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How the Police Track Ordinary Citizens

Category: Google Maps | Sep 14, 2016

When the police chat to an innocent citizen on the street or speak to someone that they believe may be acting suspiciously they complete field interview or contact cards to document the encounter. One result of this practice is that citizens who have never broken the law are documented in police databases. This data can then be used to keep a record of their movements, habits and acquaintances.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/9hnfXAvceZQ/how-police-track-ordinary-citizens.html

Map to the Stars

Category: Google Maps | Sep 14, 2016

The European Space Agency’s Star Mapper is a map of 59,921 stars from the Hipparcos Catalogue. ESA’s Hipparcos undertook the first space mission entirely dedicated to astronomy. During its mission Hipparcos measured the position, motion and distance of more than 100,000 stars.

One cool feature of the Star Mapper is the ‘Motion’ animation. If you select the Motion option you can view an

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/B1GOkIXxm_Q/map-to-stars.html

America Doesn’t Swing Any More

Category: Google Maps | Sep 13, 2016

The Guardian believes that politics in the United States has become so polarized that the number of swing states is becoming less and less. Historically a large number of states were likely to switch between Republican and Democratic presidential candidates from one election year to the next.

In 1980 Ronald Reagan won 44 of 50 states, with 17 states switching political allegiance since the

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/BUgrLh-3eBw/america-doesnt-swing-any-more.html

Toronto’s Air Pollution Map

Category: Google Maps | Sep 13, 2016

The INHALE – Fresh Air Finder is a new interactive map showing air pollution readings in Toronto. Using the map you can view details of air quality measurements in Toronto neighborhoods.

The data for the map comes from a team of volunteers, wearing mobile air particulate monitoring equipment to measure air quality throughout the city. You can find out more about the mobile monitoring equipment

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/6nPqlxbFaD8/torontos-air-pollution-map.html

The Octocat Map

Category: Google Maps | Sep 13, 2016

Last year Esri created an interactive map showing the percentage of GitHub users in UK cities. You can now view a map showing the popularity of GitHub around the world.

Where is GitHub most popular in the UK shows the percentage of the population using GitHub in different UK
cities. What I most liked about this UK map was the use of scaled Octocat map markers to visualize the percentage of

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/F6KqK6YjXc8/the-octocat-map.html

Fall Foliage Maps

Category: Google Maps | Sep 12, 2016

As summer fades into Autumn in the northern hemisphere it’s time for the return of the annual Fall Foliage Prediction Map. This map from Smoky Mountains predicts the best time to experience Fall across the United States.

The map includes a timeline which allows you to to view the national Fall colors by week from August until the middle of November. The colors on the map provide a handy guide

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/6BFwJNTdjqs/as-summer-fades-into-autumn-in-northern.html

Category: Google Maps | Sep 12, 2016

As summer fades into Autumn in the northern hemisphere it’s time for the return of the annual Fall Foliage Prediction Map. This map from Smoky Mountains predicts the best time to experience Fall across the United States.

The map includes a timeline which allows you to to view the national Fall colors by week from August until the middle of November. The colors on the map provide a handy guide

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/6BFwJNTdjqs/as-summer-fades-into-autumn-in-northern.html

Monday’s Map Games

Category: Google Maps | Sep 12, 2016

It’s always a good idea to ease your way into the working week by spending a little time playing a fun map game. So let’s start this Monday with Posio, a multi-player geography game.

Posio is very similar to a lot of other games built with interactive maps. You are given the name of a city and all you have to do is click where you think the city is on a map of the world. However what makes

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/GL3JdbZQtEA/mondays-map-games.html

A Glimpse into Tokyo’s Past

Category: Google Maps | Sep 12, 2016

Retroscope is a fascinating insight into Tokyo’s history glimpsed through historical aerial views of the city. This interactive map presents a collection of aerial views of the city dating back to 1945.

The map uses a magnifying lens control to allow you to view historical aerial imagery of Tokyo overlaid on a modern map of the city. You can also select to view a vintage 1880 map of Tokyo

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/OvYyMEdDJgg/a-glimpse-into-tokyos-past.html

Maps of the Week – China

Category: Google Maps | Sep 11, 2016

This Maps of the Week round-up has a distinct Chinese flavor. China’s diplomatic and territorial pursuits in the South China Sea and in the Pacific have been explored this week in two well designed interactive maps.

China has provided over $1.9 billion in aid to Pacific Island countries in the last ten years. You can view how much Pacific Island countries have received in aid from China on

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/eS8J6WsmuU0/maps-of-week-china.html