Posts tagged with ‘mapping’

Mapping Online Reaction to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Al Jazeera has an animated timeline map of prominent hashtags used on Twitter during the ongoing Gaza conflict.

The map runs from June 17 to July 17 and covers hashtags such as #BringBackOurBoys (when three Israelis disappeared while hitchhiking), #MohammadAbuKhdair (when a Palestinian teenager was killed in Jerusalem) and, of course, #IsraelUnderFire and #GazaUnderAttack.

Select to embiggen and view the color key for the screenshots above, or, better, read through to watch the timeline unfold. 

Some context: We’ve written before about PR and propaganda surrounding the Gazan war. Here are a few more:

  • New York Times: At Front Lines, Bearing Witness in Real Time.
  • The Economist: Us and Them — The pummelling of Gaza has cost Israel sympathy not just in Europe, but also among Americans.
  • Quartz: Twitter hashtags are finally neutralizing the Israeli government’s propaganda.
  • CNN Reliable Sources: Red News/Blue News — the Middle East PR war.

Geek notes: The timeline map was put together with CartoDB’s Oddyssey.js.

Google Streetview Comes to the Galapagos
There are some good gigs in the world. Say, for instance, being part of the Google Streetview or Charles Darwin Foundation teams that are collecting panoramic images of Galapagos islands for inclusion in Streetview later this year.
Via the Google Lat Long Blog:

It’s critical that we share images with the world of this place in order to continue to study and preserve the islands’ unique biodiversity. Today we’re honored to announce, in partnership with Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD), that we’ve collected panoramic imagery of the islands with the Street View Trekker. These stunning images will be available on Google Maps later this year so people around the world can experience this remote archipelago…
…Our 10-day adventure in the Galapagos was full of hiking, boating and diving around the islands (in hot and humid conditions) to capture 360-degree images of the unique wildlife and geological features of the islands with the Trekker. We captured imagery from 10 locations that were hand-selected by CDF and GNPD. We walked past giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, navigated through steep trails and lava fields, and picked our way down the crater of an active volcano called Sierra Negra.
…Life underwater in the Galapagos is just as diverse as life on land. We knew our map of the islands wouldn’t be comprehensive without exploring the ocean that surrounds them. So for the second time we teamed up with the folks at the Catlin Seaview Survey to collect underwater panoramic imagery of areas being studied by CDF and GNPD. This imagery will be used by Catlin Seaview Survey to create a visual and scientific baseline record of the marine environment surrounding the islands, allowing for any future changes to be measured and evaluated by scientists around the world.

Image: Shooting a group of Sea Lions at Champion Island in Galapagos. Via Google Lat Long and Catlin Seaview Survey.

Google Streetview Comes to the Galapagos

There are some good gigs in the world. Say, for instance, being part of the Google Streetview or Charles Darwin Foundation teams that are collecting panoramic images of Galapagos islands for inclusion in Streetview later this year.

Via the Google Lat Long Blog:

It’s critical that we share images with the world of this place in order to continue to study and preserve the islands’ unique biodiversity. Today we’re honored to announce, in partnership with Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD), that we’ve collected panoramic imagery of the islands with the Street View Trekker. These stunning images will be available on Google Maps later this year so people around the world can experience this remote archipelago…

…Our 10-day adventure in the Galapagos was full of hiking, boating and diving around the islands (in hot and humid conditions) to capture 360-degree images of the unique wildlife and geological features of the islands with the Trekker. We captured imagery from 10 locations that were hand-selected by CDF and GNPD. We walked past giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, navigated through steep trails and lava fields, and picked our way down the crater of an active volcano called Sierra Negra.

…Life underwater in the Galapagos is just as diverse as life on land. We knew our map of the islands wouldn’t be comprehensive without exploring the ocean that surrounds them. So for the second time we teamed up with the folks at the Catlin Seaview Survey to collect underwater panoramic imagery of areas being studied by CDF and GNPD. This imagery will be used by Catlin Seaview Survey to create a visual and scientific baseline record of the marine environment surrounding the islands, allowing for any future changes to be measured and evaluated by scientists around the world.

Image: Shooting a group of Sea Lions at Champion Island in Galapagos. Via Google Lat Long and Catlin Seaview Survey.

Mapping Conflict
Conflict History maps the world’s wars and skirmishes over the millennia. Users control the map with a timeline scrubber or by entering search terms. Data is pulled from Freebase and shown on Google Maps.
Image: Screenshot, Conflict History 1998-2007. 
H/T: Infosthetics.

Mapping Conflict

Conflict History maps the world’s wars and skirmishes over the millennia. Users control the map with a timeline scrubber or by entering search terms. Data is pulled from Freebase and shown on Google Maps.

Image: Screenshot, Conflict History 1998-2007

H/T: Infosthetics.

Media Penetration in Afghanistan
Internews, a non-profit that trains local populations to produce news about their communities, created an interactive map for Afghanistan that shows how people get the news in different parts of the country.
As you explore the map, you see that radio rules the information environment for the majority of the country while the Internet barely registers as a news platform.
"The research combined quantitative and qualitative methodologies including 6,648 close-ended interviews in 107 districts, covering all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces," the organization explains. “This effort guarantees that findings reported here are reasonably representative of the overall Afghan population.”
Via MediaShift:

Mapping survey data with provincial data shows a rich story of the real situation on the ground in each province, which can vary drastically. In Herat, a more urban area with high access to electricity, 86 percent of the population has a television. In the more rural Uruzgan province, with more limited electricity, 99 percent of the population owns a radio and 90 percent owns a mobile phone — but there are few televisions and no Internet access at all.
Internews’ role in Afghanistan is to support local media initiatives, and data visualizations like this help target funding and resources to where they can be best utilized while simultaneously raising awareness of what is still lacking in the country. 

Media Penetration in Afghanistan | The Data | Alta Consulting report (PDF) on the survey and its results.
Image: Screenshot of the Internews Media Penetration in Afghanistan interactive map.

Media Penetration in Afghanistan

Internews, a non-profit that trains local populations to produce news about their communities, created an interactive map for Afghanistan that shows how people get the news in different parts of the country.

As you explore the map, you see that radio rules the information environment for the majority of the country while the Internet barely registers as a news platform.

"The research combined quantitative and qualitative methodologies including 6,648 close-ended interviews in 107 districts, covering all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces," the organization explains. “This effort guarantees that findings reported here are reasonably representative of the overall Afghan population.”

Via MediaShift:

Mapping survey data with provincial data shows a rich story of the real situation on the ground in each province, which can vary drastically. In Herat, a more urban area with high access to electricity, 86 percent of the population has a television. In the more rural Uruzgan province, with more limited electricity, 99 percent of the population owns a radio and 90 percent owns a mobile phone — but there are few televisions and no Internet access at all.

Internews’ role in Afghanistan is to support local media initiatives, and data visualizations like this help target funding and resources to where they can be best utilized while simultaneously raising awareness of what is still lacking in the country. 

Media Penetration in Afghanistan | The Data | Alta Consulting report (PDF) on the survey and its results.

Image: Screenshot of the Internews Media Penetration in Afghanistan interactive map.

Where in the World
Twitter Friends Map is a neat tool to visualize where in the world the people you follow on Twitter actually are.
Pictured above are the 331 people I follow directly from my personal account. While it does not show lists I keep (eg., I have a couple regional specific lists), it does show that I have a rather gross absence of people from very important parts of the world.
Changing. That. Now.
The more you know.
Twitter Friends Map.

Where in the World

Twitter Friends Map is a neat tool to visualize where in the world the people you follow on Twitter actually are.

Pictured above are the 331 people I follow directly from my personal account. While it does not show lists I keep (eg., I have a couple regional specific lists), it does show that I have a rather gross absence of people from very important parts of the world.

Changing. That. Now.

The more you know.

Twitter Friends Map.

Things You Can’t Do with Google Street View
Google put the kibosh on the Dutch advertising firm Pool Worldwide when it tried to create a first person shooter out of Street View.
Via Singularity Hub:

The website was more of a self-promotion gimmick than an attempt at making a poor man’s Call of Duty. But Google moved in quickly and disarmed the company, citing a terms of service violation and blocking the company’s access to Google Maps. Pool Worldwide, however, might just be thinking mission accomplished. The game was only up from Friday through late Monday night but peak traffic on the site saw about 3,000 visitors per minute. That’s some viral advertising. 

Image: Video still from the game’s teaser.

Things You Can’t Do with Google Street View

Google put the kibosh on the Dutch advertising firm Pool Worldwide when it tried to create a first person shooter out of Street View.

Via Singularity Hub:

The website was more of a self-promotion gimmick than an attempt at making a poor man’s Call of Duty. But Google moved in quickly and disarmed the company, citing a terms of service violation and blocking the company’s access to Google Maps. Pool Worldwide, however, might just be thinking mission accomplished. The game was only up from Friday through late Monday night but peak traffic on the site saw about 3,000 visitors per minute. That’s some viral advertising. 

Image: Video still from the game’s teaser.

sunfoundation:

 The Zombie Map of the World 
What happens when you ask Google Maps for the location of zombies around the world?

FJP: There’s really no way not to pass this along.

sunfoundation:

The Zombie Map of the World

What happens when you ask Google Maps for the location of zombies around the world?

FJP: There’s really no way not to pass this along.

(via theatlantic)

nycdigital:

Using data released by the Office of Emergency Management, WNYC, The New York Times and NYC Oasis have made excellent interactive maps with Hurricane Evacuation Zones and Centers.

Google Mapping Developer Grants →

Google Earth Outreach is offering $10 - $20,000 grants to non-profits that are creating mapping applications on the Google Earth platform.

Over the past several years, amazing maps have been created from the public benefit sector in key areas, including environmental conservation, human rights, public health, and more! We hope the Google Earth Outreach Developer Grants will spur the development of some more stellar examples of how Google mapping technologies can help non-profits in their work.

Deadline to apply is May 26 at 11:59 PST. That means you East Coasters get extra hours before the deadline hits.

sunfoundation:

Bribespot lets people “check in” when they’ve been bribed

Bribery may not be a huge problem in the US, but worldwide it’s  almost an epidemic, with some local governments sanctioning bribes of  law officers to the degree that no one pays official fines any more.  Instead, the officer gets his cut and part of it goes back to the  government. It’s sickening and it’s rampant, especially in countries  like Romania, Russia, Mexico and many other nations.

sunfoundation:

Bribespot lets people “check in” when they’ve been bribed

Bribery may not be a huge problem in the US, but worldwide it’s almost an epidemic, with some local governments sanctioning bribes of law officers to the degree that no one pays official fines any more. Instead, the officer gets his cut and part of it goes back to the government. It’s sickening and it’s rampant, especially in countries like Romania, Russia, Mexico and many other nations.

Mapping geological time.
Via the US Geological Survey.

Mapping geological time.

Via the US Geological Survey.

A typographic map of the top 25 surnames in each US State, their frequency and their country of origin.

“What’s in a Surname? A new view of the United States based on the distribution of common last names shows centuries of history and echoes some of America’s great immigration sagas. To compile this data, geographers at University College London used phone directories to find the predominant surnames in each state. Software then identified the probable provenances of the 181 names that emerged.

An interactive version of the map is available on National Geographic (they’re running a printed version in the February magazine). Details behind the project are from Spatial Analysis.

A typographic map of the top 25 surnames in each US State, their frequency and their country of origin.

“What’s in a Surname? A new view of the United States based on the distribution of common last names shows centuries of history and echoes some of America’s great immigration sagas. To compile this data, geographers at University College London used phone directories to find the predominant surnames in each state. Software then identified the probable provenances of the 181 names that emerged.

An interactive version of the map is available on National Geographic (they’re running a printed version in the February magazine). Details behind the project are from Spatial Analysis.

Getting Medieval Victorian on your Infographics
The Bibliodyssey blog gathered a set of Victorian era infographics from 1830 - 1890.
Above is a fold-out print depicting all of human history from the time of creation (4693 BC = Adam & Eve; the great flood = 3300 BC) up to the date of publication (1858 by Eug. Pick, Paris).
Visit Bibliodyssey for details, or Flickr for biggie sizes of the complete set.
HT: Datavisualization.ch.

Getting Medieval Victorian on your Infographics

The Bibliodyssey blog gathered a set of Victorian era infographics from 1830 - 1890.

Above is a fold-out print depicting all of human history from the time of creation (4693 BC = Adam & Eve; the great flood = 3300 BC) up to the date of publication (1858 by Eug. Pick, Paris).

Visit Bibliodyssey for details, or Flickr for biggie sizes of the complete set.

HT: Datavisualization.ch.