Cussin' maps


America's preferences for naughty words, mapped by state by Jack Grieve.

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Countries sized to match their online population


"This map shows the total number of Internet users in a country (size of the country) as well as the percentage of the population that has Internet access (shade of the country)."

Looks similar to a 2014 visualization by other researchers. Read the rest

Maps reveal San Francisco's streams and springs

Even locals don't know they're there, but Seep City reveals the groundwater diverted or otherwise concealed by development—which may yet be useful to parched inhabitants. Read the rest

Map shows where world's oldest and youngest populations live

The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.

Fascinating guide to antique space maps (Also, the Earth is square)


Above, a map of the "Square and Stationary Earth" (1893) by a Professor Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs, South Dakota. Read the rest

Europe, China, India & US comfortably fit into Africa's landmass

The most common way of representing Africa on maps and globes dramatically understates the size of the continent. Read the rest

Obesity map of Europe (Update: and America)


If Turkey and Britain are the happiest nations in Europe, maybe this is why! Read the rest

Amazing sea floor maps reveal California's offshore depths

The California Seafloor Mapping Program is the most extensive of its kind, initiated in 2008 and bearing fruit in a series of beautiful maps.

Google Maps promises to stop racist trolls messing with maps—but how?


Struck by a succession of abusive scrawlings going live on its popular maps service, Google has apologized and promised to retool the service to prevent it from happening in future.

"This week, we had some problems with Google Maps, which was displaying results for certain offensive search queries," wrote Jen Fitzpatrick, a Vice President of Engineering and Product Development, explaining how Google's system slurped up the offensive terms because of how it incorporates "online discussions" of particular places. "… This surfaced inappropriate results that users likely weren’t looking for."

Earlier this week, it was found that when given offensive search terms, Google would return inappropriate locations. Queried with "nigga house," for example, Google would offer the White House.

Howard University, reported one internet user, "shows up as ‘N***er University’ on Google Maps."

The benefits of algorithmic changes will be seen soon, Fitzpatrick promised, and Google will continue to refine its software over time: "Simply put, you shouldn’t see these kinds of results in Google Maps, and we’re taking steps to make sure you don't."

Maps, like much in the Googleverse, is comprised significantly of information added by users or algorithmically incorporated into its dataset—unvetted and often dependent on community reporting when something goes awry.

Google recently shuttered another crowdsourced component of Google Maps due to repeated addition of naughty and offensive landscape features that were not, in fact, there. Read the rest

Google mothballs map-making feature


Does U.S. President Obama share office space with an outfit called "Edwards Snow Den"? No, he does not, which—among many similar instances of "vandalism"—is why Google Maps is mothballing its Map Maker feature.

Google's Pavithra Kanakarajan writes:

As some of you know already, we have been experiencing escalated attacks to spam Google Maps over the past few months. The most recent incident was particularly troubling and unfortunate - a strong user in our community chose to go and create a large scale prank on the Map. As a consequence, we suspended auto-approval and user moderation across the globe, till we figured out ways to add more intelligent mechanisms to prevent such incidents.

"It's going to take longer than a few days" to figure out something better than manual approval of edits, she added. [via] Read the rest

Minimalist landscape maps

Michael Pecirno created a set of "minimalist maps" each showing the density of just one thing in the U.S. [via FlowingData] Read the rest

Age of Discovery-style map of modern submarine cables

You can explore it interactively for free and download a jumbo wallpaper JPEG, but the print edition is $250. Read the rest

Map pins pop songs that mention cities

Map maker Javier Arce created a world map locating 212 cities referenced in 7,681 pop songs. Click on a city and you can instantly play the related songs through Spotify.

To create this map Javier extracted a list of the cities with their respective countries and created a table. Then he geocoded that table to get the position of each city on the map.

Next, he extracted all the song information in the main article using regular expressions and infinite amounts of patience. It generated a CSV file that he imported into his CartoDB account. Javier ended up having a table that contained the name of the song, the author, and the city.

Music Map Mashup [CartoDB Blog] Read the rest

Meet Daniel Reeve, calligrapher for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

Artist Daniel Reeve created and re-created calligraphy and maps for Peter Jackson's films of the Tolkein adventures in Middle-earth. His gallery of images includes maps and illustrations as well as calligraphy and lettering. Some examples below:

Daniel Reeve website (h/t TMarizzle) Read the rest

Interactive map: World population by latitude and longitude

André Christoffer Andersen created this nifty interactive map that estimates world population at any coordinate. Read the rest

The dirty secret of Google's self-driving cars

They've 700,000 miles, but mostly the same few thousand miles, over and over again -- because the cars only work if every single light, piece of street furniture, and other detail is mapped and verified by armies of human and computer analysts, and when anything changes, the mapping needs to be re-created. Read the rest

Map: Which states' governors are climate deniers?

Thinking of moving and wondering whether your new state's chief executive is a climate-denier? Read the rest

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