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Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities

Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities | visual data | Scoop.it

Google Maps has now added London to an impressive roster of 3D-mapped cities that also includes Paris, Rome, New York and Los Angeles. By piecing together 45-degree aerial imagery, the Google mapping team has been able to recreate entire cities.

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Google's Interactive Music Timeline Traces the Popularity of Music Over the Past 60 Years

Google's Interactive Music Timeline Traces the Popularity of Music Over the Past 60 Years | visual data | Scoop.it

Google recently released Music Timeline, a fascinating interactive visualization that traces the popularity of music over the past 60 years.

The visualization can show a comparison of major music genres or you can narrow the focus to an individual genre, subgenre, or even a particular band.

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137 World Landmarks and Other Crazy Google Maps Art

137 World Landmarks and Other Crazy Google Maps Art | visual data | Scoop.it
The Bay Area's Jenny Odell creates maddeningly complex sets of similar structures, like stadiums, nuclear plants and cargo ships.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:57 PM

I love geographically inspired art.  How many of the 137 icon features (as portrayed in Google Maps but removed from their context) can you identify?  For a higher-resolution, image and more of her art, click here


Tags: mapping, art, google, trivia.

Sean de Basti's curator insight, August 27, 2013 7:31 AM

do you know where everything is located?

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How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything | visual data | Scoop.it
An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.


Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to queries but hidden from view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that Google uses to navigate you from point A to point B.

Last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built- the first time the company has let anyone see how the project it calls GT, or "Ground Truth," actually works.

Google opened up at a key moment in its evolution. The company began as an online search company, but then the mobile world exploded. Now, where you're searching from has become almost as important as what you're searching for. Google responded by creating an operating system, brand, and ecosystem that has become the only significant rival to Apple's iOS.

And for good reason. If Google's mission is to organize all the world's information, the most important challenge -- far larger than indexing the web -- is to take the world's physical information and make it accessible and useful...


Read the entire article for a fascinating look at how Google utilizes mapping systems, geo data, mobile technology, and visual representation to manage massive amounts of data from varying sources, including one of the most important to the success of Google Maps- human intelligence.

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Visualization of the Week: The Evolution of the Web

Visualization of the Week: The Evolution of the Web | visual data | Scoop.it

This week's winning visualization goes to Hyperakt, Vizzuality and members of the Google Chrome team. The web today is a growing universe of interlinked web pages and web apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn't see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible...

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OpenStreetMap Overlays Turn Digital Maps into Watercolors

OpenStreetMap Overlays Turn Digital Maps into Watercolors | visual data | Scoop.it

No one can really debate the functionality of Google Maps, nor doubt its engine power, but as to the question of its graphic design, that’s another matter entirely. Yet, it’s leagues ahead of OpenStreetMap (OSM) and further still ahead of the other “competition” (Bing Maps)–that is, until now. Stamen Design has developed unique map skins which make OSM the most aesthetically pleasing digital maps available.

With three different styles, including Toner and Watercolor options, Stamen Maps add a sheen to OSM that had not previously existed before, turning a standard (i.e. unpretty) interface into a graphically subtle, yet sumptuous medium of transport. The high-contrast black and white Toner maps of New York, for example, embody the city’s moodier, pulp representation in film noir, comic books, and serials. The watercolor mode renders the rational planning of cities inexact and even “warm”, nullifying the precision of the grid as amorphous city blocks bleed into one another and the edges of bridges and infrastructure are reduced to squiggles. There’s also Terrain, for all those nostalgic for the good old days of MapQuest, which, funnily enough, has embraced open-source mapping with data retrieved from OSM. Best of all, the overlays are all Creative Commons-licensed, meaning that they can be used and integrated on any website.

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Google Maps: Designing the Modern Atlas

Google Maps: Designing the Modern Atlas | visual data | Scoop.it
Since its launch in 2004, Google Maps has come a long way from its relatively simple beginnings as a simple pannable and zoomable road map of the United States and United Kingdom. Today we display business and transit networks, three dimensional cities, natural terrain, and much more. It is a map that serves pedestrians, motorists, tourists and locals alike. Soon it was not only used it as a "clean" map for wayfinding and browsing but also as a base for overlays, search results, directions, and personal customization—with sources from all over the web. In the same vein as Google's mission, we are organizing the world's information in a geographic context.

The work and evolution behind this ambitious undertaking is a combination of design vision, product strategy, engineering prowess, and ethnographic and usability research...

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Three Types of Infographics that Attract Traffic & Links

Three Types of Infographics that Attract Traffic & Links | visual data | Scoop.it
It’s true that infographics have become somewhat more difficult to attract attention with, but a clever concept and solid execution around promotion can still help generate a lot of authority and a high volume of quality links for a domain...
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How to visualize data using Google Fusion Tables | SmartPlanet

How to visualize data using Google Fusion Tables | SmartPlanet | visual data | Scoop.it
Ever feel like you have too much data and don’t know what to do with it?
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Twitter vs Facebook vs GooglePlus. Infographics.

Twitter vs Facebook vs GooglePlus. Infographics. | visual data | Scoop.it

Twitter vs Facebook vs GooglePlus. Infographics.


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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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Google Media Tools: a new intersection for newsgathering

Google Media Tools: a new intersection for newsgathering | visual data | Scoop.it

The New York Times used Google+ Hangouts to interview U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Syria’s chemical weapons. The Weather Channel used Google Earth to illustrate the damage of Superstorm Sandy through dramatic before and after satellite images and live YouTube video. And Svenska Dagbladet used the Google Maps API and crowdsourced information from readers to plot disparities in neighborhood mortgage rates, generating a meaningful debate in Sweden. 

These are just a few ways journalists around the world are already using the Internet and Google tools to report the news, visualize data and improve their storytelling capabilities. To continue helping journalists report the news in new and compelling ways, we’ve launched Google Media Tools, a centralized hub aimed at empowering journalists of all skill levels with more ways to connect with their audiences and communities.

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Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today

Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today | visual data | Scoop.it

With 150,000 or so old print maps to his name, David Rumsey has earned his reputed place among the world's "finest private collectors." He continues to expand his personal trove as well as the digitized sub-collection he makes open to the public online — some 38,000 strong, and growing.


He's created a series of interactive maps that layer old prints onto the Google Earth and Google Maps platforms, and this summer he plans to launch a geo-referencing tool (similar to one recently introduced by the British Library) that lets users get involved in the digital mapping process themselves.

While preparing for this next expansion of his online map empire, Rumsey remains fascinated by "the power of putting these images up and letting them go," he says.

"Maps have a way of speaking to people very straightforward," he says. "You don't have to have a lot of knowledge of map history or history in general. To me they're perfect tools for teaching history to the public."

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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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A User-Generated Collection of Google Earth Imagery

A User-Generated Collection of Google Earth Imagery | visual data | Scoop.it

Stratocam, a program developed by former Google and Dreamworks employee Paul Rademacher, allows visitors to take their own aerial snaps with the help of Google Earth and later vote for their favorite photographs from the community of images.
Below are photos of natural wonders such as Mount Vesuvius, the Amazon and Tibet. There are a number of images displaying a more human presence on Earth such as farming plots in Saudi Arabia, the city of Baghdad and the canals of Venice.

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Real-Time Insights Finder | Think Insights with Google

Real-Time Insights Finder | Think Insights with Google | visual data | Scoop.it

A Google developed tool that hubs up all the great complimentary Google tools to understand the key target consumer, where and how they spend time. 

Great marketing starts with greater understanding of people and their behavior. Today, search trends and online activity are a window into the attitudes, perceptions and needs of your consumers. We've brought together our fast, free insights tools to help you make sense of this data and start gaining valuable insight in real-time. It’s the difference between guessing and knowing...

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Google Releases Think Insights Trend & Research Hub

Google Releases Think Insights Trend & Research Hub | visual data | Scoop.it

Google has graduated Think Insights from beta. This tool now compiles real-time data from Google search and other platforms, combining those facts with additional studies, infographics, and more.

Users can find the site at ThinkwithGoogle.com, and then explore tools that focus on different sectors of the virtual world. Google described the site as an "information and resource hub for marketers" in the Official Google Blog post announcing Think Insights' graduation.

The post also indicated that Google will continue to use the site as a data-centric storehouse for "consumer trends, marketing insights, and industry research."

That storehouse is filled with specific insights from Google (frequently compiled as infographics) as well as studies, reports, a research library, a fact and statistic sheet, and planning tools. While some of the information comes directly from Google, a large portion of the studies are the result of independent or collaborative research...

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SightSpace 3D: First Mobile Augmented Reality App for GoogleSketchUp

SightSpace 3D: First Mobile Augmented Reality App for GoogleSketchUp | visual data | Scoop.it
SightSpace 3D is the first and only mobile Augmented Reality application for Google SketchUp, and is available now on the App Store.
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14 Fantastic New Facebook Infographics

14 Fantastic New Facebook Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
The social media world moves fast.With new tools and trends emerging constantly, it can be difficult to focus on just one and master it for maximum...
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» How Does Google Make the Big Bucks? An Infographic Answer

» How Does Google Make the Big Bucks? An Infographic Answer | visual data | Scoop.it
How Does Google Make the Big Bucks?An Infographic Answer | Epicenter | Wired.com http://t.co/kCfSVgA...
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