News > Google Maps


How Well Do you Know the World?

Category: Google Maps | Nov 13, 2017

It’s always good to start a new working week with a relaxing but educational map guessing game. Outline Maps is a Leaflet.js based series of map games which tests your geographical knowledge of the countries of the world and their capitals.

Outline Maps consists of two different types of game. The ‘Find by name’ games require you to point out named locations on a map of the world. The ‘Find by

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/0-OAxXVzR9U/how-well-do-you-know-world.html

21 New World Heritage Sites

Category: Google Maps | Nov 11, 2017

In July UNESCO announced that 21 new sites around the world have been given World Heritage status. The new sites include the first locations in Angola and Eritrea to be given World Heritage status and many other places of special cultural and natural significance across the globe.

You can explore all of these new locations on Esri’s story map the 21 Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Using

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Pf5iB1j1r5U/21-new-world-heritage-sites.html

Americans With Honor

Category: Google Maps | Nov 10, 2017

On Tuesday Syria agreed to sign the Paris climate agreement. When that happens every country in the world will have signed up to the Paris Accord. Unfortunately that world also includes Donald Trump.

Obviously the Paris Accord only has a chance of succeeding if all those countries honor what they signed up for. So does Donald Trump have any honor? Apparently not-  as he is threatening to

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/J7KE5kWcohU/americans-with-honor.html

How Green is Your Valley?

Category: Google Maps | Nov 10, 2017

Under 6% of all the land in the UK is built on. Over half of the land is farmland and around a third of the land is natural.

The BBC has released a new map tool which can tell you how land is used in your Local Authority Area. Just enter a postcode into the BBC’s How much of your area is built on? and you can view a map of your LEA which shows what land is built on, farmland, green urban (

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/KvtEUyQ09-s/how-green-is-your-valley.html

The OS Mapping Toolkit

Category: Google Maps | Nov 9, 2017

The UK’s Ordnance Survey has a released a GeoDataViz Toolkit designed to help map makers ‘communicate data effectively’. It includes colour palettes, map symbols and visual deconstructions. It also includes lot of advice for creating effective visualizations and many links to other helpful resources.

The Basemaps section of the toolkit will probably be of most interest to users of the OS Maps

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/VE_G8Atc1zE/the-os-mapping-toolkit.html

Beyond Cartogram Elections

Category: Google Maps | Nov 9, 2017

Yesterday we looked at some of the visualization methods used by the New York Times to map the election results in the Virginia governor’s race. These methods included using scaled markers, directional arrows and color intensity. The Washington Post has also been experimenting with new visualization techniques for mapping the Virginia election results.

In How Virginia went from blue to red and

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/CiyX2fSLIDk/beyond-cartogram-elections.html

From Africa to Europe – Refugee Journeys

Category: Google Maps | Nov 9, 2017

More than 5,000 refugees died last year trying to get to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat – Mapping and Documenting Migratory Journeys and Experiences is an international research project, led by the University of Warwick, which carried out 257 in-depth qualitative interviews with people who have made this journey.

The project has released an

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/OXiWPfcRYss/from-africa-to-europe-refugee-journeys.html

US Election Results

Category: Google Maps | Nov 8, 2017

The New York Times has mapped out the results of yesterday’s elections in Virginia, New York and New Jersey. For these election results the newspaper has used the Mapbox GL mapping platform and provided users with a variety of different visualizations of each result.

The default view on the mapped results provides a simple choropleth view of the results in each county. This default view of the

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Dx6yT1-CRnk/us-election-results.html

California Air Quality

Category: Google Maps | Nov 7, 2017

In June of this year Google and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) released an interactive map of air quality in Oakland, California. The map was the result of a collaboration between EDF and Google.

For this collaboration Google’s Street View cars were equipped with sensors to measure nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide and black carbon as they drove the streets, while also capturing the

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/QN_Wvig38-I/california-air-quality.html

Controlling the Weather

Category: Google Maps | Nov 7, 2017

Geoengineers never watch disaster movies. If they did then they obviously wouldn’t keep trying to change the climate and weather. From seeding clouds with silver iodide (in order to increase precipitation) to using algae to consume CO2 many scientists seem keen to control the environment. What could possibly go wrong?

The Geoengineering Monitor is attempting to track and monitor attempts to

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/voeo8Kz28zE/controlling-weather.html