Saturday, October 05, 2013

Maps of the Week

The Battle of Antietam was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, resulting in 22,717 dead, wounded, and missing on both sides combined.

The Civil War Trust's Battle of Antietam Animated Map is a lovingly produced video of the bloodiest day in American history. The video includes re-enactment footage alongside a number of animated maps that recount the attacks and counterattacks by both sides in this bloody battle.

The site also includes a number of interactive 360 degree panoramic tours of some of the important battlefield locations. After watching the video map of the battle it is fascinating to be able to view the 360 tours and get a first person view of the battlefield on the ground.

Trafficways is a wonderful collection of beautiful map layers on one OpenStreetMap map. The maps include visualizations of air flights, Flickr photos, US census data, GPS lines & speed and a whole lot more.

The map also includes a number of options that allow you to refine the appearance of the different map layers. The visualization options include brightness and gamma controls and options to adjust the number of dots used in presenting the mapped data.

One of the most shared maps on social media this week was Stephanie May's Rental Housing Affordability in San Francisco. The map shows how many full-time minimum wage jobs you need to afford a two bedroom flat in each of San Francisco's neighborhoods.

Let's just say that if you want a flat in Mission Bay you better start applying for a few more jobs.

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