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40 Maps That Explain The Internet

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The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.


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Well Connected Mom's curator insight, August 22, 2014 8:04 PM

Curious how the Internet started?  These maps of servers show the progression.

Coolwired's curator insight, August 31, 2014 10:04 AM

This informative site sheds light on the pervasive workings of the Internet.

Mel Leggatt's curator insight, November 20, 2014 11:36 AM

A really excellent visual resource for understanding how the Internet has and continues to evolve.

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The Urban Observatory: A New Way To Compare Cities, From The Creator Of TED

The Urban Observatory: A New Way To Compare Cities, From The Creator Of TED | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it
This giant installation and a website you can play with at home lets you compare the worlds urban centers side by side.

We live in a world of easily accessible maps; however, our map knowledge is limited by the fact that no two cities collect data the same way. Maps often aren’t drawn to the same scale, and until now, there hasn’t been a way to compare data on things like income, cost of living, water distribution, and power grids.

It’s a problem that has bugged Richard Saul Wurman, the creator of the TED conference (as well as an architect and graphic designer), for decades.

Wurman recently teamed up with Jon Kamen of Radical Media and Esri president Jack Dangermond to create an ambitious solution: the Urban Observatory, an immersive exhibit featuring standardized comparative data on over 16 cities. Zoom in on one city map and other cities will simultaneously zoom in at the same scale, making it possible to compare data on traffic density, vegetation, residential land use, and so on.


Find more details and information at the article link...


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Subway Maps Of Cities Around The World Redesigned In A Circular Format

Subway Maps Of Cities Around The World Redesigned In A Circular Format | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

Mapmaker Max Roberts has created a new way to map out subway lines.  Conventional maps usually emphasize “straight lines, clean angles and geographical accuracy”. Unlike those maps, Roberts’ circular design is a blend of “aesthetics and usability”. 

Roberts discovered this “completely new way of designing maps” when he was designing a map for the London Underground that took into account the circular nature of the Orbital rail link. He realized the potential of the new design in forcing “cities into an unprecedented level of organization” and the coherence achieved. Sacrificing geographical accuracy, his schematic design shows how elements in the map relate to each other logically, while taming the web of criss-crossed lines usually found in subway maps.

View maps of the New York City Subway, the London Underground and the Paris Metro at the article link, or head over to hiswebsite to see more circular maps of other cities. 


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Niki Brown Beck's curator insight, December 5, 2014 9:44 PM

New perspective (transportation)

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World Interactive Map

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Training in Business's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:31 PM

World Interactive Map 

 

Karleen Vaughn's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:20 PM

Saving this for my Social Studies classes ;)

Agueda Fernández's curator insight, January 30, 2014 9:09 AM

Fantástico mapa interactivo muy útil para trabajo en aula.

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Maps of unrealized city plans reveal what might have been

Maps of unrealized city plans reveal what might have been | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

Maps can direct us from here to there, show where one thing is in relation to another, or add layers information to our surroundings. Whatever its form, a map’s main purpose is to make the complex world we live in more comprehensible.

But there are also maps that describe the world as it never came to be.

Those are the maps that interest Andrew Lynch, who runs a Tumblr called Hyperreal Cartography & The Unrealized City that's full of city maps collected from libraries, municipal archives, and dark corners of the internet.

Lynch recently shared a few of his favorite “dream cities” with WIRED’s MapLab...


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Luminous Cities: A New Mapping Project Shows How Events are Tied to Place

Luminous Cities: A New Mapping Project Shows How Events are Tied to Place | hobbitlibrarianscoops | Scoop.it

Take a look at a set of maps that tell encoded stories of politics, natural disasters and social movements.


There are many nice Flickr visualizations of global cities but never anything quite this comprehensive across space and time: Meet Luminous Cities, a creation of the London-based mapping and digital arts firm TraceMedia, built with support from the Centre for Spatial Analysis & Policy at the University of Leeds and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

The project is trying to "uncover the archeology of data traces left by social media" in cities across the globe...


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