Friday, July 01, 2016

Talking Graffiti on Street View


Google's Street Art project features a wonderful audio guide to the graffiti of Buenos Aires in Argentina. The Talking Walls of Buenos Aires uses Google Maps Street View imagery to introduce you to some of the city's best street artists and their works of art.

The Talking Walls of Buenos Aires takes you on a guided tour around graffiti in three of the city's neighborhoods; Villa Crespo, Colegiales and Barracas. You can explore the artwork in each of the tours up close using Google Maps Street View. Each of the artworks also includes an audio guide, which provides information on the location, the street artist featured and the individual work of art.

The Google Street Art project is not confined to the street art of Argentina. As well as The Talking Walls of Buenos Aires exhibit, the site features tours of street art in locations all around the world.

Mapping the Battle of the Somme


Today marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the largest battle of World War I on the Western Front. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 and more than a million men were wounded or killed.

The Living Legacies Engagement Centre at Queen's University Belfast has released a story map of the battle, looking in particular at the key events involving the Irish Raised Divisions (36th Ulster & 16th Irish). 4dSomme uses the Esri Story Map library to explore the history of the battle, the importance of field-surveyors & cartographers to the battle and the key events involving the Irish Raised Divisions.

The story map makes great use of modern 3d aerial maps of the River Somme overlaid with vintage military maps to plot the advances and retreats of the Irish Raised Divisions during the battle. Vintage photographs and Google Street View imagery are also used throughout the site to illustrate some of the important locations in the battle.

The final interactive map in 4dSomme allows you to view a number of the vintage military maps overlaid on top of a 3d map of the region. This map also allows you to overlay the positions of the British and German front lines, at key dates, on top of the vintage military maps.


Rutland and the Battle of the Somme is a new interactive map which recounts the history of the Battle of the Somme and explains when, where and how the soldiers from Rutland county died. The map includes a timeline feature which recounts the progress of the battle in chronological order.

As you progress through the battle the map updates to show the front line of the battle as it stood at the beginning of every month. A small information window at the top of the map also provides brief updates on the progress of the battle.

Poppy shaped markers are added to the map by date to show when and where Rutland soldiers were killed. You can click on the markers to learn more about each individual soldier commemorated on the map. The red cross markers show where a soldier was severely injured, before dying later in hospital.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Renaming New York


Did you know that Vandam Street in New York was named for Jeanne-Claude van Damme? Or that Smith Street was named for Anna Nicole Smith?

Of course you didn't. Because of course they weren't.

However that hasn't stopped NeighborhoodX having a little fun re-imagining the etymology of New York's Streets. In Renaming New York NeighborhoodX has redrawn the map of New York renaming streets for famous celebrities and products.

Some other highlights on the map include Borough Hall (and Oates), Stone (Cold Steve Austin) Street and Duane ("The Rock" Johnson) Street.

If you are interested in the real history behind street names then you might want to check-out:

History of San Francisco Place Names
Paristique: L'histoire de nos rues
Famostrato - Personajes históricos de las calles de Madrid

Mapping Euro 2016 Goals


Swiss broadcaster RTS has mapped out the 88 goals scored so far in the UEFA Euro 2016 competition. Les 88 Buts de l'Euro allows you to view the pitch location of all 88 goals and even watch each of the goals on video.

Of the 88 goals only 13 have been scored from outside the penalty area. So far there have been 3 own goals, 40 right-footed goals, 28 left-footed goals and 17 goals from headers. You can hover over all the goal map markers on the pitch map to reveal which player scored the goal.

The drop-down menus above the map allow you to filter the goals shown by country or by competition stage.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Illegal Fishing Mapped


Some fishing fleets are managing to illegally flout international and national fishing quota regulations by transferring fish at sea to large 'reefers', large commercial vessels which receive and freeze the fish before transporting them to other destinations. In this way the fishing ships are able to avoid detection of their over-fishing by local fishing authorities.

ODI has used data from FishSpektrum to map the suspicious movements of 35 reefers in western African waters in 2013. Western Africa's Missing Fish uses CartoDB's Torque library to animate the tracks of these 35 commercial vessels.

Each of these animated maps is accompanied by a brief 'Tracking History', which explains the reefer's activity and why this is thought to be suspicious. Details about where the ship is registered, its type and its carrying capacity is also provided.

Building Heights of England


Back in January Emy Analytics released a Building Heights in London map. They have now released a new interactive map which incredibly shows the heights of all buildings in England.

Building Heights in England uses data from the Environment Agency's open LIDAR data to color building footprints in all of England by the height of each building. You can use the map's search function to zoom the map to any location in the country. You can then click on any building on the map to find out its exact height and its area size.

The Building Heights in England map also provides a statistical breakdown of building height data for England's top 25 urban areas. If you select one of these urban areas from the map menu you can view information in the map sidebar on the number of buildings in the area, the density of buildings and a histogram which shows a breakdown of all buildings in the area by height.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Australia Election Maps


This coming Saturday Australians will be voting in the Australian federal election. These maps can help you discover who is standing, where you can vote and where the two main party leaders are campaigning.

The Google Interactive Election Map allows voters to find their nearest polling booth and find out who is running in their election area. Each polling booth on the map includes a handy directions link which shows you how you can get to your booth.

On election day the Google map will change to a live results map. You will be able to use the map to see the percentage of votes counted for each party in each of the 150 electorates


The Guardian's Campaign Election Tracker is mapping all the campaign visits by Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull in the lead up to the election. As well as tracking the number of visits by each of the two party leaders The Guardian is also keeping a running tally of the number of times each candidate has spoken about different political issues.

Each electoral seat on the two different candidate tracking maps is shaded by the number of visits the candidates have made to the seat. A full list of campaign events by both candidates is shown beneath the maps.


The 2016 Electorate Policy Spend Tracker shows you how many tax dollars each party has promised in different policy areas and where they say that money will be spent. The coalition has so far committed to $7.664b in policy spending and the ALP has made $8.389b in campaign promises.

The Talking Map Quiz


Here at Maps Mania Towers we always enjoy a little map quiz. Today we have mainly been passing the time by playing Geoquiz.

There are many, many different map quizzes out there, so to grab our attention a quiz has to feature something a little different. The USP of Geoquiz is that you don't have to type in the names of long, difficult to spell place-names when you answer a question. Instead you can just speak your answer.

The quiz itself is very simple. You are shown a succession of countries on a map and all you need to do is to speak the name of the country. If you have given the game permission to access your device's microphone Geoquiz will then tell you if you have got the answer correct or wrong.

To play Geoquiz you will need to use the Chrome browser.

Exploring Alexander von Humboldt


Esri has released a great cascading Story Map exploring the achievements of the geographer, naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt. In Alexander von Humboldt's Whole Earth Vision Esri uses vintage maps, Esri's own 3d maps and historical images to help explain the scope and importance of Humboldt's discoveries in South America.

The story map looks in particular at Humboldt's attempt to climb Ecuador's Chimborazo Mountain and his exploration of the Orinoco River. As you progress through the story map Humboldt's achievements, observations and contributions to science are illustrated with historical maps from the David Rumsey Collection, Humboldt's own diagrams and Esri's interactive maps.

The Esri story map of Humboldt's Whole Earth Vision concludes with a final section which explores the legacy of Humboldt's work and his influence on other scientists, writers and statesmen.

You can see more examples of Esri's cascading Story Maps format and learn how to create your own at Esri Story Map Cascade.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Spanish Election Map


Spain's second general election in six months has once again resulted in no political party gaining enough votes to take overall control of the government. You can view how each municipality voted in this interactive map from El Diario.

One surprise in the results was that the anti-austerity party Podemos did not increase their share of the vote. They were widely expected to overtake the socialist PSOE party, who again were the second most popular party. From the map you can see that Podemos still polled relatively well in the Basque country.

Elsewhere the map shows that the Catalonian parties still dominate in Catalonia and the two main parties, the PP and PSOE, polled well in the areas where they traditionally have a lot of support.