Santa’s Lap: Unusual Maps Of London Every day until Christmas we will be pointing you in the direction of a London-inspired Christmas gift that (with a bit of luck) you won’t already have on your list. Climb up onto our collective lap and we’ll see what we can move from our sack to your stockings… Everybody loves an old map. We know this from our page-views. Whenever we mention maps, we get lots of clicks. Hence, we’re happy to commend the following London map sites to you, as a source of unusual Christmas presents.
National Geographic shares rich map content with the world via Google Maps Engine Posted by Frank Biasi, Director of Digital Development, National Geographic Maps Editor's note: Today’s guest blog is about the newly launched Google Maps Engine public data program, which lets organizations distribute their map content to consumers using Google’s cloud infrastructure. Frank Biasi, Director of Digital Development at National Geographic Maps, tells us how his organization is participating in the public data program and sharing over 500 maps to the world. Why are maps important for National Geographic? Founded in 1888, National Geographic Society aims to inspire people to care about the planet.
Why border lines drawn with a ruler in WW1 still rock the Middle East 13 December 2013Last updated at 19:25 ET By Tarek Osman (@TarekmOsman) Presenter: The Making of the Modern Arab World The original secret Sykes-Picot map of 1916: "A" would go to France, "B" to Britain. A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East.
Hexagonal Map of London This map is taken from an book “The Unification of London: The Need and the Remedy” written by John Leighton and published in 1895. London is split up into neat hexagons, colour-coded according to their proximity to the centre of the metropolis (defined as St Paul’s Cathedral rather than the more normal Charing Cross.) The map is made available as part of the British Library‘s releases to Flickr’s Commons project – the UK’s top reference library donated over a million images to the project recently. You can see all the graphics from the book here and download the book itself as a PDF here. It looks like John Leighton was proposing a wayfinding system for London based on each area’s “zone colour”. Lamp posts would be used, with one handle always pointing to the north to orientate people, and colours, numbers and letters to show the zone.
British Library Releases Shed Loads Of Old Images Into Public Domain The British Library just released over 1 million old illustrations into the public domain via Flickr, and scanned by Microsoft. The pictures date from the 17th to 19th century and include “maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more”. Many are pertinent to London.
Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States A spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932.
Los tours de Google Earth añaden 100.000 nuevas rutas a su galería Guías turísticas, rutas en 3D, nuevas rutas en mapas e incluso imágenes de Marte compartidas por la NASA… es increíble lo que podemos visitar hoy en día utilizando Google Earth, un servicio que no hace más que ampliar su contenido y mejorar sus herramientas para ofrecernos una experiencia cada vez mejor. Ahora, añadiendo nuevo contenido a todo lo disponible hasta ahora, nos presentan una colección de 100.000 tours en diferentes regiones y ciudades que incluirá un vuelo virtual por las rutas seleccionadas, información de Wikipedia integrada en la visita turística y fotografías de Panoramio que nos irán apareciendo en el recorrido y que los usuarios mismos habrán compartido en Google Earth. Sin duda Google Earth sigue implementando fantásticas mejoras seguidas de los 11.000 tours que recientemente se añadieron en la versión para Android, iOS y escritorio.
40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and info graphics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.
40 more maps that explain the world Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one.
57 maps that will challenge what you thought you knew about the world THERE’S SO MUCH MORE to the world than we can usually glean from a map of a place. Sure, you’ve got the political and topographical maps we’re all familiar with, and from those we can see the boundaries we’ve created and those that were naturally imposed…but what about burning questions like, “How does my country rate on the global attractiveness scale,” or “Where are all the redheads of the world hiding?” Thanks to the wealth of data floating around for free use on the internet, with these maps we visual learners can finally get a better sense of the global scheme of things, and perhaps find answers to several questions we never even thought of asking.
Quite Possibly the Most Brilliant Thing Ever — A Map of the Internet, Drawn to Scale o Click on the image above to expand, or click here to see the full-resolution version. From artist Martin Vargic comes this beautiful, ultra-high-resolution fictional map of the internet — scaled using actual from Alexa to rank the top 500 or so websites by traffic in the entire world. According to Vargic, it took 3 weeks of 10-hour days to create, basing the project off of National Geographic maps. And it's still a work in progress, detailing just a miniscule portion of the entire internet. Here's his explanation of how the whole thing fits together:
Mapped: London’s Most Popular Destinations Using Oyster Data Click for high-resolution. This rather lovely map was produced by Dr Ed Manley, a research associate at University College London’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, to help understand the relationships between where Londoners live and work. Oyster card data from the tube, Overground and rail networks for the most popular destinations between 7am and 10am on weekday mornings produced a whopping list of 48.9 million journeys. Dr Manley told the Standard: “Looking at morning peak, as we have done here, we can start to understand a little more about the relationship between where people live and where they work.“For example, the map suggests that if you work in the City, you’re more likely to be living out in east London or Essex.