Sunday, September 11, 2011

Google Maps of the Week

I'm sure everyone has a story to tell - and you can tell yours with this Google Map.

Stories Unbound was created for the Melbourne Writers Festival. It is a social media platform (website and iPhone app), that lets users write and geotag stories wherever and whenever the mood strikes.

Walkshed is an incredible walkability map for New York and Philadelphia. Using Google Maps and OpenStreetMap Walkshed lets you calculate a personal walk score for any address in New York and Philadelphia.

Walkshed has some pretty clever algorithms working behind the scenes to help calculate the walkability scores. For example, interstates and rivers adversely effect a walk-score whilst parks have a very positive impact.

The New York Times' 'The Reckoning' is an in depth examination of life in America and in the rest of the world on and since 9/11. The feature includes a Google Map called Where I Was.

The map allows users to add a comment to the map explaining where they were at the time of the 9/11 attacks and / or how they feel now. When browsing the submitted comments it is is possible to filter the results by mood.


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