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Googe Maps the Corporate World

Category: Google Maps | Jan 31, 2012


Deutsche Telekom’s Worldwide Operations Map is a very nicely designed corporate map. It uses the Google Maps API Styled Maps feature to create a map that complements the colors of the company’s corporate style and website design.

The map shows the scope of Deutsche Telekom’s worldwide operations and lists the names of its companies operating in each country. The map can be searched by location and the information windows provide links to click-through to the country profile pages on the company’s website.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/_nkw3cQ0_HA/googe-maps-corporate-world.html

Updates Announced for UK Crime Map

Category: Google Maps | Jan 30, 2012


The UK government’s official crime map Police.uk, which uses Google Maps to map UK crime, has been visited over 450 million times and is by far and away the most popular UK government website.

Today the UK government announced that from tomorrow users of the maps will be able to get crime statistics for more locations. Currently users can search the map by postcode or by address and get results based on “an anonymous point on or near the road where they (the crimes) occurred.”

As of tomorrow users will be able to search for crimes that have taken place at specific public locations, such as individual railway stations, shopping centres, airports, hospitals, parks and nightclubs etc.

Despite its popularity the map has not been free of criticism. The knowwhere blog posted a good round-up of some of the criticism the website faced in the week of its original release.

The new mapping of public spaces is also proving controversial. For example there are worries that nightclub owners may become much less likely to liaise with local police forces over criminal activity within their establishments if the result is that the clubs are then shown as criminal hotspots on the map.

Today the UK government also announced that from May users of the crime map will be able to see what happened after a crime was committed, what action was taken by the police and whether anyone was eventually convicted for the crime.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/YM2L8tNoDxA/updates-announced-for-uk-crime-map.html

Novel Mapping Projects – Chapter One

Category: Google Maps | Jan 30, 2012


Many authors seem to have a special relationship with particular places. Some cities seem to have become almost inextricably linked with certain author’s bodies of work, whether it be Charles Dickens’ London or James Joyce’s Dublin.

Novels: On Location is a good place to start if you want to find a book set in a specific location. In fact this Google Map acts a great guide for travellers keen to read a novel set in the places visited.

Using the map you can search for a location and find novels that are set there. For example, if you are lucky enough to be able to visit St Petersburg (or you just want to read something set there) you can consult Novels: On Location which recommends you read Dostoevsky’s Crime And Punishment.

Also See

Google Maps Based Stories

  • The 21 Steps – by Charles Cumming is “an adrenaline-fuelled adventure written and designed for Google Maps”
  • Senghor on the Rocks – a German language novel with Google Maps


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/5SRTstt0fyw/novel-mapping-projects-chapter-one.html

Chilean Executions Mapped

Category: Google Maps | Jan 30, 2012


Ejecuciones en Chile entre septiembre y diciembre de 1973 is a powerful and poignant animated map visualisation of people executed by the Chilean military dictatorship between September 11 and December 31, 1973. The map animates through a time-line of the executions geo-locating those murdered by place of death or where the body was discovered.

As well as providing an animated time-line of the executions the map can be browsed by location, date of death, cause of death and by the name of individual victims of the Chilean dictatorship.

The data for the map comes from Servicio Médico Legal.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/h_fqreXbLcM/chilean-executions-mapped.html

Google Maps: Weekly Round-Up

Category: Google Maps | Jan 29, 2012


Google was very busy last week, with the launch of Street View in South Korea and the release of fresh 45° imagery in 24 cities on Google Maps.

Google Hotel Finder also started experimenting with an isochrone layer that allows users to search for hotels within a defined travelling time of a location.

Elsewhere I was impressed with the use of Google Fusion Tables in Google Maps by two newspapers.


Both the Edmonton Journal and Global News released election related maps powered by Fusion Tables.

Both maps include selectable layers and a dynamic legend. If you want to know how to create a dynamic legend with Fusion Tables and Google Maps then you should dive into the code in this Fusion Tables API Example Map.


The New York World also produced an excellent Google Maps based visualisation of the Proposed New York Senate Districts.

This visualisation of the proposed rezoning works brilliantly in map form, not only because of the obvious geographic nature of creating new senate districts but because the map perfectly illustrates the disparity in the population sizes between the up-state and down-state proposed districts.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/2AB9DCD-o0I/google-maps-weekly-round-up.html

Brisbane’s CityBikes on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 28, 2012


City Cycle NOW! is a real-time Google Map of the number of bikes currently available at each of Brisbane’s CityCycle bike stations.

The official CityCycle website also uses Google Maps to show the location of bike stations in the city. However to find out the number of bikes available at individual stations on the CityCycle map involves clicking on the station’s map marker.

City Cycle NOW! on the other hand uses a coloured map marker system to show stations with no bikes (red), stations with only a few bikes available (orange) and stations with more than five bikes (green).


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/eWa8tXBzJ-E/brisbanes-citybikes-on-google-maps.html

Neighborhoods Reviewed with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 28, 2012


StreetAdvisor is a well thought out website that helps people to find great streets, neighborhoods and cities to live, based on the opinions of the people who actually live there.

Using StreetAdvisor it is possible to search for a city, neighborhood or individual street and read local reviews of the area, find out what kind of people already live there and get an overview of the pros and cons of the area.

When you search for a location the area is shown and highlighted on a Google Map. When you search for a city, map markers provide links to the StreetAdvisor pages for individual neighborhoods in the city. If you search for a neighborhood the markers provide links to the StreetAdvisor page of individual streets.

StreetAdvisor also allows individuals to ask specific questions about a location. So if you want to know what the average rent is, whether the area is safe or child friendly etc you can ask the question on StreetAdvisor and get answers from people who know the area well.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/ego2YERpTfk/neighborhoods-reviewed-with-google-maps.html

The Forgotten Poland on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 27, 2012


Forgotten.pl is a Polish website dedicated to abandoned buildings, rail-roads, underground tunnels, castles, military sites and any other locations that have long been neglected.

The site has a huge database of user submitted abandoned locations. If you are keen to explore the abandoned Poland it is probably best to explore the site using the category filter. Each category (buildings, military, castles etc) has its own Google Map that allows users to search for individual entries by location.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/q6CNTafuHaY/forgotten-poland-on-google-maps.html

Gerrymandering Shown with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 27, 2012


The New York World has produced an excellent Google Maps based visualisation of the Proposed New York Senate Districts.

This visualisation of the proposed rezoning works brilliantly in map form, not only because of the obvious geographic nature of creating new senate districts but because the map perfectly illustrates the disparity in the population sizes between upstate and downstate proposed districts.

The large red area to the north on the map shows that these proposed districts will each have a smaller population than the blue districts to the south of the map in New York City. In effect New York City voters will count for less than their up-state neighbors.

As The New York World states this “regional discrepancy is crucial to Republicans’ efforts to preserve their narrow control of the Senate”.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/nlHiOcSubbU/gerrymandering-shown-with-google-maps.html

Ontario Election Results on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 26, 2012


Global News has created a series of Google Maps to visualise the 2011 Ontario election results.

Ontario Election Maps shows the results of 24,094 polls in six maps: plurality winner by poll, voter turnout and the four parties’ results looked at in isolation. Each map shows a heat map of the results and you can click on individual electoral wards to view the results at that location.

The map can be searched by address or postal codes. A number of links, above the map, will take you to 14 regional views.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/MmxkQr6PQWs/ontario-election-results-on-google-maps.html