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Your Mapper Adds Heat Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jul 6, 2012

Your Mapper has added some exciting new features to it’s mapped data visualisation application.

Your Mapper provides an easy to use application that allows users to create and visualise data on a Google Map and embed the created map in a website or blog. Your Mapper has used the new HeatMaps layer in the Google Maps API to add a new option to view data as a heat map on a Google Map (for example the screenshot above shows a heat map of greenhouse gas emissions in the USA).

One really cool feature of Your Mapper is that you can visualise data added by other users. So using the links in the map sidebar you can view heat maps for lots of different data sets, from the density of nursing homes to the locations of catholic churches in the USA.

Your Mapper has also added a number of other interesting features such as the option to view a transit layer, a global cloud coverage layer and has also implemented a new muted map style which helps to emphasise the data added to the map.


Transit Tweets on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jul 5, 2012

Transid’s RER Tweet Map is a heat map of over 4,000 Tweets in Paris that mention the RER (Paris’ rapid transit system).

The map uses the new HeatMap layer in the Google Maps API. This visualisation of the Tweets quickly reveals that (maybe unsurprisingly) that many people mention RER when they are at a station or when on a train.

The map includes a number of options that allow you to adjust the display of the HeatMap layer on the map. The Google Maps API gives developer options to adjust the radius of data points, the opacity of the layer and the colors used. Transid’s RER Tweet Map has created buttons to allow the users to change these elements themselves to adjust how the heat map displays on the map.


Where Can I Fly?

Category: Google Maps | Jul 5, 2012

If you are planning a vacation and are wondering how far your budget can get you then you should try Flocations.

Using Flocations it is possible to discover which flights are available and to which destinations for a set price. Just use the slider control to enter how much you want to pay for your flight, enter your available dates and select your departure airport from the drop-down menu.

After you have entered an airport and a budget all the available flights in your budget are displayed on the map. If you select a destination shown on the map you can then view the flight details and click on a link to book your seat.

At the moment Flocation only works for a number of South East Asian and Australian airports but new airports and destinations are being added to the application all the time.


The 1812 War on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jul 5, 2012

In 1812 the United States of America declared war on the United Kingdom thereby beginning the War of 1812.

Brock University has put together an interactive display of geo-referenced historical maps examining some of the invasions of Upper and Lower Canada.

The War of 1812 in Maps allows the user to view historical maps of locations of significant battlefield sites and compare them to the current landscape.

The application overlays the historical battlefield maps on top of Google Earth (using the Google Earth plug-in). The user can navigate to the maps by using the links in the map sidebar. It is also possible to adjust the transparency of each map by using a map transparency slide control.


Triposo – Your Worldwide Travel Guide

Category: Google Maps | Jul 4, 2012

Triposo is a worldwide travel guide that seamlessly pulls in travel related content from sources across the web.

Using information from sources such as Wikitravel, Wikipedia, TouristEye, and Flickr Triposo is able to provide travel guides for countries and cities throughout the world. The guides provide a complete overview of things to see and do, places to eat and to go out, all ordered by relevance from the traveler’s perspective.

Google Maps are used throughout Triposo to help you find the correct guide for the country, city or neighborhood that you require.

Triposo is available for both Android phones, iPhones and the iPad.


Access Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jul 4, 2012

AXS Map is a new tool for searching and reviewing the accessibility of shops, restaurants and all kinds of buildings.

You can search AXS Map for accessible venues by searching for a type of venue and a location, e.g. restaurants in New York. The results of each search are then displayed on a Google Map. Venues that have already been reviewed for their accessibility are displayed on the map with a Green map marker.

If you click on a reviewed venue you can

find out if the building has a wide entry and if it has ramped access. You can also discover whether the restrooms are accessible. AXS Map is a crowd-sourced platform so users can also contribute their own reviews of a venue’s accessibility.

Rick Hansen’s Global Accessibility Map is a Google Map designed to crowd-source reviews on the mobility accessibility of buildings and public spaces worldwide.

the map it is possible to search for accessible buildings worldwide.
The buildings are categorised into ‘restaurants’, ‘theatre / cultural’,
‘museums’, ‘hotels’ etc and each building is reviewed using a 5 star

Users can add their own reviews of buildings by logging
in with their Facebook account or registering with the Global
Accessibility Map.

Access Israel is a
nongovernmental, non-profit organisation that promotes disabled
accessibility in Israel. The organisation’s website features a great Google Map
that features businesses that are accessible throughout the country.

Users of the map can search for accessible buildings by location or by type (e.g. sports facilities, shops, restaurants).


Sydney’s Historical Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jul 3, 2012

The Dictionary of Sydney has put on-line a collection of historical maps, The Atlas of the Suburbs of Sydney. The Atlas is a series of maps of Sydney created by map makers Higinbotham, Robinson and Harrison in the late-nineteenth-century.

You can view each of the maps overlaid on Google Maps by selecting the ‘full record’ link provided with each map (click on a map image, then select ‘full record’). Once the map loads you can use the familiar Google Maps navigation tools to explore the historical Higinbotham, Robinson and Harrison map in detail.

Via: All Things Spatial


Crowdsourcing Neighborhood Boundaries

Category: Google Maps | Jul 3, 2012

Bostonography is running a project to find out where Bostonians believe their neighborhood boundaries lie.

The project is using a Google Maps tool which allows participants to draw on a Google Map where they think Boston neighborhood boundaries run. This has allowed Bostonography to create a map of all the amalgamated responses so far.

The results for each neighborhood are also being analysed to see which neighborhood boundaries participants have a strong agreement about and to highlight areas where there are contradictory opinions about which neighborhood they belong to.


Share Feelings & Memories with Street View

Category: Google Maps | Jul 3, 2012

Flog – Feel, Log & Share is a new social network that lets users add comments to their favourite places using Google Maps Street View.

After you log into Flog with a Facebook or Google account you can easily add messages to locations around the world. The application uses Google Maps to show you all the comments already added by other Flog users.

To add your own location you just need to drop a pin on the map where you wish to add a message. Where Street View is available you can select a Street View and pan the panorama to the view you wish to comment on. You can then add your comment to the view.

Flog is a great way to share childhood memories, your feelings about a location or to just share your favourite locations with your friends.


The Australian Census on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jul 2, 2012

The SBS – Census Explorer is a data exploration tool visualising the key demographic indicators from Australia’s 2011 Census.

The tool allows users to explore the census data in a number of different ways. Google Maps are used throughout the Explore Languages section of the Explorer to visualise the locations of the 579 different languages spoken throughout Australia.

Using a drop-down menu it is possible to select an individual language. A heat map of where that language is spoken is then displayed on the map. It is possible to click on individual census tracts to get the exact number of the language’s speakers at that location.