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Where to Find Your Canadian Spouse

Category: Google Maps | Sep 21, 2012



Global News continues its detailed analysis of the 2011 Canadian Census.

An article, Single in the City, looks at the number of unmarried people in different neighbourhoods in Canadian cities.The accompanying Google Map allows the user to enter an address or postcode and select the age and gender of the unmarried population. The map then zooms to your entered location and displays a heat map based on the 2011 census.

If you want to take a more detailed look at the census returns in your neighbourhood then head straight to the Global News 2011 Census Maps. Here you can search a Google Map for the number of unmarried individuals but also select from a large number of other demographic data.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Ne3laRGxqD8/where-to-find-your-canadian-spouse.html

Beneath the Oceans, Amongst the Stars

Category: Google Maps | Sep 21, 2012

The use of Google Maps is probably the least interesting aspect of this application but I love it anyway. Seafloor Explorer is a crowd-sourced effort to identify species and ground cover in images of the seafloor.

The application presents an image of the seafloor and asks the user to identify the ground cover and any species that are present in the image. The crowd-sourced results will then help create a library of seafloor life in the habitats along the northeast continental shelf.

When the user has finished classifying the species in the image a still satellite image from Google Maps / Google Earth is displayed showing the location of the section of sea floor that has just been classified.

If this crowd-sourced based approach to classifying images strikes you as being rather familiar then you might not be surprised to learn that it is from the same team behind Galaxy Zoo.

Galaxy Zoo wants your help in classifying galaxies from images taken by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Hubble Space Telescope.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/cl2K5U6OsS8/beneath-oceans-amongst-stars.html

Personalised Walking Routes on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Sep 21, 2012

TouristPath is a handy Google Maps based app for finding nearby points of interest, restaurants and hotels and for generating customised walking routes.

If you enter a location into TouristPath the map will centre on the location and add nearby points of interest.

The markers displayed on the map can be refined by category (nature, historical, World Heritage sites, places of worship, hotels and restaurants) and by a number of subcategories.

If you click on the ‘Days’ option TouristPath will also display a suggested walking route taking in many of the most interesting points of interest. So, for example, if you are only interested in visiting museums and cathedrals you can select those options and generate a walk that takes in interesting museums and cathedrals.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/5PSjZ31lYbw/personalised-walking-routes-on-google.html

How to Use Apple Maps – Updated

Category: Google Maps | Sep 20, 2012


How to use Apple Maps

  1. Pull up the page fold on the bottom right of the map
  2. Select ‘Report a Problem

Alternatively you can report your problems to The Amazing iOS 6 Maps Tumblr site.

I actually heard a funny variation on this in the pub this evening, that went.

How do you use Apple Maps?

  1. Pull over
  2. Wind down the window
  3. Ask for directions


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/tztSm7TH8w0/how-to-use-apple-maps.html

Time to Forage with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Sep 20, 2012



Mundraub is a German application for sharing the location of fruit trees and other edible plants on common land.

At the heart of Mundraub is a Google Map showing where you can find wild edible fruits and plants. The markers are categorised by type of fruit, berry, nut or herb. There are 29 specific markers for different edible plants or fruits and users can select to view any of the specific fruit’s marker on the map. So if you want to find the locations of only apple trees you can select it’s marker (beneath the map) and then select ‘Show only apfel’.

It is also possible to show the locations of nearby cafes, gardens, cideries and hotels on the map.

Concrete Jungle – Food Map is a similar map showing the locations of edible plants and fruits in the Atlanta area.

Concrete Jungle use the map to help pick fruits, nuts, and vegetables throughout Atlanta and the surrounding areas and donate as much of the harvest as possible to organizations serving Atlanta’s poor and hungry.

Also See

  • Grow Local- A Google Map that lists public foraging plants which also caters for swapping and trading produce locally.
  • Forage.rs
    is a collaborative map of edible and useful wild plants worldwide.
    Plants added to the map are linked to information about how they can be
    used, including photographs, stories, and recipes added by users. 
  • Neighborhoodfruit is a crowdsourced map of fruit trees on public land in the U.S.. It is possible to search the map by zipcode. 
  • Urban Edibles – This crowdsourced map can help you find wild food sources in Portland, Oregon.

    Boise’s Urban Foods Map – If you live in Boise then consult this Google Map to find your nearest foraging locations.

    Urban Edibles – a collaborative map of wild edible plants and fruits in Amsterdam. 


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/bVHtDFupEo0/time-to-forage-with-google-maps.html

How to Use Apple Maps

Category: Google Maps | Sep 20, 2012


How to use Apple Maps

  1. Pull up the page fold on the bottom right of the map
  2. Select ‘Report a Problem


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/tztSm7TH8w0/how-to-use-apple-maps.html

Click & Drag – It’s a Big World

Category: Google Maps | Sep 19, 2012

Today’s xkcd strip is pretty amazing. The strip, ‘Click and Drag’, includes one frame (the last big one) which is interactive in the style of on-line slippy maps. If you click and drag the strip around you will discover a very huge world lies beneath the limited frame of this comic strip.

The only thing missing from the image to make it an online map is zoom controls. This means that it isn’t possible to zoom out on the strip and zoom in quickly on a different area of the image.

I obviously wasn’t the only person to think it would be a great idea to create an actual map from the last frame of the xkcd strip. Earlier today I came across xkcd Map, a quick hack that lets you view the whole image with the Google Maps API. Being just a quick hack the developer didn’t create map tiles for the image so unfortunately you can’t zoom in and appreciate the finer details (such as the speech bubbles).

This xkcd 1110 map uses ESRI maps and works a little better.You can actually zoom in anywhere in the image and appreciate fully the true genius of Randall Munroe. However the best map is this Leaflet powered map, xkcd Map-Rent-a-Geek.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/tUF0CR66T30/click-drag-its-big-world.html

Who’s Protesting Where

Category: Google Maps | Sep 19, 2012


The Daily Beast has created a Google Map to try and keep track of the recent protests around the world sparked by the release of an anti-Muslim video .

Who’s Protesting Where provides a guide to recent protests in the Middle East and Asia. A number of hot-spots are displayed on the map with circular map markers. If you mouse-over a marker an information window opens with more details about the protests held at this location.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/FwlsCNHUozg/whos-protesting-where.html

Finding Photos Around a Location

Category: Google Maps | Sep 19, 2012



Worldcam is a handy application that helps you find Instagram submitted photographs around any location.

Finding photos with Worlcam involves a simple two stage search. First you enter a town or city name and then you enter a venue. Worldcam uses the Foursquare API to find venues, so it therefore has pretty extensive coverage around the world.

After you have entered your two search criteria Worldcam displays a small Google Map showing the location of the venue and displays the latest submitted Instagram photographs from that venue. Worldcam also displays a list of trending locations for the town or city that you searched for.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Nl_buXwOsX8/finding-photos-around-location.html

Dutch Census Data on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Sep 18, 2012

NRC Handelsblad is a Google Map of demographic data about the Netherlands. The map allows the user to view various categories of demographic data down to street level throughout the country.

The map provides a number of heat-map overlays that can be viewed on top of the map to visualise demographic data in a number of categories. The data that can be visualised includes the number of immigrants, over 65’s, children under 14 years, households with children and the ratio of males / females.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Xk1GotunvgY/dutch-census-data-on-google-maps.html