Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mapping German Farmers Markets


Zeit Magazin asked their readers in Germany to recommend farm shops & farmers markets and other locations where consumers can buy produce directly from food producers. Zeit Magazin has now mapped the over 5,000 recommendations it received from the survey.

Gehen Sie doch mal auf den Markt is a Mapbox map which shows the location of farms shops and farmers markets throughout the whole of Germany. You can filter the local food producers on the map by farm shops or farmers markets. If you select a marker on the map you can view the shop or market's opening times and view a list of the produce on sale.

Monday, April 20, 2015

New Loch Ness Monster View


To capture Street View imagery in the Liwa Desert Google strapped a Street View Trekker camera to the back of a camel. It is only logical then that to capture Street View imagery of Loch Ness Google has strapped a camera to the head of the Loch Ness Monster.


The resulting imagery provides a partially submerged view of Loch Ness and its surrounding shores, all from the perspective of the Loch Ness Monster.

In reality, to provide new imagery from Loch Ness, Google captured some Street View imagery from a boat. The submerged shots were provided by the brave divers from the Catlin Seaview Survey.

Mapping Migrant Deaths Along the Mexican Border


Sleepless in Tucson has created a number of interactive maps exploring foreign national deaths along the Southern Arizona border with Mexico. The Southern Arizona Border post includes the above map showing the identifiable locations of migrant deaths crossing the border between 2001-2015.

The post also includes two heat-maps, One of the heat-maps shows where there is the highest and lowest density of deaths along the border. The second map shows the density of migrant deaths caused by hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is the number one cause of death of foreign nationals in the Southern Arizona desert.

It is hoped that the map showing deaths caused by hyperthermia can be used by organizations like Humane Borders to locate emergency water stations where they are most needed.


Drug Seizures Along the US-Mexico Border, from the Center of Investigative Journalism, examines the amount and types of drugs that have been seized being smuggled across the 2,000 mile border between the United States and Mexico.

The map plots 128,169 drug seizures made by the U.S. Border Patrol between Jan 2005 and Oct 2011. You can select which type of drug is plotted on the map (marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and other) using the buttons immediately beneath the map. The map also includes a timeline so that you can compare the number of each type of drug seized by year.

The amount of each drug seized at each U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint is represented by the size of the circle on the map. If you select a checkpoint station on the map you can also view details on the total number of seizures and the average weight of each seizure.

The Landsat 8 Cloud Cover Map


In March  the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA began releasing Landsat 8 satellite imagery as a data-set on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Landsat on AWS provides free access to Landsat 8 satellite imagery. Landsat on AWS includes all Landsat 8 imagery from 2015 and a selection of cloud-free scenes from 2013 and 2014.

Every day new Landsat 8 scenes are made available, often within hours of production. The new 2015 scenes includes satellite imagery that contains cloud cover. Landsat Cloudcover is a CartoDB map showing cloud cover estimates for LandSat satellite photography sites globally.images across the world.

The choropleth layer shows the average percent of cloud cover that might obscure the image capture process.


Landsat is a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA that creates moderate-resolution (30 meter) satellite imagery of the Earth's land surface every 16 days. The imagery has been free to use since 2008. Now, thanks to AWS, developers can also avoid the cost of hosting the data.

An informative CartoDB animated map provides a nice visualization of how Landsat 8 Completes an Entire Picture of the World Every 16 Days. The map uses the new AWS Landsat data-set to show how Landsat captures fresh satellite imagery of the Earth's entire land mass over the course of 16 days.


If you want to explore the latest Landsat imagery in more detail you can view the newest imagery on Mapbox's Landsat-live. Landsat-live uses the latest Landsat 8 satellite imagery to provide a near real-time satellite view of the Earth at 30 meter resolution.

Because the map uses the most recent Landsat 8 satellite imagery many locations around the world will be affected by cloud cover. If you find your town is obscured by clouds you can always return to the map in 16 days time to see if the next pass of Landsat 8 has provided clearer imagery.

The Live Boston Marathon Map


If you want to watch today's Boston Marathon live then you should check-out Boston.com's Boston Marathon Map. The map shows the route of the marathon and allows you to view great places to watch the race.

The map also shows the location of the nearest T Stops to the race route, the closest restaurants and bars, picnic spots and rest rooms.

If you can't watch the race live, or you want to see how a particular competitor is progressing, you can follow the race live on Boston Athletic Association's Live Tracking Map. This map allows you to enter the name or number of a competitor in the Boston Marathon and watch their progress live on a Google Map.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Greatest Maps of the Week


The standout map this week was clearly the Interactive Map of A Year In The Life Of Earth's CO2. The map is a great animated visualization of one year's carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide concentrations around the world. It is also an amazing technical achievement.

The Cartography and Geovisualization Group at Oregon State University has created the map from NASA's video, A Year In The Life Of Earth’s CO2. That's right this interactive globe is actually a video.

Oregon University have somehow managed to turn an HTML5 narrated video into an interactive globe. This mean that you can zoom in and out and pan the video just as you could any interactive globe. The map also includes a timeline control which allows you to jump to view any month within the video.


While Oregon University have been busy turning a video into a map Google has been working away at turning a video into an interactive Street View image.

Inside Abbey Road allows you to explore around the famous Abbey Road music studios using Google's panoramic imagery. During your virtual stroll around Abbey Road you will encounter a number of little interactive features which allow you to watch videos of musicians recording at Abbey Road and which even let you take control of the mixing decks in the studio control rooms.

Walk into the Mastering room and you get to experience a video Street View, a panoramic video featuring a sound engineer in action.


This German sitemap is also a very clever map, although at first glance you might not realize that it is actually a map. Medizintechnologie.de has created a Leaflet.js powered map from a hierarchical organisational chart of their website. The result is an interactive sitemap of the Medizintechnologie.de website.

Zoom in on the map and text site links are added to the markers lower in the hierarchical chain. You can also mouse-over each marker to see where the link leads to on the Medizintechnologie.de website. When you click on a marker link the website content for that page is dynamically loaded beneath the map.


There are half a million trees in the naked city. This map has all of them.

NYC Street Trees by Species is an interactive map of all New York's trees. The most populous trees in the Big Apple are London Planetrees, closely followed by the Norway Maple. The map allows you to visualize the distribution of each species of tree separately or view all species at once. The dot size of each tree on the map is roughly proportional to its trunk diameter.

The data for the map comes from the last Street Tree Census, carried out in 2005. There is another census this year and the map will be updated when the new data is released.


On Broadway is a continuous side view of Broadway created from placing Google Maps Street View images of the street side-by-side. The interactive includes Google Street View images of the facades of buildings along Broadway, a color palette of the facade colors, social media and taxi statistics, Instagram photographs and a color palette of the Instagram photographs.

Each layer in the interactive is a separate canvas layer. You can zoom in and out of each image in the interactive. You can also navigate to neighborhoods along Broadway by using the neighborhoods links running along the bottom of the interactive.

Nature's Mixing Desk


This map allows you to recreate the soundscape of different locations around the world by creating your own mix of bird and frog songs which can be found at that location.

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility has recently started to add rich media (sound, images, and video) to their open global biodiversity records. GBIF Soundscape has created a Leaflet map which allows you to reconstruct the 'soundscapes' of particular regions around the world by mixing the various bird and frog sounds that can be heard in those regions.

Select a region from the map and you can listen to a mix of all the bird and frog sounds which have been added to the GBIF data records at that location. At each location you can listen to all the recordings playing at once or listen to just the bird or frog songs. You can also click on the 'random' button to listen to a random mix from that location's sound recordings.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mapping America's Oldest Bars


Recently Thrillist published an article reviewing The Oldest Bar in Every State (and DC!). You can now view the locations of each state's oldest bar on this interactive map.

America's Oldest Bars uses Esri Story Maps, with Mapbox's Woodcut map style. Each of the bar's are shown on the map with a color-coded map marker. The colors of the markers indicate the rough age of each bar. Looking at the map you can see that the oldest bars (the red markers) are all in the eastern states.

Click on a bar's marker on the map and you can view a photo of the state's oldest bar and read a short review of the bar.

Download Free Historical Maps of the USA


The United States Geological Society has released a new interface to access and download maps from the USGS’s Historical Topographic Map Collection. The USGS's topoView allows you to search for historical maps of the United States and download them for free in a variety of formats.

To find historical maps for a particular area you can pan and zoom the map or enter a location into the search box. You can then use the timeline control to search for maps within a defined period of time. If any maps that meet your criteria are available a side-panel will slide in. Here you can browse and download any of the maps (in JPEG, KMZ GeoPDF or GeoTIFF formats).

A Street View Virtual Prison Tour


Google Maps has lots of indoor Street View tours of businesses, churches and other buildings around the world. However I don't think they've done a virtual prison tour yet. The Correctional Service of Canada has.

CSC’s Virtual Tour of a Canadian Penitentiary allows you to tour a Canadian federal prison using 360 degree panoramic images. The tour allows you to see inside cells for minimum, medium and maximum security prisoners. You can also view inside the chapel, workshop and other prison facilities.

You can navigate around the prison by following the arrows on the panoramic images or you can use a map to navigate by clicking on the map button in the map side-panel.