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Cartography, maps, spacial visualizations that help us navigate or are simply notable for their beauty.
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The top 20 data visualisation tools

The top 20 data visualisation tools | Beautiful Maps | Scoop.it

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...

A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and \you may have installed already...


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Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:33 PM

This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

National Microscope Exchange's comment, February 18, 2015 12:00 AM
Superb Article
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World travel and communications recorded on Twitter

Green is physical movement from place to place; purple is @replies from someone in one location to someone in another; combining to white where there is both. Reported trips to Null Island excluded; all other geotags trusted.
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Subway Map Visualization jQuery Plugin

Subway Map Visualization jQuery Plugin | Beautiful Maps | Scoop.it

Anyone should be able to create a beautiful, interactive subway map visualization for their website using HTML markup. The map should be as faithful as possible to the London Underground map style with smooth curves and interchange connectors and 45-degree diagonals.The map size, line width and colors should all be customizable. Stations, interchanges and linked interchanges should be distinguishable from each other. The markup used to create the map should be search engine friendly

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Root Simple: SunCalc: A Sun Trajectory Calculator

Root Simple: SunCalc: A Sun Trajectory Calculator | Beautiful Maps | Scoop.it

SunCalc is a little app that shows sun movement and sunlight phases during the given day at the given location.
You can see sun positions at sunrise (yellow), specified time (orange) and sunset (red). The thin orange curve is the current sun trajectory, and the yellow area around is the variation of sun trajectories during the year. The closer a point is to the center, the higher is the sun above the horizon. The colors on the time slider above show sunlight coverage during the day.

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Scribble Maps

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Scribble Maps is the quick and easy way to rapidly make and share maps! With Scribble Maps you can: - Draw shapes and Scribble! - Pace Markers and text - Create a Custom Widget - Save as KML/GPX - Send maps to friends

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Shannon Rankin | Colossal

Shannon Rankin | Colossal | Beautiful Maps | Scoop.it

installations, collages and drawings that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy...

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Stunning Satellite Images

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Felix Pharand Deschenes's satellite images of Earth show roads, air traffic, cities at night, and internet cables.
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Book By Its Cover » Maps

Book By Its Cover » Maps | Beautiful Maps | Scoop.it

When you try to think of design celebrities (currently living), there aren’t too many to name. I think of “design celebrity” as someone who is acclaimed in the design world, who might also have recognition outside of design culture. Maira Kalman, Steven Heller, Todd Oldham and Paula Scher would be my picks. What do you think? I heard Paula Scher give a lecture once and it was the most inspiring talk I’ve seen. She was smart and tough and honest and the breadth of her work was immaculate. One of the topics she spoke about was doing self driven projects that you love like the map paintings she makes. These paintings are enormous, 7ft x 12ft enormous! Each is full of colorful insanely packed names of the countries, cities, boundaries, and areas making an explosion of gorgeous lettering filling the canvas.

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