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Google maps tutorial (part 5/5): How to create Fusion Tables heat map Tutorial goals: understand the ideas behind Google Fusion Tables heat maps; create an interactive map showing state-by-state U.S. population, as shown in the sample below. (This post is part five of a 5-part tutorial on creating Fusion Tables intensity map; the other parts are listed as related posts at end of this post) How Fusion Tables works to create heat maps It is essential that you understand the idea and the steps in creating a Fusion Tables map; otherwise, you will easily get lost when working on the demo map in this tutorial. In its simplest form, a Fusion Tables map is a fusion, or merger, of two tables.

15 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed Memorial Day weekend has arrived in a hurry, spreading some unseasonably cold weather across the country. If you've been busy prepping for your weekend getaway plans and haven't had time to check out the news — don't worry, we've got you covered. It has been another busy week for us at Mashable, and we rounded up the top 15 digital media resources in social media and tech for you here, including news on Microsoft's new Xbox One.

DEVICE 6 A surreal thriller in which the written word is your map DEVICE 6 plays with the conventions of games and literature, entwines story with geography and blends puzzle and novella, to draw players into an intriguing mystery of technology and neuroscience. Anna wakes up in a castle on a remote island, with little recollection of how she got there. All she remembers is an unusually unpleasant doll… gotransmedia - connect. cogitate. convince In February 2014, ARTE and German public broadcaster BR launched the interactive platform 24h for its transmedia project and 24-hour long documentary “24h Jerusalem”. The platform features complementary second-screen content. On April 12, the program will air online, on ARTE (both in France and Germany), BR and the Norwegian channel NRK.

Reilhac runs with ‘ultra-trail’ transmedia project EXCLUSIVE: Former Arte Cinema chief also developing interactive film geo-location App Cinema City. Former Arte Cinema chief Michel Reilhac, who left the Franco-German broadcaster last November to focus on his transmedia interests, has announced his first major project: a multi-platform work exploring the world of the high endurance sport ultra-trailing. “It’s a personal project which I’ve been writing for some two years,” explains Reilhac, who has reactivated his production company Mélange, which was mothballed during his time at Arte, and now defines himself as an auteur and transmedia consultant and producer. Provisionally entitled Ultra-trail, the work draws inspiration from the world of ultra-trailing, an increasingly popular sport consisting of 150 to 200-kilometre marathons, such as the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc and Grand Canyon Ultra Marathon, in which participants run for some 40 hours non-stop. Cinema City Consultant

How to build an interactive choropleth map with barely any code Patrick Garvin, a designer and graphic artist with The Boston Globe, has built a handy web application called Mr. Map Generator to build interactive maps of the United States. You supply the data you want to visualize and Garvin allows you to customize how the states are shaded and how many shades you want to use. You can preview your map and then copy and paste the simple Javascript into a set of files he provides. Upload to your website and voilá: an interactive choropleth map of the United States: 'Canned hunting': the lions bred for slaughter They are adorably cute, with grubby brown fur so soft it seems to slip through my fingers like flour. It is only when one of the nine-week-old cubs playfully grabs my arm with its teeth and squeezes with an agonising grip that I remember – this is a lion, a wild animal. These four cubs are not wild, however.

Interactive Documentary Shorts Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill's acclaimed documentary project Empire is an investigation into the aftershocks of the first global capitalist endeavor. In the 17th century, the colonists and mercenaries of the Dutch East and West India Companies laid claim to lands stretching from the Cape of Good Hope to the Indonesian archipelago, and from New York to South America's Wild Coast. The impact of their actions can still be seen in the cultures—and bloodlines—of people and communities in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Empire tells the stories of individuals and communities whose lives are still in some way defined by Dutch colonialism. The Plug-In Studio Social issue games as a platform for dialogue The Street Arcade games were created through a collaboration between 13 teen artists and Plug-In Studio co-founders Steve Ciampaglia and Kerry Richardson. The games were originally intended to be played at the Street Arcade event, where the teen artists directly engaged community members in discussions about the issues. Buy you can play them online--click on the icons below to load a game in your browser. Learn more about the project here.

An Oral History of Burning Man, the Biggest, Weirdest, Most Clothing-Optional Desert Carnival on the Planet Feeling the flame at Burning Man 1991. Photo: George Post Evolution of the man: 1989. 9 free mapping tools and resources for visual storytelling The resources available for working with data and visualising it have become more numerous and more accessible in recent years. "We find ourselves in this perfect storm where suddenly journalists, everybody, is paying attention to data and the ability to collect data and create new data," Vizzuality's Andrew Hill told earlier this year. Vizzuality created open source mapping tool CartoDB, and the team also set up "the map academy" where journalists can access free resources to learn more about online mapping.

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