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Polymaps The Map Of Native American Tribes - kplu Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived. Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans. As a teenager, Carapella says he could never get his hands on a continental U.S. map like this, depicting more than 600 tribes — many now forgotten and lost to history. Now, the 34-year-old designs and sells maps as large as 3 by 4 feet with the names of tribes hovering over land they once occupied. "I think a lot of people get blown away by, 'Wow, there were a lot of tribes, and they covered the whole country!' "You can look at [Carapella's] map, and you can sort of get it immediately," Herman says. "This isn't really a protest," he explains. Copyright 2014 NPR. Transcript

Ushahidi Racking up Downloads The Ushahidi platform’s growing use has been astounding to say the least. The platform has been download almost 4,000 times. On top of that, our mobile applications (including the Android Oil Spill reporter by Henry Addo) have been downloaded more than 3,700 times. As an organization that is barely two years old, it is encouraging to see adoption of the platform in various countries and for diverse uses. Wide Range of Deployments One of the early adopters of the Ushahidi technology was Oscar Salazar and the team behind Cuidesmos el Voto; they translated the platform into Spanish. On mobile phones, Pablo Destefanis and his team translated and customized the Ushahidi Windows Mobile app created by Dale Zak to map crime in El Salvador. Multiple Translations for Download While all of this was happening, there was also a partial translation of the platform into Swahili. The language files will be checked into Github and made available in the next version of Ushahidi.

Natural Earth OpenStreetMap 40 maps that explain the world By Max Fisher By Max Fisher August 12, 2013 Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to contribute our own collection. Some of these are pretty nerdy, but I think they're no less fascinating and easily understandable. A majority are original to this blog, with others from a variety of sources. I've included a link for further reading on close to every one. [Additional read: How Ukraine became Ukraine and 40 more maps that explain the world] Click to enlarge.

Ushahidi in 3G: How media outlets could extend the mapping platform beyond crisis communications Since its launch in early 2008, the crowdsourced mapping platform Ushahidi has been used to monitor elections in Burundi, to track violence in Pakistan, to coordinate aid in Haiti. Its platform has been downloaded nearly 4,000 times; its mobile platform, more than 3,700. It’s now been six months since Haiti’s earthquake; and Patrick Meier, Ushahidi’s director of crisis mapping and strategic partnerships, was on hand to discuss his work at Harvard’s Berkman Center earlier this week as part of the center’s regular luncheon series. (Archived here, by the way, are some of our favorite videos from past luncheons.) So, after his talk, I asked Meier about the ways media outlets, in particular, can use the Ushahidi platform for newsgathering purposes; his response is in the video above and the transcript below. Absolutely.

Maps Comparing Bay Area Housing Prices to the World's Most Gorgeous Places For what it costs to live in San Francisco, you might as well relocate to an unbelievably stunning Mediterranean island. Mapping the Nation's Failing Voting Machines A new report shows that thousands of U.S. voting systems are old and malfunctioning, which could spell disaster for the upcoming presidential elections. Where America's Poverty Has Shifted Rural-to-urban population moves have changed the landscape of the poor in the last 50 years. Mapping the 'Urban Fingerprints' of Cities Each city’s unique layout pattern has an effect on its successes and failures. Mapping the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Cost of Living There’s no county in America where a minimum wage earner can support a family. Mapping the Average Hottest Day in America With scorching temperatures on both coasts, parts of America are suffering through a late-season heat wave. A Map That Counts All the Trees in the World

ScapeToad 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 infographics 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. If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. 1. 2. 3. 4. Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 37. 38. 39. 40. *Bonus* World Map Tattoo with Countries Visited Coloured

News from the web during a crisis 20 July 2010Last updated at 09:54 By Jonathan Fildes Technology reporter, BBC News SwiftRiver attempts to siphon off useful information from the web In 2009, a series of deadly riots swept through the Ugandan capital of Kampala. At least 10 people were killed during clashes between police and rioting supporters of a traditional king. "It took a long time for the international media to pick up on the story, so I spent a long time following the Kampala hashtag on Twitter and checking my e-mail," said Jonathan Gosier, an American programmer living in the country. As the riot intensified, information flooded the web, making it more and more difficult to follow what exactly was going on, he said. "I just thought there has to be a better way of doing this. "I was scared," the CEO of AppAfrica added. The ultimate goal is to mesh together thousands of pieces of information and spit out a single, unified and useful feed. In essence, it attempts to strip out a signal from the noise. Out of adversity

MapBox Enables Amazing Custom Maps for Sites and Apps "Up until now, a lot of mapping has just been boring," says Eric Gundersen, the CEO of MapBox, an ambitious startup that has made headlines for putting cartographic software, well, on the map. Those headlines featuring MapBox certainly haven't been boring, however. There was the news that Foursquare switched from Google Maps to use the MapBox Streets product, the $10 million in Series A funding MapBox recently received from the Foundry Group and a look at how MapBox is working with NASA to improve satellite imagery of the Earth. Around the world, hundreds of millions of users look at MapBox maps on some of the largest sites and across some of the most popular apps. With a client list including Evernote, Hipmunk, Le Monde, The Guardian, NPR and USA Today, there's a good chance you've already glanced at a MapBox-created map and, judging by the rapid growth the company is experiencing, a very good chance you will again very soon. So far, its success is organic. "All of this is possible.

How To Build an Interactive Map with Open-Source Tools | Jon Bruner My interactive migration map for Forbes, showing inbound (blue) and outbound (red) migration to and from Maricopa County, Arizona My latest interactive migration map on Forbes.com improves on the previous version in a few ways: it’s got five years of data instead of one; a brand-new layout; and some much-requested features like a search tool and the ability to switch off the lines. But the upgrade that I’m most excited about is in the code: I built the map using nothing but open-source software, from Python and MySQL to handle the data right down to JavaScript to display the map. I’ve been steadily moving much of my data handling to Python and MySQL, but this is the first map I’ve made using JavaScript, and interactive JS maps are still rare elsewhere, too. The previous map was built in Flash, and I used some other proprietary software to handle the data and tweak the presentation. Overview This year’s map is similar in basic function to last year’s. The Map Adding More Data The IRS Data

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of countries in relation to one another. Whether they're on topics concerning population density, educational level, or even a gauge of internet usage across the world, each serves a purpose of sharing data to enlighten minds. An ever-growing collection of informative maps are available through ChartsBin, Target Map, and the MapPorn subreddit. Top map: reddit Countries That Do Not Officially Use the Metric System Wikimedia Frequency of Lightning Strikes Around the World Citynoise Worldwide Driving Orientation by Country Benjamin D. World's Population Evenly Divided into 7 Regions, Each with 1 Billion People All That is Interesting The Longest Straight Line You Can Sail on Earth reddit Vlad III Tepes Carna Botnet

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