Making a Genealogy Map Using the Google Maps API Introduction I wanted to try out using the Google Maps API for a project, so I decided I’d try to use it in conjunction with some genealogy data to see what I could come up with. The result is a family tree which is mapped out spatially rather than chronologically; once rendered, the following visual data is revealed: Migration paths - see where particular people suddenly moved a large distance Geographical density/immobility - see which areas the most family members were from Most popular places - see which villages or cities successive generations lived in
Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond) Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and economic action—despite the spatial turn that has informed social sciences and humanities for more than three decades ago now. Indeed, they often overlook the shaping roles of the built and natural environments in the production of events unraveling in cities and regions of the Middle East. We thus read about cities and regions as backgrounds and contexts for processes and practices, rather than environments that have determining impacts on these. Since its launch in September 2013, Jadaliyya’s Cities Page has been committed to produce such informed, empirical, and integrated knowledge, where the spatial engages and intersects with historical, political, economic, technological, legal, social, and cultural analysis.
A Passage to India Map A Passage to India Map created by Peter Biggins ^^^ Hide Description ^^^ Advertisements The Traveling Salesman with Simulated Annealing, R, and Shiny - Todd W. Schneider I built an interactive Shiny application that uses simulated annealing to solve the famous traveling salesman problem. You can play around with it to create and solve your own tours at the bottom of this post. Here's an animation of the annealing process finding the shortest path through the 48 state capitals of the contiguous United States: How does the simulated annealing process work? Earth at Night 2012 Account Options Sign in Earth at Night 2012 Science Hack Day / NightISS Image classification of night time images taken from the International Space Station Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel, et al. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Image classification: Right now there are around 1.800.000 images at the Johnson Space Center database (The Gateway of the Astronauts).
Storymap JS - Tell Stories With Maps The New York Times has a new feature called Harriet Tubman's Path to Freedom. The feature is a presented in scrolling map format. The map is combined with a timeline format that shows the sequence of and locations of significant moments of Tubman's work in freeing herself and helping other slaves escape. Harriet Tubman's Path to Freedom is part of a larger series of stories about the Underground Railroad. Looking at the presentation of Harriet Tubman's Path to Freedom reminded me an excellent storytelling tool called StoryMap JS. StoryMap JS comes from the same people that offer Timeline JS.
NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive YouTube Help The URL to a YouTube video must be the full length url. To ensure you are using the correct URL, visit your video on youtube.com. Solar Mapping Resources Choosing solar energy is a big investment. In order to help consumers quantify the potential benefits, national laboratories and private companies have developed a number of tools to forecast their solar futures. Satellite maps, irradiance data, and real-time bids from installers have been combined to assist customers in understanding the potential costs and benefits of solar with just the click of a button.
25 National Flags And Their Meanings Originating on battlefields as a means of identification, national flags have come a long way since their bloody conception. Flying in courthouses, classrooms, and fire stations they typically hold symbolic significance for the nation and have complex meanings ingrained into their designs. So go ahead and test yourself on your flag knowledge because these are 25 national flags and their meanings. Combining the crosses of the patron saints of England, Wales, and Scotland, the Union Jack as it is sometimes called is one of the oldest flags in the world having been around since 1801. It has been said that when Duke Leopold V. of Austria returned from war his white battledress was soaked with blood.
Favourite maps from 2013 Everyone and their dog tends to publish their own 'best maps of...'. Given I spend most of my time on this blog haranguing bad maps during the year I thought I might try it myself this year so here goes, in no particular order...my favourite 10 maps of 2013. For those that are counting, there's 11 but here goes...