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Maps of the Fortnight

Category: Google Maps | Jan 4, 2015

It has been a quiet couple of weeks and, as there was no Maps of the Week post last week, this week we have a Maps of the Fortnight post.

Helsinki Ennen
is a collection of beautiful historical maps and photographs of the Finnish capital. A time-line runs along the bottom of
the map. Select a decade from the time-line and you can view vintage
photographs of Helsinki from that decade overlaid

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/XiUvl-6u7xk/maps-of-fortnight.html

The Bible Map

Category: Google Maps | Jan 4, 2015

The Atlas of Pentecostalism has created a Google Map using a static image of a picture graph of global sales of the Bible. The picture graph itself uses scaled tiles to represent the number of Bible sales and the tiles themselves are organized geographically to create a map of the world.

A picture graph was clearly not the best way to present this data. The height of each tile (not it’s

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/_IZ0BH_65Vg/the-bible-map.html

The International Airport Slideshow Map

Category: Google Maps | Jan 3, 2015

Random Airports is an interesting Google Maps slideshow of international airports. Well – it’s interesting if you like airports or if you are interested in the Google Maps API.

Random Airports animates through satellite views of random international airports. The format of the slideshow isn’t new. David Schmidt’s Chuchichechocha and Paul Rademacher’s Stratocam are two similar Google Maps

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/TVbkV-UmAmM/the-international-airport-slideshow-map.html

The Historical Maps of Japan Collection

Category: Google Maps | Jan 3, 2015

The Zenrin Virtual Museum is a wonderful collection of antique vintage maps of Japan.

The site is in Japanese but navigation is pretty intuitive, so non-Japanese speakers should easily find their way around. The collection is organized by date, so if you select ‘Collections’ the maps are listed in chronological order from top to bottom (with the eldest maps at the top).

The maps themselves

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/oS-5QD3eheg/the-historical-maps-of-japan-collection.html

Mapillary – The Alternative to Street View

Category: Google Maps | Jan 2, 2015

Mapillary, the crowd-sourced alternative to Street View, has recently added a few interesting options to filter the images shown on the Mapillary coverage map by the time of year when photos were taken.

Mapillary is a free to use and crowd-sourced alternative to Google Maps Street View (although the majority of Mapillary photos are not 360 degree panoramas like you find on Google Maps). The

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/4JRXR3zCbvQ/mapillary-alternative-to-street-view.html

Best Vintage Slippy Maps 2014

Category: Google Maps | Jan 2, 2015

This year there has been a number of great examples of vintage historical map collections being digitized and made available online using modern interactive map libraries. Here are a few of my favorite vintage maps released on the web in 2014.

This year the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab released an interactive showcase of the nearly 700 maps in the Atlas of the Historical

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/coS2U1Sholw/best-vintage-slippy-maps-2014.html

Where Can I Fly?

Category: Google Maps | Jan 2, 2015

Schipol Go International is a map of all international destinations that you can fly to from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport.

The use of the Google Maps API styled map feature and custom information windows gives the map a vibrant design. The addition of background sound to the map gets a little annoying but you can turn the sound off. The map also include sound effects for each map interaction,

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/2JSXHHVwFZk/where-can-i-fly.html

Mapping the Anti-ISIS Mission Creep

Category: Google Maps | Jan 1, 2015

The New York Times has created a mapped visualization of the American led air campaign against ISIS during 2014. What started as a limited campaign in August grew as the year progressed and President Obama began to drop references to ‘limited’ and ‘targeted’ strikes and instead talked about the plan to ‘ultimately destroy’ ISIS.

How the Air Campaign Against ISIS Grew uses D3.js to show the

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/HDWHKNPR5lg/mapping-anti-isis-mission-creep.html

The 100 Best Maps of 2014

Category: Google Maps | Dec 31, 2014

The 2014 Maps of the Year is my choice of the best 100 interactive digital maps released this year. It was a hard selection to make and I left off many great maps (and ended up with a final list of 116 maps).

You can filter the list by map provider. A few of the maps use more than one map library, for example they might use Mapbox for the map tiles and Leaflet,js for the display. Unfortunately

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/wZc4ed3y220/the-100-best-maps-of-2014.html

Manifest Destiny Mapping

Category: Google Maps | Dec 30, 2014

In general I’m not a huge fan of cartograms. The distortion of an area on a map by the size of the data usually just ends up confusing my simple brain. However I do like this animated cartogram showing US Population Trends Over The Last 220 Years.

This map shows the size the population in every U.S. state for every decade since 1790. As the animated cartogram plays you can clearly see the

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/d1H9wFQDoBE/manifest-destiny-mapping.html