In this English language alternative to latitude and longitude coordinates, the Clearleft office is located at:
In this English language alternative to latitude and longitude coordinates, the Clearleft office is located at:
A transatlantic cable, hurrah!
Everything you never wanted to know about conveying elevation information on maps, delivered in Peter’s always-entertaining style and illustrated with interactive examples.
Mappa Mundi Rubrum.
Monika’s end-of-year piece is rather excellent:
The map exposes the network of fibre optic internet cables that lie deep below the sea giving an unfettered glimpse of the government’s counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them.
This geography lesson makes a nice companion piece to Johnny Cash has been everywhere, man.
I think this might be the most tasteful, least intrusive use of scroll events to enhance a Snowfallesque story. It’s executed superbly.
You can read all about the code. Interestingly, it’s using canvas to render the maps even though the maps themselves are being stored as SVG.
(There’s a caveat saying: “This is a highly experimental project and it might not work in all browsers. Currently there is no IE support.” I don’t think that’s true: the story works just in IE …that browser just doesn’t get the mapping enhancements.)
OpenGeofiction is a map of an imaginary world, created by a community of worldbuilders. You can take part in this project too.
This year’s map from TeleGeography is looking lovely.
This is such a simple little adjustment, but I think it’s kinda brilliant: tweaking the display of your site’s maps to match the season.
A lovely hack from Science Hack Day San Francisco: get an idea of the size of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider by seeing it superimposed over your town.
The GPS system is a monumental network that provides a permanent “YouAreHere” sign hanging in the sky, its signal a constant, synchronised timecode.
A nice stroll around Marseilles at night without any of the traditional danger.
A beautiful real-time visualisation of winds on our planet.
Hot on the heels of the Mailchimp styleguide, here’s the collection of patterns used by Mapbox. I’m not keen on some of their markup choices, but again, it’s great to see organisations publicly documenting this stuff.
James re-imagines the Barbican as an airship drifting free of central London.
A lovely way of demonstrating the differences between map projections. Drag for extra fun.
This year’s TeleGeography map of the undersea network looks beautiful—inspired by old maps. I love the way that latency between countries is shown as inset constellations.
Communal satellite eyes. A Mac screensaver is also available.
This is fun. Drag the red country outlines around and slot them into place on the map. Sounds easy, right? But the distorting effect of the Mercator projection makes it a lot tougher than it looks.
I’ve been thinking about getting a birdhouse.
A fascinating piece by James on trap streets, those fictitious places on maps that have no corresponding territory.
A new project from James, keeping track of the sites of illegal drone strikes.
If you’re coming to Brighton for dConstruct, make a note of these eating places where your attendee badge will get you a discount.
This in-depth map tale really works as a way of exploring Kerouac’s most famous work.
This is rather wonderful: a DevFort project for navigating interweaving strands of history, James Burke style.
Stamen have extended Walking Papers into Field Papers: a virtuous cycle of mapping in the real world and online.
A beautiful and disturbing piece of data visualisation. The numbers are quite astonishing.
I like this simple idea, nicely executed: see Instagram photos taken near you.
Beautiful new map tiles from Stamen for use with OpenStreetMap data. The “watercolor” tiles are particularly pretty.
Luke rounds up some of the alternatives to bitmap-based images—an increasingly important topic for “resolutionary” “retina’ displays (bleurgh!).
Explore the shape of the underwater world of internet backbones.
Beautiful 19th century maps of Mars.
Another beautiful piece of work from James: a kaleidoscope made from Google maps.
Testing James Joyce: this is like the Seven Bridges of Königsberg puzzle but with Guinness.
Freaky stuff. If you’ve seen Kevin Slavin or James Bridle talking about the increase in property prices on Wall Street as the buildings get closer to the network hub …that’s nothing—these are the new centres of world power; places where the speed of light interferes least with the speed of transactions.
A handy papernet tool for emergency situations. “Zombie apocalypse” is not, alas, one of the default options.
A very pretty visualisation of tweets on a map using canvas.
Timo Arnall has some fun mapping WiFi signal strength with long exposure photos.
An examination into the legibility of labels on online mapping services.
A low-tech version of Flickr's shapefiles: stopping people and asking "excuse me, what area is this?"
A nifty interactive video for Arcade Fire's "We Used To Wait." It claims to be built in HTML5 but actually uses XHTML 1.0 and HTML 4.01 doctypes throughout. *sigh*
New from BERG: superimposing historical events onto familiar landscapes.
Beautiful map visualisations by Aaron Straup-Cope.
Aaron's lovely visualisation of Flickr's shapetiles.
Old photos placed on a map. Quite engrossing.
Well: this is an odd one: the entire duration of the trans-siberian railway on video and simultaneous map.
Brian documents his beautiful Geonames SVG maps.
Beautiful mapping visualisations of crime data.
Suw's Kickstarter-funded piece of puzzle fiction sounds very intriguing. Let's make it a reality.
Nifty old-school 8-bit tiles superimposed on OpenStreetMap data.
The geography of musicians.
Unbelievable 3D visualisation created by extracting common points from millions of pictures on Flickr of Rome, Venice and Dubrovnik. As Matt Haughey would say, "Holy shitballs!"
Lovely representation of OpenStreetMap data using canvas.
A really nice stylesheet for sitemaps represented as nested unordered lists in HTML.
This is wonderful: maps that travel from the internet to the papernet and back to the internet again. Print out from OpenStreetMap, annotate in the real world, and scan the annotated map.
Standalone embeddable widgets from Google that you can drop into any web page. The maps widget finally frees the maps API from the tyranny of coupling a domain with an API key.
Jack Schulze goes into detail on the genesis of the wonderful Here & There map/visualisation.
This is the best location visualisation I have ever seen.
A set of APIs built on top of OpenStreetMap data.
Gravity's rainbow on a Google map.
A visual real-time simulation that displays the carbon dioxide (co2) emissions, birth rates, and death rates of every country in the world.
WiFi hotspots in Brighton (including passwords where required) courtesy of Josh.
Flickr has amassed tons of geotagging data and Aaron has been playing with it.
Watch the best car chase of all time mashed up with a map of San Francisco to create geo-broadcasting. The added context gives an already perfect sequence added zing.
A real time satellite tracking web application. Over 8000 satellites are tracked and can be displayed on the familiar Google Maps interface.
Nostalgia and sexual awakening plotted on a Google Map is a voyeuristic thing.
There is an undocumented feature in Google Maps: add "&output=html" to the URL to get the accessible, non-Ajax version.
The first of the We Tell Stories series is online. It's a clever piece of storytelling using Google Maps to full effect.
A recap of an excellent presentation at BarCamp Brighton 2 on data visualisation.
You can now order a poster of the beautiful Dopplr visualisation of where we are travelling.
Gorgeous visualisation from Dopplr of all the places visited in 2007.
The new "you are here" feature on the mobile version of Google Maps looks, as Matt Jones said, "indistinguishable from magic." But it doesn't work on my phone. Grrr...
Flickr Places. This is what George announced at dConstruct. It's enthralling: interestingness mashed up with geotagging.
A handy tool for grabbing the geocoordinates for a location.
Ian Lloyd gets search results for curry houses in Swindon from Google Maps to his phone in less than 60 seconds. All thanks to hCard.
There's something very Gibsonesque about this real world mashup of Google Maps and Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
Very very cool and addictive cross between Tetris and geography knowledge. It took me 19:45 to get all of Europe on a medium setting. That's pathetic.
Natalie put together this handy map of geeky hangouts in Brighton.
W00t! This is a biggie! Google Maps now returns its listing results in hCard. Now you can do one-click export to your address book (or phone).
Watch the adventures of Derek and Kathryn Featherstone in the run up to IronMan Lake Placid 2007. Check out the route maps: very slick.
This blog devoted entirely to maps is far more interesting than it sounds. It's a treasure trove of weird and wacky stuff. Fascinating... and a complete time sink.
This is a brilliant idea by Aaron: printing QOOP books of Flickr pics where each picture is accompanied by a map. It's all about the context, baby!
Multimap's API is now open and free as in beer (as long as the traffic is within reasonable bounds). This is good stuff. And they're all in with the Open Street Map guys too.
This is so so childish but here you go: rude place names on Google Maps.
Track Cindy and Jason on their trip across the country... mashup style.
Google gets behind GeoRSS. This is good. Somewhere, Mikel Maron is doing a little dance.
A mesmerising mashup of Twitter and Google Maps. I could watch this all day.
Gareth has mashed up Google Maps with meatspace geek gatherings in the UK.
Here's a mashup for ya: Google Maps meets young love.
Reality imitating Google Maps in Berlin.
I want one of these for Christmas.
Find the antipodes of your location. Remember, most of the world is ocean.
That partnership between Google and Nasa is beginning to bear some fruit.
Another trains/maps mashup... real time positioning of the Dart in Dublin.
This is an astoundingly brilliant mashup: Overheard in New York meets Google Maps. It's fan-bloody-tastic and remarkably fast for all the data it contains.
This is really cool: a real-time map of bluetooth devices currently at the Reboot conference.
I've been playing around with this on my new Sony Ericsson K600i. It's pretty sweet... even if it doesn't cover the UK yet.
Version 2 of Google's Maps API is out. Changes, changes, read all about it.
Google Earth is now available for the Mac. Get downloading.
A handy guide to using a wrapper for the Google Maps API.
A very cool mashup of two APIs: events from EVDB and maps from Google Maps.
A wonderful commemeration of the first Apollo landing, courtesy of Google. Be sure to zoom all the way in.
You'd think someone in the architect's office would have spotted this.
Why look to Mars for anthropomorphised geographical features when we've got them right here on Earth?
This is cool and frightening in equal measures. Eric uses the Google API to demonstrate the effect of nuclear detonations on American cities.
A really nice use of the Flickr API.
An XML format from Google that describes the structure of websites. A semantic sitemap.
Google Maps for the UK. They still need to work on Ireland: my home town is an empty expanse.
From Area 51 to the Mall Of America, James Archer documents them all.