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Hot Spots: Mapping the World's Most Photographed Locations

Hot Spots: Mapping the World's Most Photographed Locations | visual data | Scoop.it

Sightsmap forms an aggregation of the most photographed buildings by integrating Google's Panoramio, which allows users to tag a location or attraction within their photo.


In a colorful gradient of purples, reds, and yellows, the website reveals the most photographed places around the globe. Broad patches of purple coincide with a lesser amount of photographs, while smaller clusters of yellow reveal the locations where people can't seem to put their cameras down. Unsurprisingly, the densest areas of yellow are the world's most popular tourist spots − including New York City and cities across Europe such as Istanbul.

Sightsmap is more than just a map of tourist destinations however; it also shows the close connection between architecture and what inspires people to take photos. Sightsmap forms an aggregation of the most photographed buildings by integrating Google's Panoramio, which allows users...

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Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet

Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet | visual data | Scoop.it

It wasn’t malicious. The file itself was the size of a small JPEG. It was given the absolute lowest priority. And it was set to self-destruct if anything went wrong. But this small file allowed one single hacker to measure the Internet activity of nearly half a million connected devices around the world, then share the results with everyone.

How was this even possible? The "hacker" barely hacked anything. In reality, they gained access to all these systems because each had the default "root" set as a password. With this access in hand, they ran several tests focusing on Internet structure and activity. And what they created from all this data is a spectacular map that captures a day in the life of the Internet (and all of its users).

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Sakis Koukouvis's comment, May 11, 2013 3:17 AM
Wonderful
Nacho Vega's curator insight, May 11, 2013 12:18 PM

Creative power: hacking at the end of the world!

 

Using "root" as universal key :))

Kristin Newton's curator insight, May 11, 2013 10:10 PM

The Internet is connecting us day by day in amazing ways.

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Gift Giving Traditions Around the World: Interactive Infographic

Gift Giving Traditions Around the World: Interactive Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

This interactive gift giving map is meant for world travelers, study abroad students, those living in or visiting a foreign country, and anyone with curiosity about cultures, traditions and etiquette standards around the world.

The map specifically covers gift giving traditions in China, India, Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Italy, Sweden, Bolivia, Tibet, Morocco, Russia, Samoa, Israel and the English Commonwealth.


With holidays ranging from Diwali to Christmas and traditions from gifting yogurt to pulling on earlobes, everyone will learn something new.

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Global Design Trends 2011 {An Infographic}

Global Design Trends 2011 {An Infographic} | visual data | Scoop.it
From vintage-themed photographs, to vibrant vector graphics, here's an infographic detailing the top global design trends of the year.

After 8 years, 17 million images and over 200 million downloads, Shutterstock is one of the world’s leading marketplaces for visual media. We have artists and photographers from more than 100 countries, and customers in more than 150. But perhaps most significant about these milestones is that it has led to thousands of image searches each day – giving us valuable insight into design trends around the world.

From vintage-themed photographs, to vibrant vector graphics, here’s an infographic detailing what visual stories were told over the last year.

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The world of Wikipedia's languages mapped

The world of Wikipedia's languages mapped | visual data | Scoop.it
What happens if you map every geotagged Wikipedia article - and then analyse it for language use?

Mark Graham and the team at the Oxford Internet Institute (who've mapped zombies and every geotagged picture on Flickr) decided to find out as part of their research into the state of the internet - and then break it down by different languages.

Graham, who also runs the blogs floatingsheep.org and zerogeography.net looked at Wikipedia in the Middle East, North Africa, and East Africa in the November 2011 versions of the Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, English, French.

Each one of the yellow dots represents the "human effort that has gone into describing some aspect of a place".

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Infographic: Shutterstock’s Global Design Trends 2013

Infographic: Shutterstock’s Global Design Trends 2013 | visual data | Scoop.it
Explore Shutterstock's annual design trends infographic to find out what the biggest trends of the year will be.

Shutterstock licenses more images than anyone on the web, allowing for some pretty insightful trend forecasting.

After creating the first design-trends infographic last year; this year's incorporates increased data and images, and provides a more in-depth look at what to expect in the year ahead.
Check out the full infographic at the article link, then read on for 10 favorite takeaways...

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Minna Kilpeläinen's curator insight, April 13, 2013 11:46 AM

Nice infographic about design trends in different countries. In some way these trends tend to be somewhat predictable.

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A Visualization of Global “Brain Drain” in Science Inspired by Abstract Art

A Visualization of Global “Brain Drain” in Science Inspired by Abstract Art | visual data | Scoop.it

Mapping the global flow of scientific talent by way of Mondrian and Kandinsky.


After their wonderful visual timeline of the future based on famous fiction and visual history of the Nobel Prize, Italian information visualization designer Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat are back with another exclusive English version of a piece originally designed for La Lettura, the Sunday literary supplement of an Italian newspaper— this time exploring the phenomenon of global “brain drain” in science, with an eye towards understanding the reasons why researchers might choose to leave their countries of origin and pursue careers elsewhere.

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Google Maps shows how we spent summer 2012

Google Maps shows how we spent summer 2012 | visual data | Scoop.it

Before we approach the official end of summer on September 21, our Google Maps team thought it’d be fun to see how those of us in the Northern Hemisphere have spent the dog days. To do this, we reviewed the summer search activity on maps.google.com in several countries between the end of May and the beginning of September. Within each country, a look at some of the top-rising searches and the often-searched landmarks on Google Maps gives us a sense of how people around the world spent their summers.

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Visualizations | 7 Billion & Counting

Visualizations | 7 Billion & Counting | visual data | Scoop.it

As the world population grows, its demographic makeup continues to change. In developed nations, longer life expectancy and lower fertility rates have already resulted in aging populations...

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MindTimeMaps.com - Mapping the world of thinking

MindTimeMaps.com - Mapping the world of thinking | visual data | Scoop.it
In only minutes MindTime maps reveal vital information about how thinking shapes our world - as individuals and organizations.

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