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Worldwide Drownings on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Mar 18, 2013



Apparently drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death worldwide. In order to help spread information about the dangers of drowning The Global Drowning Tracker has created a Google Map to record instances of drowning.

The map includes a number of filtering options which allow the user to browse the drownings reported by age, gender and location. Users can report drowning incidents to the map via a short form or by a SMS text message. The Global Drowning Tracker hopes that “through awareness, recognition and action, drowning accidents can be eliminated, if not greatly reduced”.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/MM__NFb6N2k/worldwide-drownings-on-google-maps.html

The Growth of China on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Mar 18, 2013



Since the demise of the old Soviet Union the countries of Central Asia have been increasingly strengthening their economic ties with China.

China in Central Asia is a Google Map that highlights some of the examples of China’s economic involvement in the area, particularly in energy, precious metals, and other natural resources. Users of the map can click on countries to read an overview of that country’s economic and political ties with China and click on the map markers to read about individual projects. 

The map is an interesting insight into China’s growing influence in the region and the map sidebar includes links to the International Crisis Group’s report into China’s Central Asia Problem.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/f8fVPItOq24/the-growth-of-china-on-google-maps.html

The Google Maps of the Week

Category: Google Maps | Mar 17, 2013



Propublica
has created an excellent Google Map to show the locations of homes and
businesses that have received Small Business Administration disaster
loans following superstorm Sandy.

There is a lot going on in this map. Not only does the the map show the
locations of the loan recipients but also overlays flood elevation
data on the map so that users can see where loan recipients are most at
risk of future flooding.

The map sidebar provides links to zoom the map to specific businesses,
counties and towns. When you select a county there is a very nice effect
where the county is outlined on the map and displayed in a lighter
color.



Birdplot is a really easy to use application that allows anyone to generate an animated heat map of a Twitter hashtag.

If you enter a hashtag term into Birdplot and select a date range you
can automatically create an animated heat map that shows when and where
people have tweeted about the topic. For
example at the moment you could use Birdplot to show where and when
people are tweeting ‘#pope’.

Creating a heat map with Birdplot literally takes a few seconds. All you
need to do is enter a hashtag and a date range. The screenshot above is
of a heat map I created showing tweets mentioning ‘#SXSW’. 



Portmanteau.ro
has created a nice mapped visualisation that allows users to visualise
just how huge Bucharest’s Centrul Civic really is by displaying its outline over any other location on Google Maps.

In order to convey the huge scale of the city’s communist urban planning
Portmanteau.ro allows users to see what the Centrul Civic would look
like if it was built in their own towns. For example, in the screenshot
above I’ve attempted to see what the visual effect would be if we
replaced San Francisco’s wasted empty spaces in the Golden Gate Park
with a huge redevelopment of communist concrete buildings.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/7V_IUR14-3o/the-google-maps-of-week_17.html

The Anagram Map of the World

Category: Google Maps | Mar 16, 2013



Reddit user Zapmeister created this Anagram Map of the World. On the map all the country names have been changed into anagrams, for example the United States of America has become ‘Defecation Traumatises’. I can’t mention here what Afghanistan has become.




One World from the ISS is a map of photographs of Earth taken from on-board the International Space Station.

The images on the map are only thumbnails but if your click on the thumbnail images you can view the photos in full-size as they were posted on Twitter.



The Common Senses Sound Map from MoMA is a sound map of recordings made by the public. Anyone can contribute a sound to the map by using the Soundcloud app (available on both iOS and Android).

Users of the map can click on any of the map markers and listen to the submitted sound recording directly from the map.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/nfz_x-HOsC8/the-anagram-map-of-world.html

A World of Fonts on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Mar 15, 2013



Fontly is a smartphone app that allows users to capture, map, and explore the world of vintage typography as seen on street signs, advertisements and in stores.

The Fontly website consists of a nice Google Map on which you can explore the fonts submitted to Fontly. Users can search the map by location or by photo tags. 


London Typographica aims to photographically record publicly available lettering and type throughout London.

The London Typographica iPhone app allows users to take pictures of
fonts that they find out on the streets of London and post them to a
Google Map. The map itself is a wonderful guide to the fonts used in
street signs, on shop-fronts and in graffiti around the capital city.

If you click on a map marker on the map the submitted photograph of a found font appears in the map sidebar.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/07WoesArIXo/a-world-of-fonts-on-google-maps.html

Worldwide Air Quality on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Mar 15, 2013



The Air Quality Egg Map is a map showing real-time readings of air quality around the world.

The Air Quailty Egg is a small affordable device that anyone can buy to monitor the air quality where they live. The Egg can be connected to the internet via Pachube, which stores and provides free access to the data.

The Air Quality Egg Map uses the data from Pachube to show the locations of Air Quality Eggs and allows users to check real-time air quality at locations worldwide.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/cM73szjhIl4/worldwide-air-quality-on-google-maps.html

Happy Birthday John Snow

Category: Google Maps | Mar 15, 2013



Today marks the 200th year of the birth of British physician John Snow.

Snow is most famous for his dot map of cholera cases in London’s Soho. In 1854 Snow plotted the deaths caused by cholera in the area and the location of eleven water pumps used by the locals. The distribution of the dots helped Snow discover that cholera occurred most frequently among those who drank from the Broad Street water pump.

Snow’s map helped to disprove the then popular theory that diseases such as cholera and bubonic plague were air borne and spread by ‘bad air’.


CartoDB has used Google Maps to create a modern take on Snow’s 1854 dot map. CartoDB’s map uses larger sized dots to indicate the number of deaths at each location rather than individuals dots for each death.

If you want to create your own map from John Snow’s data then have a look at Robin’s Blog. Robin Wilson has mapped John Snow’s data onto an Ordnance Survey map and also made the data available via Google Fusion Tables.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/GCBA1UqJj1M/happy-birthday-john-snow.html

Sandy SBA Disaster Loans on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Mar 14, 2013



Propublica has created an excellent Google Map to show the locations of homes and businesses that have received Small Business Administration disaster loans following superstorm Sandy.

Propublica claim that at least 10,500 of the homes and businesses approved for SBA disaster loans are in FEMA’s new advisory flood zones and are therefore at risk from future flooding. The map shows the locations of the loan recipients and the also overlays flood elevation data on the map so that users can see where loan recipients are most at risk of flooding.

The map sidebar provides links to zoom the map to specific businesses, counties and towns. When you select a county there is a very nice effect where the county is outlined on the map and displayed in a lighter color.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Lf1JF8GM_iI/sandy-sba-disaster-loans-on-google-maps.html

1940’s Montreal on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Mar 14, 2013



Catbus has created an application that allows you to view 1947 aerial imagery of down-town Montreal on Google Maps.

Using the map it possible to compare the 1947 aerial imagery with Google’s satellite view. You can view the map in full-screen mode here

Also See

Neighborhood Change in Connecticut – historical aerial imagery of Connecticut
The New Jersey State Atlas – aerial photography of New Jersey from the 1930’s
Old Maps of Moscow – a  large collection of historical maps and aerial imagery of the Russian capital

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/ANLSHjA2d8E/1940s-montreal-on-google-maps.html

Art in Scotland on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Mar 14, 2013



GRID provides a concise Google Maps based guide to Glasgow and Edinburgh’s rich cultural landscape.

The Glasgow Art Map and the Edinburgh Art Map both contain updated listings of art events in each city. Upcoming art events are displayed in the sidebar of each map and the locations of the events are displayed on the map. The sidebar contains dates and a brief description of each event and the map information window provides a link to the event or venue’s website.

If you select an event from the map sidebar, as you would expect, the map scrolls to the relevant location and opens an information window. What I really like on this map is that it also works the other way around. If you select a venue on the map the sidebar scrolls to display the upcoming events at that venue.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/M7e1bVBeOv0/art-in-scotland-on-google-maps.html