Saturday, December 07, 2013
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.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
This year there have been a lot of maps dedicated to showing the age of buildings around the world.
So far on Google Maps Mania we have featured: Houses of Moscow, Age of Greater Reykjavík the Five Boroughs: Building Age NYC, Brooklyn’s Past and Present, CitySDK's & the The iBag Viewer age of buildings in the Netherlands, Ljubljana Building Ages, Portland, Oregon: The Age of a City and Chicago's Building Ages.
Before the year is out we have time for one more. The Salem Lots map shows the age of buildings in Salem, Oregon. The buildings on the map are color-coded to show the date of construction by decade. The map also includes a nice feature that allows users (in the know) to click on an individual building and add information about when exactly it was built.
If you click through to read the blog post on the map you can also view an interesting animation showing the development of Salem over time.
Archaeology in Greece Online has created a Google Map of the latest archaeological discoveries made in Greece and Cyprus.
The map allows you to search for the latest discoveries and archaeological field projects by region, period and keyword. It is also possible to search the map by year. Each mapped report includes a short introduction to the archaeological site and a link to view the full report (all reports are written in French).
Geodia is a spatial timeline of ancient Mediterranean archaeology and material culture. An interactive timeline synchronised to a Google Map allows users to explore geographic sites and events from the fourth millennium BC to ca. 330 AD.
The site was designed to serve as an instructional resource, to help students in introductory courses in archaeology and art-history make sense of the spatial, temporal and visual complexity of the ancient Mediterranean, and visualize connections and differences across space and time.
The Digital Archaeological Atlas of the Holy Land is a collection of Google Maps that together form an on-line digital atlas of the region.
The site is divided into a number of areas, including a series of case studies, numerous historic maps, and a huge searchable database. The "Empires" section illustrates the march of empires across the Middle East, from the development of the first Egyptian state in about 3000 BCE to the Ottoman Empire in 1918 CE. The 'Empires' Google Map includes the option to view an animated time-line of these empires.
Every year on Christmas Eve Google releases a live map tracking Santa's progress around the globe as he delivers presents to the world's children. Between now and Christmas Eve you can visit the Santa Tracker webpage and everyday play a different Santa related game.
Alongside the games the Santa Tracker website features a prominent countdown revealing how many days, hours and minutes until Santa begins his annual epic journey around the world.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Have you found Jesus? Then you are not the only one. People around the world are finding Jesus in the most unlikely places; in food, on trees and in household items.
The Jesus Face Database is mapping sightings people have made of Jesus in objects around the globe. The map even includes the face of Jesus found on Google Maps in a field in Hungary.
Jesus is not the only holy figure to appear on Google Maps. God himself has made a brief appearance above the Walensee in Switzerland on Google Maps Street View.
Psycologists have a word for the phenomenon of finding familiar objects in random patterns. They call it 'Pareidolia'. Onformative has even created a computer program, called GoogleFaces, that scans Google Maps satellite imagery looking for patterns that humans might believe are human faces.
GoogleFaces scans through one satellite image after another on Google Maps, sequentially along the latitude and longitude of the globe. After scanning around the world it then switches to the next zoom level and starts all over again.
As it scans each satellite imagery the GoogleFaces face detection algorithm records the latitude and longitude of any 'faces' it finds. The onformative website has a few examples of the faces already found on Google Maps, including the one above, found in the satellite imagery of Russia.
Posted by Keir Clarke at 12:52 PM
The unwritten law of tribal football support is that you support your local team (for life). If you end up supporting a non-local football team then you will forever be known as a plastic fan and a glory hunter.
It's harsh I know but thems the rules.
If you want to find out which football team that you should support then enter your address into Your Nearest Football Ground. You will then be presented with a Google Map of your nearest football grounds.
I've begun testing the application out on my friends and have already had to drop two close friends for supporting the wrong football team. As I said before 'thems the rules'.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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.
This year the Snowman is visiting your street!
It's nearly Christmas, that special time of year when we get lots of special Google Maps and Street View promotional campaigns. This year the first to get in on the act is chocolate company Thorntons, with 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 flies over their house (using Google Maps satellite imagery) and even walks down their street (using Street View).
I feel kind of guilty about trying to get everyone excited last week about the Sky Live Ison Tracker map, only for Ison to meet the fate shared by everyone who flies too close to the Sun.
In compensation let me point you instead to this map of 2013 Meteor Sightings put together by the Montreal Gazette. The Gazette used Fusion Tables to map data from the American Meteor Society. The AMS tracks meteor sightings around the world. The map shows more sightings in the USA than elsewhere around the globe as the society's members live mainly in the US.