type of crime. If you zoom in on the map you can view the data by individual incidents of crime or as a heat map. If you search for a location it is also possible to compare the local crime data with crime in the city as a whole.
The Key to English Place Names is a fascinating Google Map from the University of Nottingham that reveals the meanings behind English place names.
Just enter a town or city name into the search box and its location will be displayed on the map. The name's meaning and a break-down of the different parts of the name and the language(s) of those elements are displayed in the map marker's information window.
The only thing I found disappointing with this map was that the meaning behind the name of the Cumberland town of 'Cockermouth' was not as exciting as I had hoped.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Chocolate company Thorntons has created a neat application that lets you send a magical online Christmas Card featuring Raymond Briggs' cute Snowman character (and Google Maps).
The Thorntons Facebook Christmas Message application allows you to send an animated Christmas message to a friend in which the Snowman is seen flying over their house (using Google Maps satellite imagery) and even walks down their street (using Street View).
The Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar is also a wondrous interactive map, although you wouldn't know it just by looking at it.
The Wellington, New Zealand Tourist Office has created a gorgeous looking online advent calendar featuring illustrations of well known landmarks around the city. Users can explore the calendar to find today's date, click on the date and discover a voucher that can be redeemed at a Wellington business.
Map Your Representatives is a handy application that helps you find out who your political representatives are, from local councilor up to the President himself, simply by clicking on a Google Map.
Enter your zip-code or address into the search bar and a pin will be dropped on your location. The page will then automatically scroll down to reveal all your local political representatives.
The map itself includes an attractive mask that creates a circular map. If you pan the map around the map marker remains in the center of the map and not on your searched for location. Simply click on the 'Update Location' button and the political representatives for the new location will be displayed on the map.