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Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area

Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area | visual data | Scoop.it

Cartograms are fun tools for swapping out land area for some other variable. For certain figures, especially data that swing wildly at one of the end of the spectrum or another, cartograms are ideal. 

This cartogram, which compares property values between counties across the continental United States, looks like bad news from a gastroenterologist. What this in fact shows is that just a handful of counties account for the vast majority of property values in the U.S. The distortion is so severe that it doesn’t look like a map of the U.S. at all...

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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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Every Single Highway In The United States In One Simplified Map

Every Single Highway In The United States In One Simplified Map | visual data | Scoop.it
A Portland-based designer obsessively and impressively maps out the country's intricate network of highways, inspired by the design of subway maps.

Cameron Booth has illustrated every single current and signed Interstate Highway and U.S. Highway in the contiguous 48 states, a project that required almost two years of researching, designing, and fact-checking.

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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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The Most-Visited Countries in the World, Visualized

The Most-Visited Countries in the World, Visualized | visual data | Scoop.it

If you've ever wondered which country was the most popular tourist destination, wonder no longer—this map shows which countries get the most visitors every year.

It might surprise you to find out that France is the most popular destination, welcoming in 81,400,000 visitors every years. That's nearly 20 million more visitors annually than the U.S. which comes second.


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This Interactive Map Reveals Fascinating Facts About The Winter Olympics

This Interactive Map Reveals Fascinating Facts About The Winter Olympics | visual data | Scoop.it

Bristol-based creative agency Fiasco Design has put together aninteractive map of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Users can click to drag the map and mouse over the various venues to uncover fascinating facts about the sporting event. For example, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a palace named after him located on the Black Sea coast north of Sochi, and the Bolshoy Ice Dome is modeled after a frozen droplet. 


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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, February 9, 2014 4:31 AM

Great visualization!

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Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City

Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City | visual data | Scoop.it
An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.


Maps don't typically convey time very well. They're static snapshots of a moment in history. A handful of animated maps that do a good job combining time and space using either transit data or geo-tagged social-media hits.

Now a new project, called Geographies of Time, is trying to do something similar with a more typical two-dimensional map. The effort is part of a broader EU-funded projects called UrbanSensing that's building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.

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luiy's curator insight, November 28, 2013 6:21 AM

Giorgia Lupi, the Ph.D. researcher at Milan Politecnico behind the project, began with Milan. Using tens of thousands of geo-tagged tweets, she and colleagues divided the map of the city into a fine-grained grid. The tweets were then divided into eight three-hour time intervals (from midnight to 3 a.m., 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., etc.). And the boxes in the grid were digitally colored based on the time window when Twitter was locally most active.

nuria font-casaseca's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:21 AM

Les ciutats i els temps: com ens movem per la ciutat en funció de l'hora i el dia.

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This Is the World on Flickr: A Photo Documentation Map

This Is the World on Flickr: A Photo Documentation Map | visual data | Scoop.it
A map from the Oxford Internet Institute reveals the geographical distribution of billions of photos uploaded to the popular image-sharing site.

Individually, each of those photos shows us something, some flash of a moment on this Earth. All together, they show us something else, a planet pulsing—unevenly—with photo documentation...

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matthew keenan's curator insight, November 24, 2014 8:03 PM

As both a photographer and a student of geography this map is highly interesting.  With each dot representing locations on the planet that have corresponding images in Flickr.  The map is significant for two main reasons, firstly it is a great example of population density and human patters.  Secondly, this image is telling of the ability to capture the earth and share its people and cultures across the globe.  The accompanying story raising an interesting point, "Individually, each of those photos shows us something, some flash of a moment on this Earth. All together, they show us something else, a planet pulsing—unevenly—with photo documentation."  This photo documentation is the writing of art works and the documenting and curation of global cultures.  Being able to access these images allows one to not only read art, and read images, but also read and access different cultures and people.  


The images one posts can be viewed as singular works of art for people to read and interpret and engage with as they may.  However, when taken as a whole set of images, Flickr is the story of the planet being written daily by thousands of authors in the form of billions of images.  Flickr is a giant curated book of visual history and a visual story of shared cultural experience.


When thought of from that context digital tools like Instagram and Flickr are an important cultural and historical resource that allows us to read the world through the visual but also allows us to add to the content and write our own stories within a larger one.

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Here's Every Meteorite Fall on Earth in a Single Interactive Visualization

Here's Every Meteorite Fall on Earth in a Single Interactive Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

Ever wonder how many meteors have hit Earth? The Meteoritical Society is doing its best to keep track. And Javier de la Torre, co-founder of CartoDB, is helping us see the pure volume of hits (into the tens of thousands). His interactive visualization shows a heatmap of hits all over the world, letting you explore where and when meteorites fell, as well as their size and classification.

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Laura Brown's curator insight, May 25, 2015 4:14 PM

I wonder how much of this is biased by the lack of reporting (or over reporting) in some areas. 

AnalyticsInnovations's curator insight, June 5, 2015 7:09 AM

Example of data scientist faux pas:  Meteors choose to fall so unevenly...!

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Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System

Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System | visual data | Scoop.it

You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different.


xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors...

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Beautiful Interactive Map of Barcelona Digs Into Rich Architectural History

Beautiful Interactive Map of Barcelona Digs Into Rich Architectural History | visual data | Scoop.it

Barcelona is one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Tourists flock here for the superb restaurants, lively nightlife, and a chance to check out the stunningly creative architecture of Antoni Gaudí. But the city's historical and cultural roots run deep, and a new interactive map aims to make it easier for visitors and locals alike to explore the city's landmarks.


Created by the design firm 300,000 Km/s, the map includes 3,000 notable places, from Roman walls to modern street art. It also includes data on building ages for more than 70,000 properties. All this information was already available, at least in theory, from Barcelona’s city council and the national database of cadastral data.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, May 2, 2014 3:11 AM

Stunning example of interactive city map showing how constructions from different ages are mixed together. 


Interactive map

Odyseey Students's curator insight, December 2, 2014 8:55 AM

Diverse architecture in this beautiful city!

(Will Cancilla)

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Interactive Maps Show How English Words Translate Across Europe

Interactive Maps Show How English Words Translate Across Europe | visual data | Scoop.it
Here's a fun language web toy to while away your afternoon. Type in an English word, and you'll see a map of how that word translates in different parts of Europe.

James Trimble created the European Word Translator, which uses Google Translate to source its translated words. He notes that the system isn't perfect; some of the words may be incorrect, and sometimes it may pull words that are used in non-European dialects of the language. Plus, it only provides one translation per language per word—so watch those words that have more than one meaning in English. Still, it's a fun way to track similarities and differences across languages—and to find lots of quick translations.

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What The Internet Would Look Like As A World Map

What The Internet Would Look Like As A World Map | visual data | Scoop.it
An artist has created a hand-drawn map of the Internet, where Google, Apple, and porn are continents.

The world of the Internet mirrors the real-world in myriad ways: there are members (we call them populations), websites (destinations to visit), acquisitions of companies (redrawn political boundaries). So what if the Internet could be visualized like our global politics?

That’s exactly what designer Martin Vargic did in this cartographic experiment which treats mega-companies such as Google, Microsoft, HP, and Apple like empires, on a classic world map. To explain the dominance and relationships of these entities, Vargic created a visual hierarchy that gives prominent treatment to companies with the most users (or sites with the most visitors), surrounding them with smaller states and townships named after adjacent businesses.


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Fascinating Old Chart Maps World's Tallest Mountains, Forgets Mt. Everest

Fascinating Old Chart Maps World's Tallest Mountains, Forgets Mt. Everest | visual data | Scoop.it

This chart from the 1800s puts the world's biggest mountains and rivers in order. 

This beautifully illustrated chart: the Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains And Lengths of The Principal Rivers in The World organizes the inherently unorganized, First published in 1823 by William Darton, this chart by W.R. Gardner rips the mountains from the skin of the Earth and re-arranges them in ascending height, while simultaneously doing the same for the globe's biggest rivers, ironing their kinks and curls in order to compare for length. This is Victorian data viz at its finest.

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Data, Art and Environmentalism Collide at Cooper Union

Data, Art and Environmentalism Collide at Cooper Union | visual data | Scoop.it

Data visualization and art combine in EMISSIONS: Images from the Mixing Layer, a two-part exhibition at Cooper Union that rejects the use of natural gas as a sustainable form of energy.

Independent methane data company Gas Safety Inc. were commissioned to measure the levels of methane gas emissions throughout Manhattan and found severe leakage throughout Manhattan’s four thousand miles of aging gas lines, some dating to the 1800s.

The result is a data visualization map that shows tall methane leakages, in red, all over Manhattan and rising high into the atmosphere.

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Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion world map redesigned

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion world map redesigned | visual data | Scoop.it

A map that illustrates global forest densities using wood textures wins a competition to reinvent the tessellated Dymaxion world map by Buckminster Fuller.

First presented in 1943, Fuller's Dymaxion Map projects the world map onto the surface of a three-dimensional icosahedron that can be unfolded and flattened to two dimensions. It is said to be the first two-dimensional map of the entire surface of Earth that reveals our planet as one, without inaccurately distorting or splitting up the land.

A team comprising designer Nicole Santucci and San Francisco firm Woodcut Maps was selected as the winner of the Dymax Redux competition to redesign the seminal map, which was launched in April by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) in New York to coincide with the map's 70th anniversary.

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