Friday, April 12, 2019

A Street View of Thrones

A Viz of Thrones is a map and data visualization about the characters and episodes of the HBO series Game of Thrones. The map allows you to view the setting in Westros or Essos where every single scene in all seven screened seasons of A Game of Thrones takes place.

At the heart of a Viz of Thrones is a mapped timeline which allows you to drill down into any scene, in any episode of all seven screened seasons of the television series. If you select an episode from the season timeline then the map sidebar will show all the individual scenes in that episode. Select any scene in the chosen episode and character markers will be added to the interactive map. The map therefore shows you both the location of the chosen scene and the characters who appear in it. If you click on a character's marker on the map you can even find out the length of their screen time in the chosen scene.

If you enjoy exploring these fictional locations on the interactive map then you might like to explore the real locations where these scenes were shot using Google Maps Street View. In Game of Thrones: The Old Views and the NewGoogle has curated a collection of Game of Thrones shooting locations which can be explored using Google Maps panoramic imagery. The collection includes the real shooting locations for King's Landing and Winterfell. Google's collection of magical Street Views is split into three main Houses, the Starks, Lannisters and the Mother of Dragons.

If you are impressed by A Viz of Thrones then why not create your own interactive Game of Thrones map. Thanks to Carto you don't even need to create your own basemap of Essos and Westeros. Carto's Game of Thrones Basemap of the Seven Kingdoms provides a great canvas on which you can add all of your Games of Thrones geo-data.

If you want to know how to add all your GoT geo-data to the Carto basemap then you need Patrick Triest's tutorial Building Aa Interactive Game Of Thrones Map (Part I) - Node.js, PostGIS, and Redis. The first installment of this two part tutorial explains how you can build a searchable backend to serve your data to the map. Part II of the tutorial shows you how to build a responsive interactive map for this data using Leaflet.js.

If you were wondering what a Node.js, PostGIS, and Redis powered Game of Thrones map looks like then you can find out on Patrick's Atlas of Thrones. The map includes lots of categorized points of information that you can view on the map. Including castles, towns, regions and landmarks. You can navigate to these via the categorized menu or by using the built-in search function.

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