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TED Blog SIG Politique de la Ville The Geotagger's World Atlas Every city has something unique about it, whether it’s a memorial statue, a cool coffee shop, a world-renowned museum or a local pizza parlor. These places are visited by hundreds or maybe even thousands of people a year, which translates to dozens of photos, many of which are geotagged to show the location of these popular and special places. So, what would happen if you took all of those photos and created a map, linking the photos to show individual journeys and locations? Well, you would end up a neat sketch-like image of the location, filled with individual travels and popular locations. I discovered the Geotagger’s World Atlas earlier this week and it was so neat I simply had to share it with you guys. The Geotagger’s World Atlas is a project spanning more than ten years of geotagged photo collection and data plotting.

San Francisco Opera - Nixon in China Tweet Seats Application San Francisco Opera is looking for a few socially savvy Tweeters to attend the final dress rehearsal of Nixon in China on Tuesday, June 5 at 2 PM and Tweet through the entire performance. John Adams’ rhythmically rich re-creation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (The New York Times). We want your authentic opinions and thoughts, and perhaps even a scene-by-scene recap of the onstage action. In other words, we'll give you an opera ticket in exchange for your stellar social media skills! Sound like something you'd be interested in? Opera: Nixon in China Date: Tuesday, June 5 Time: 2:00 PM Location: War Memorial Opera House Seats are extremely limited* Apply today! Submission of this form does not guarantee your seat. Questions? Thank you for your interest in one of our Tweet Seats for the Nixon in China final dress rehearsal.

Romantic London - A research project by Matthew Sangster exploring life and culture in London in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries using Richard Horwood's PLAN of the Cities of LONDON and WESTMINSTER the Borough of SOUTHWARK, and PARTS ad Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data Ever since I found out about the Statistical Atlas of the United States, historically produced by the Census Bureau, it annoyed me that there wasn't one in the works for the 2010 Census due to cuts in funding. The last one was for 2000. Actually, the 2000 edition was called the Census Atlas, but whatever. With more data than ever, it seems like there should be one. Maybe that's why there's isn't one. Too much data, too much of an undertaking, and too many bureaucratic decisions to make. The first Atlas, by Francis A. I got to thinking, hey, I could do that. Here are my results. GEOLOGY. Source: Geological Survey and the Department of Agriculture. WEATHER. Source: National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. LAND COVER. Source: Department of Agriculture. POPULATION. Source: American Community Survey and the Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Cropland Data Layer FOREIGN POPULATION. Source: American Community Survey. AGE. RACE. P.S.

The Marauders Map I was watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban last night and it occurred to me that I still haven't seen a good interactive version of the Marauders Map. I had a couple of hours free this morning so I decided to give it a go. I'm not entirely happy with my Marauders Map but I thought I'd share it any way. I styled OpenStreetMap map tiles using Mapbox Studio. Looking at images online of the Marauders Map used in the Harry Potter films it seems to me that the map basically contains just place labels and building footprints. So my Marauders Maps also has building footprints and map labels, colored as close to the original as possible. To animate a marker on the map I used the Leaflet.AnimatedMarker plugin. The map isn't great.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Puts 400,000 High-Res Images Online & Makes Them Free to Use - On Friday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that "more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use." Even better, the images can be used at no charge (and without getting permission from the museum). In making this announcement, the Met joined other world-class museums in putting put large troves of digital art online. The Met's online initiative is dubbed "Open Access for Scholarly Content," and, while surfing the Met's digital collections, you'll know if a particular work is free to download if it bears the "OASC" acronym. Happy rummaging. via Kottke Related Content: Download Hundreds of Free Art Catalogs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Download Over 250 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum