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.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
BetterDoctor's PriceMaps allows you to compare the cost of common medical procedures charged by hospitals throughout the USA. Simply select a condition from the drop-down menu and the price charged by hospitals across the country is displayed on the Google Map.
A green marker indicates the cheapest prices within the map's boundaries. A red marker signifies the most expensive prices. The map sidebar also displays each hospital's US News ranking and US News score.
BestMedicarePrice is a Google Map that allows you to find the prices charged by hospitals for the top 100 most frequently billed procedures.
To search the map just select a procedure from the drop-down menu. The prices charged by hospitals for the procedure are then displayed on the map. If you click on a price on the map you can view the hospital's name, the Medicare reimbursement and the actual expected cost.
The New York Times has also published an interesting Medicare Map that shows how much different hospitals charge Medicare throughout the country for the same treatment.
The map compares the charges made at 3,300 hospitals nationwide for the 100 most commonly performed treatments and procedures. The colored markers on the map show whether individual hospitals charged less than the average (blue markers), 1 to 2 times the average (yellow) or twice the national average (red).
Users can click on individual hospitals to view how much they charged Medicare in five common types of case and across a range of other types of medical case.
NerdWallet’s Best Hospitals price comparison application helps you search for prices charged by local hospitals. You can browse the application by specialty, state, or procedure.
If you search Best Hospitals by location and procedure the application will return a recommended hospital and a Google Map showing all local hospitals where the procedure is available. All the hospitals are also listed beneath the map, where you can compare the prices charged by each hospital.
The weekend is here, so let the fun begin. First off let's find something fun to do on MapDays.
MapDays is a Google Map of events happening in your local area. You can use the map to find upcoming events by location and by specific dates. The map shows EventBrite events and also events added by the application's users.
MapDays also includes a useful route planning function that can help you find upcoming events along a particular route. So if you fancy a road-trip MapDays can help you plan your route and show you events happening within a defined distance along your route.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Looking at this map of the 50 Most Violent Cities In The World it seems best to avoid South, Central and North America if you possibly can. Those Americans are dangerous.
The map shows the 50 most violent cities in the world as reported in this Business Insider report. Apart from three cities in South Africa all the cities are located in the Americas. According to the report San Pedro Sula, Honduras is the most violent city in the world with 169 homicides per 100,000 people.
Brasil appears to the most violent country with 15 of the top 50 most violent cities. Ahead of today's World Cup draw football fans might want to note that 8 of the 12 host cities for the 2014 Brasil World Cup are in the top 50 most violent cities.