In the blink of an eye, summer is coming to an end. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was planning out all my summer activities as I eagerly awaited the start of long, sunny days and warm nights.
Before we approach the official end of summer on September 21, our Google Maps team thought it’d be fun to see how those of us in the Northern Hemisphere have spent the dog days. To do this, we reviewed the summer search activity on maps.google.com in several countries between the end of May and the beginning of September. Within each country, a look at some of the top-rising searches and the often-searched landmarks on Google Maps gives us a sense of how people around the world spent their summers.
Ever wondered if a certain species of animal can be found where you live? The Map of Life website aims to answer this question. Built on a Google Maps platform, it lists virtually all of the vertebrate animals that can be found at any one point in the world.
Map of Life is currently accessible in a debut version, and is the result of a Yale University-led collaboration between several institutions and organizations.
You’ve got 30 minutes and a bus pass. The world is your weirdly shaped blob.
These blobs represent the extent that you’d be able to travel on public transit in 30 minutes. The 20 maps below were made by Mapnificent, a new website created by Stefan Wehrmeyer that suck in Google Maps-friendly transit data to show just how much of the city you can cover in however much time you want to spend. A handy slider allows you to change your allotted time, and your starting point can be anywhere on the map.
As these maps reveal, 30 minutes on public transit can take you a surprisingly long way in some cities, and keep you severely contained in others. Miami, for example, offers a pretty tight window on the world, compared with transit-rich cities like London and New York.
Why We Like it: A great use of the Google Maps API by a municipal agency to improve the services they provide to their community. Also, it is beautifully designed and a great use of styled maps.
Gregor Aisch wanted a better way to make maps online that allowed something other than the Mercator projection, so he developed his own. The result is Kartograph, a lightweight framework “for building interactive map applications without Google Maps or any other mapping service. It was created with the needs of designers and data journalists in mind.” No more tiles.
We’ll admit, trying to decipher wireless spectrum can be a frustrating and exhausting process. Who owns what, and where? Fortunately, Anthony Fiti of Spectrum Omega has put together a
Rosetta StoneGoogle Map indicating how much spectrum each carrier owns in the lower 48 states, the frequencies they own and where it’s all located.
Today is Veterans Day in the U.S., and we’re honoring this community by sharing relevant Google tools for veterans and families all over the world—you can learn more on the Google for Veterans and Families site. I specifically wanted to highlight a couple of these tools that enable people to map and tell their stories using Google Earth and Google Maps.
One year ago we wrote an article on The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles, a book by Toronto-based urban designer and researcher Nadia Amoroso that deals with the world of visual representation of the city in a new digital context. The book formed the basis for DataAppeal, a new online geograpical data visualization service that was recently launched by Amoroso and a team of designers, artists, computer scientists, information delivery specialists, and GIS specialists. DataAppeal provides a new way of geo-based data visualization and generates beautifully crafted 3D and 4D animated maps — effectively turning information into works of art. We asked her five questions about DataAppeal and the democratization of urban mapping.
Google Map Maker is a simple tool that lets you draw your own map and share that map with others. The Pulse view lets you see how people are making use of that tool in real-time. On top is the Google Earth view. On the bottom is a zoomed in view of the actual edit. Just press play, and see how people around the world are using Map Maker.
The Scottish Parliament elections 2011 results are coming in but it’s clear that the SNP has won a historic majority at Holyrood.
The dramatic result will allow its leader, Alex Salmond, to hold a historic referendum on independence for Scotland. After a series of astonishing victories over Labour and a collapse in the Lib Dem vote, the SNP leader saw a landslide for his party that took it beyond the magic 65 seat mark.