Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Google Maps of the Week

What with the holidays and everything it has been a fairly quiet week on Google Maps Mania. That quietness was disturbed a little by who managed to cause a stir by mapping and publishing the postal addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties in New York state.

The publication of people's addresses in the map has raised privacy concerns and at least one website to retaliate by publishing the names and addresses of the newpaper's employees.

The Census Dotmap went one better than by mapping the location of every American counted in the 2010 national census. The map contains 308,450,225 dots, that is one dot for every American. The Census Dotmap however didn't create any controversy because it took the sensible step of not publishing everyone's name and address.

The resulting map is a beautiful image map that shows the population of the USA uncluttered by the standard map features of city boundaries, arterial roads, state lines etc.

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