The New York Times maps the shifting ethnic mosaic of New York’s neighbourhoods. Via @geoparadigm.
Following hot on the heels of the typographic map of U.S. surnames that he worked on for National Geographic, James Cheshire has announced an interactive typographic map of London surnames. A slider allows you to select between the most, second-most, third-most (and so on to 15th-most) common surnames in a given area of London.
Now we know why James Cheshire of Spatial Analysis did a roundup of typographic maps earlier this week (see previous entry): he worked on a typographic map of U.S. surnames that appears in the February 2011 issue of National Geographic. The map shows the top 25 surnames for each state, with type size indicating the number of times each name is used.
Today’s xkcd: “The World According to a Group of Americans, Who Turned out to Be Unexpectedly Good at Geography, Derailing Our Attempt to Illustrate Their Country’s Attitude Toward the Rest of the World.”
Laura L. Sweet looks at globes by Wendy Gold. “The ‘Imagine Nation’ globes are handmade using vintage globes whose geography is no longer accurate. Wendy finds, cuts and creates the art that she then decoupages onto the old globes. From Superheros to Rock and Roll, each is one of a kind. She also takes on commissions. The globes vary in size from the small novelty bank globes to the larger traditional 30" diameter globes. Prices range from $99-$300.” Via MAPS-L.
Alexander Chen’s “Conductor” recreates the New York subway map as a musical instrument, with subway lines as pluckable strings. It’s based on Vignelli’s 1972 subway map, which makes sense for this kind of project. It’s a work in progress, and we can’t play with it yet, but he’s got a couple of videos. This one demonstrates the piece:
And this one has the strings triggered by passing subway trains:
Via Google Maps Mania.
“Infinite City” examines that San Francisco, a physically compact place that contains multitudes, through a series of elegantly rendered maps and cleverly researched and well-wrought essays conceived by more than a dozen writers, cartographers and artists. … They collectively, and intricately, render the 47-square-mile-city in 22 maps that glimpse the city through the prisms of politics, ideology, agriculture, social justice, film, counterculture, toxic dumps, shipyards, industry, the Wild West of identity (ethnic, sexual) and more.
I have a copy in hand; with any luck a review will be coming soon.
Previously: Infinite City: A “Fanciful” Atlas of San Francisco.
Seb Perez-Duarte shoots spherical panoramic photographs. In this photoset, he applies cartographic projections to those spherical images (above, for example, is the Mollweide projection). This is easily the most brilliantly unorthodox way I’ve seen yet of demonstrating what map projections do to spherical objects — peeling an orange can only go so far. Via WhereCamp; see also MetaFilter.
Via MapHist, news of a new book coming in April from the University of Chicago Press: Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader, edited by Jordana Dym and Karl Offen, who “bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine and interpret more than five centuries of Latin American maps. Individual chapters take on maps of every size and scale and from a wide variety of mapmakers — from the hand-drawn maps of Native Americans, to those by famed explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt, to those produced in today’s newspapers and magazines for the general public.”
Engadget passes on a Federal Aviation Administration advisory (PDF) that, due to Defense Department testing, GPS signals may be “unreliable or unavailable” within several hundred miles of a point off the coast of Florida and Georgia for brief periods between January 20 and February 22, 2011. The advisory is aimed at pilots, but we can surmise that terrestrial GPS usage — admittedly less a matter of life or death than aviation — might be affected as well. The radius affected increases with altitude: 370 nautical miles (685 km) at 40,000 feet (FL400, 12,200 m), falling to 215 nautical miles (398 km) at 4,000 feet (1,220 m).
NASA’s Earth Observatory has a number of high-resolution satellite images of the floods in Queensland, Australia.
Nearmap managed to get an even closer look at the flooding, with two-centimetre-resolution imagery taken on January 13 and 14. ABC News (Australia) has a very neat infographic where you can slide between photos of the flooded areas and photos taken before the flooding. Flood imagery is available directly on Nearmap’s website, where you can select aerial imagery by date for comparison. More on the Nearmap images from the Brisbane Times. Via Google Maps Mania, @HodderGeography and Slashgeo.
Two items of note in this article from the China Daily: first, that China’s official online mapping service, Map World, is now out of beta (I wasn’t aware that it was in beta in the first place); and second, that after July 1 “administrative action” will be taken against unlicenced map services. “More than 100 domestic and overseas companies that provide online mapping services have received licenses to continue doing business in China, while another 100 were still applying for a license, a senior official said on Tuesday.” No word on whether any familiar companies haven’t received one yet. Via All Points Blog.
A 1699 map of northeastern North America by John Thornton discovered in a house in rural Scotland (see previous entry) has been sold at auction for more than three times the expected price — the equivalent of about $320,000 U.S. (or around £200,000).
The New York Times describes the process of restoring a 240-year-old map that the Brooklyn Historical Society discovered in their possession — a rare 1770 map of New York City by Bernard Ratzer, only three other copies of which were believed to exist. For a real eye-opener, look at the interactive feature giving a close-up view of the map before and after restoration. Via MapHist.
Macworld takes a look at 11 iPhone GPS apps, following up on a similar article from a year ago (that I somehow seem to have missed). Compared with last year, Glenn Fleishman writes,
Most apps have gone through substantial revisions and improvements, with notable fixes to iPod music control, performance, and address recognition. Still, some basic problems in user interface and finding addresses remain. A few apps haven’t been updated in several months or longer, lacking full iOS compatibility and support. Others retain clunky interfaces borrowed from standalone GPS hardware with vastly less capability than iOS devices.
Major developments include iOS 4 multitasking and, for some apps, iPad versions (the 3G iPad has GPS).
Google has announced updated or new 45-degree aerial imagery — accessed through the satellite layer in Google Maps — for 10 U.S. cities, and promises that more cities are to come.
The New Jersey Historical Society is catching flak for auctioning off its copy of Abel Buell’s 1784 map of North America last month, the Star-Ledger reports. Apparently selling items to pay for operations — or, in the case of the Society, to go towards retiring its $2.6 million debt — is a violation of the code of ethics of the American Association of Museums. The Society’s annual grant has also been eliminated due to state budget cuts, so they’re clearly starving for cash. The Buell map the only item being sold off; the Society’s board president says all the items are extraneous to their mandate.
Eve Bailey’s recent drawings are, she says, “inspired by the similarities between the infrastructure systems of cities and the human anatomy. I am specifically interested by the organic nature of architectural renderings. The iconography used for urban planning intersects with some modes of representation in drawings of the human morphology. I love how interwoven grids echo muscle tissues. Patterns for buildings evoke cells. Lines and symbols for roads and bridges recall arteries and tendons.”
It’s been one year since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, and governments and NGOs are continuing to respond, many using high-resolution images of the area. To support these efforts, we’ve updated our aerial imagery in Google Earth of the Port-au-Prince area to include images from before and after the earthquake, as well as made updates throughout 2010. These pictures provide an evolving view of the movement of people, supplies and rubble.
The imagery is available through Google Earth’s historical imagery feature. In addition, the New York Times has taken that imagery and produced an interactive map that allows you to see, very quickly, the differences at several key sites around Port-au-Prince before and after the earthquake as well as one year on (via @HodderGeography).
The last time we heard from Tom Murray, TomTom’s senior vice president of market development, he said that GPS-enabled smartphones had “no market impact” on the sales of standalone GPS navigation devices. It’s been six months. In a chat with The Unofficial Apple Weblog, TomTom Tom’s tune is now a little different: GPS smartphones have had an impact on standalone devices, but the smartphone market is “complementary” — they’re selling apps for the iPhone, for example, and that’s a growth business for them — and there are still way more dedicated devices out there than smartphones. Let’s see what he says in another six months.
A map was at the centre of a major news story in the United States this week. Within hours of the news that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (among others, to be sure) had been shot at a constituency meeting in Tucson, Arizona, copies of a map from Sarah Palin’s political action committee, first released a year ago, began circulating online in response. The map targeted for defeat 20 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted for health care reform but who represented districts carried by McCain-Palin in 2008 — and it did so with crosshairs. Rep. Giffords was one of those members, and in the anger and confusion that followed the shootings, it was very easy for some to see in the map a call that was taken a little too literally by the shooter. There’s been an awful lot of debate since that weekend about rhetoric and responsibility — and what the map really meant (surveyor’s marks?!) — that I won’t get into here; I just feel it’s necessary for me to note the role of the map’s design in the ensuing fracas.
And I should also note a map that has been made in response to the SarahPAC map: a remix by alternative weekly The Stranger showing political assassination attempts — successful and otherwise — going back as far as Lincoln (via Andrew Sullivan).
Only the Weekly World News could bring you the story that the lost city of Atlantis has been found on Google Maps.
“The photo taken by Google Maps is most definitely the Lost City of Atlantis,” said Yale Mythologist Anthony Braxwell. “It displays all the trademark characteristics of the legendary metropolis. A shimmering castle, glistening drawbridges made of gold, crystal spires — yep, it’s all there.”
“I’m just surprised it took so long to find,” added Braxwell.
Atlantis is, apparently, in plain sight 10 miles southwest of Dingle, Ireland. (No word on whether Bat Boy has been spotted on the town’s streets.)
“I’ve lived here for 75 years,” said Brian MacElhose, a farmer and lifelong resident of Dingle, “and never noticed that gigantic city floating out there in the ocean. How could I have missed it? Oh well, I guess that’s what Google Maps is for.”
There’s a bonus in the search results for the “screenshot” of Atlantis in Street View — see if you can catch it.
NASA’s Earth Observatory has this map of aerosols in Earth’s atmosphere, based on MODIS data from August 2010. “Dust storms, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, and salt spray from the winds over the ocean are the most common and abundant producers of aerosols. Humans generate them, too, through the burning of fossil fuels, manufacturing processes, and fires for cooking, heating, and agricultural clearing. … Yellow areas are predominantly coarse particles, like dust and sea salt, while red areas are mainly fine aerosols from smoke or pollution. Gray indicates areas with no data. The brighter or more intense the color, the higher the concentration of aerosols.”
Previously: Mapping Global Fine-Particulate Matter Levels.
French artist Armelle Caron uses maps in a couple of ways. First, have a look at her organized city maps, executed between 2005 and 2008, in which city blocks are taken apart and organized into neat rows. She does something similar with a world map in Le monde rangé, available as a poster. See also her 2010 series, Les villes en creux, where city blocks are cut out of the paper. Nice effect. Via @awoodruff.
A New York Times map of Africa’s ethnic and linguistic groups, representing “only the broadest ethnic and language groupings,” shows how much they differ from national boundaries (which the newly independent nations accepted as a necessary expedient in 1963). Via @mrgeog.
Here’s another great website about maps of places that only exist in the minds of the mapmakers. Urban Geofiction is a collection of maps of imaginary cities by divers hands. Some maps are hand-drawn, some are produced to such a high quality — such as Johannes Bouchain’s maps of Forberg and Wittersberg (above) — that, absent any context, I’d be hard pressed to believe they weren’t real. You should know by now just how much I love this stuff. Via @BibliOdyssey.
A digital copy of Frederick de Wit’s rare Stedenboek — a 17th-century collection of city maps of the Netherlands — is now available on the website of the National Library of the Netherlands; BibliOdyssey posts some highlights from the collection (e.g. Tiel, above).
James Bunting wrote in with a link to this map of the Greater Tokyo railway network; the user’s Flickr account has other railway network maps showing the systems of other Asian cities, now and in 2020. (No indication whether the Flickr user is the author of said maps, or is republishing them from another source; I’m hoping and assuming it’s the former.)
The Boston Globe on the Boston Public Library’s $1.8-million makeover that will create a new repository and exhibition space for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. “Details being considered include a large digital globe with touch-screen features; a ‘pop-up’ table orienting newcomers to Boston’s rich history and unique geography; large-screen digital displays of maps and other materials; specialized display cases for the collection’s most prized assets; and a map club for kids.” To be completed by next fall, which sounds optimistic if things haven’t been finalized. Via MapHist.
Michael Zeiler, GIS professional by day, eclipse mapper by night — last April I blogged about his map of solar eclipses from 2010 to 2050 — is back with a whole website dedicated to solar eclipse maps. The site, Zeiler writes, “has over 1,000 historical eclipse maps and about 300 newly published eclipse maps, including maps for tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse and the solar eclipse which will bisect North America in 2017.” It’s still under construction, and several sections are still unfinished, but I’m already in love with the history section full of scans of those historical eclipse maps.