Four Million Commutes Reveal New U.S. 'Megaregions' An ever increasing share of the world’s population is living in what are known as megaregions—clusters of interconnected cities. The concept of the megaregion is decades old and fairly easy to grasp, but geographically defining them has turned out to be rather tricky. Now, researchers have attempted to map the megaregions of the contiguous United States by studying the commutes of American workers. As megaregions grow in size and importance, economists, lawmakers, and urban planners need to work on coordinating policy at this new scale. But when it comes to defining the extent of a megaregion, they find themselves running into the same problems geographers and cartographers have always had when trying to delineate conceptual areas.
How to Create a Minimalist Map Design With OpenStreetMap Mapping can be as much about choosing what data not to include as to include, so you can best focus your audience on the story you are telling. Oftentimes with data visualization projects, the story isn’t about the streets or businesses or parks, but rather about the data you’re trying to layer on the map. To help people visualize data like this, I’ve started to design a new minimal base map for [OpenStreetMap]( What’s great about OpenStreetMap is that the data is all [open]( This means I can take the data and design a totally custom experience.
Create your own Street View Have you ever tried to convey the feeling of walking through your favorite park? Or have you wanted to create an interactive tour of a memorable journey? Well, starting today, it's now possible for you to build your own Street View experiences to do just that. Big data study finds most productive people work in sprints: 52 minutes, rest for 17 A new big data study claims to have found a formula for ultimate productivity: work 52 consecutive minutes and then ditch the computer for 17 minutes of rest. Worker productivity monitoring company, DeskTime, sorted through volumes of data on how quickly workers performed tasks and found interesting patterns in the elite, Olympic athletes of the office. “The reason the most productive 10% of our users are able to get the most done during the comparatively short periods of working time is that their working times are treated as sprints,” wrote Julia Gifford at the DeskTime Blog. DeskTime’s results can’t be compared to the results found in university research: First, DeskTime has a limited population, and it can only make claims about the kinds of companies that willingly buy its software. Second, averages tend to give us misleading precision. Just like the average family does not have 2.5 children, few if any people experiences their maximum productivity time in exactly 52 minutes.
Heat maps reveal where you feel emotions in your body Yeah this is very misleading. It's as much a heat map as the colors on Taco Bell sauce packets are. Although the images appear to be heat related and the author refers to the brighter color as a 'warm glow', as far as I can tell these have nothing at all to do with heat - they are merely self-reported 'maps' of where on their bodies people felt differences after viewing words or images associated with different feelings. That really does need to be made more clear. I know this is a science website, where most of the userbase knows not to make that assumption, but this story is clearly doing the rounds in popular media because it looks like the results of an emotion scanning machine, when really it's just the illustrated results of a survey.
colonisation of Africa Before Africa was colonised, the continent was characterised by a large degree of pluralism and flexibility. The continent consisted not of closed reproducing entities, equipped with unique unchanging cultures, but of more fluid units that would readily incorporate outsiders (even whites) into the community as long as they accepted its customs, and where the sense of obligation and solidarity went beyond that of the nuclear family ~stiffkitten SEE ALSO: Africa has more than 2000 native languages spoken, how do they keep up Most people will be forgiven for thinking Africa’s borders were always the way they are today. In-fact European colonisation of Africa developed rapidly in the Scramble for Africa of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Below are maps of Africa before and after colonisation.
florida/1860slavepop Powered by WorldMap florida/1860slavepop Sign in | Create Map | View Map | Help Search for geospatial data Online Maps with Leaflet So you want to make a webpage with a Leaflet.js map: You can use to set up your page and show the code to us online. We’ll explain how to get to a working map, and you can send people a direct link to the final product by adding /show/light to your URLs. For example
The rise of OpenStreetMap: A quest to conquer Google’s mapping empire om·ni·pres·entadjective \-zənt\: present in all places at all times This definition of omnipresent sums up many facets of society. Fast food chains? Everywhere. Hiring a Juggler Hiring a JugglerCircus Manager: How long have you been juggling?Candidate: Oh, about six years. Manager: Can you handle three balls, four balls, and five balls?Candidate: Yes, yes, and yes. Manager: …knives, axes, open cigar boxes, floppy hats?Candidate: I can juggle anything.