Lynn Cox, Geospatial Technician, Regulation GIS, SFWMD
Very impressive visualization with search capability of the entire Internet. Type in your favorite website and see it on the map.
The Internet Map is the culmination of an exciting project from a team headed by Ruslan Enikeev, in which the world wide web is mapped to produce the visualisation pictured below. Web traffic from 35o thousand websites are mapped into a system where circle size corresponds to overall visitors; and the position and proximity to other websites reveals where visitors most commonly surf to and from. Rendering the graphic in this way shows that sites tend to cluster into groups relating to country of origin, which are represented by the colours in each circle. Click the image below to explore the map, URL’s can be entered into the search bar on the top left.
written by Alastair Pidgen.
Eric Ficher is a self-proclaimed “geek of maps, data visualization, failed transportation plans of the past, history of technology, computers, pedestrianism, and misspelled street signs.” He mines Flickr photographs, Tweeter, and the U.S. Census then plots the data and geotags using colored dots on maps using a computer program that he wrote. The resulting patterns yield a beautiful and bountiful array information.
Check out his photo-stream on Flickr.
Matthew Cusick creates collages from bits and pieces of atlases, maps, and map books.
“I like to catalog, archive, and arrange information and then dismantle, manipulate, and reconfigure it. I use maps as a surrogate for paint and as a way to expand the limits of representational painting. Through a process of cutting up and reassembling fragments of maps from different places and times, I am attempting a more complete representation of an existence, one that incorporates the geographical and historical timelines of that existence within the matrix of its image.”
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released more than 161,000 digitally scanned historical maps in GeoPDF format covering the lower 48 states and best of all they are freely available from their Historical Topographic Map Collection.
“These chronological historical maps are an important national resource as they provide the long-term record and documentation of the natural, physical and cultural landscape. The history documented by this collection and the analysis of distribution and spatial patterns is invaluable throughout the sciences and non-science disciplines. Genealogists, historians, anthropologists, archeologists and others can use this collection for research as well as a framework on which a myriad of information can be presented in relation to the national landscape.” Here is the full press release.
Take a look at this video of Jerry Gretzinger’s Map of Ukrainia and suburbs. A virtual city on a map painted completely by hand. His creativity is amazing and the deck of cards he uses to randomly determine what to do next turns Ukrainia into an organic entity that evolves on its own.