Posts Tagged ‘Mashup’

Award for Taxi Fare Estimator (Kelso)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The Washington Post won 5 bronze awards in the Malofiej Infographics competition (SND Spain), including one for my interactive graphic District Taxi Fare Estimator published in January 2008.

Full list of Washington Post winners (all print except mine):

  • Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton for U.S. History of Black Politicians
  • Brenna Maloney and Todd Lindeman for Recession 101
  • Brenna Maloney and Todd Lindeman for explanation of the high price of oil/gas
  • April Umminger and Laura Stanton for the fireworks preview page
  • Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso for the District Taxi Fare Estimator interactive

Read my post on how the interactive was created . . .

Interactive Map: The Shaping of America (Atlantic Mag)

Friday, March 6th, 2009

[Editor’s note: Interactive Google Maps mashup based in Flex (Flash) animating maps of 3 themes showing the US cities and how they stand to benefit or loose from the current economic crises. From the Atlantic, “Urban theorist Richard Florida explains how the current meltdown will forever change our geography.” Thanks Laris!]

Republished from the Atlantic magazine.
Text by Richard Florida. Interactive by Charlie Szymanski.
March 2009 edition.

“No place in the United States is likely to escape a long and deep recession. Nonetheless, as the crisis continues to spread outward from New York, through industrial centers like Detroit, and into the Sun Belt, it will undoubtedly settle much more heavily on some places than on others. Some cities and regions will eventually spring back stronger than before. Others may never come back at all. As the crisis deepens, it will permanently and profoundly alter the country’s economic landscape. I believe it marks the end of a chapter in American economic history, and indeed, the end of a whole way of life.”

Continue reading full article at The Atlantic magazine . . .

View original interactive version. Two more views from the interactive.

A Year of Parking Tickets (NY Times)

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

[Editor's note: This Google Maps mashup inside Flash shows color coded streets in New York City based on the number of parking violations. Preset zooms are provided to certain hot spots and but users can still auto-zoom to their own street addresses.]

Republished from the New York Times.
By Matthew Bloch and Amanda Cox.
Orig. pub. date: Nov. 26, 2008.

New York City agencies issued 9,955,441 parking tickets from July 2007 to June 2008.

Interact with the orignal Flash graphic at New York Times . . .

Gunmen Attack Tourist Sites, Kill Dozens in India (Kelso via TWP)

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
[Editor's note: Miss last week's events in Mumbai? Check out this mashup I did for the Post. It went up Wednesday night and was updated continuously through the conclusion of the attacks Saturday.]
Republished from The Washington Post.

Locator map

At least 174 people were killed and hundreds injured during a series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India that started November 26, 2008. The synchronized attacks struck at the heart of the city’s commercial district. The three-day siege left several Americans dead, including a father and daughter from Virginia and a young Israeli American rabbi and his wife.

Click on the map markers below for more information.

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Reporting by Rama Lakshmi; Graphic by Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso and Larry Nista — The Washington Post.

Go Vote!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

This nifty tool from govote.org lets you type in your home address and then will show you a map with your polling place and it’s address. Thanks Jo!

The same site also has a cell phone version: For mobile polling info, text pp with your address, and zip code, to 69866 or click SMS reminder on a map to send info to your phone.

TimeSpace: Election map-based news viewer (The Washington Post)

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

[Editor's note: I made it back from China just in time to vote this morning at my neighborhood polling place. Coming home to the USA, I am reminded how lucky I am to live in a free, election-driven democracy. Use it or loose it. Please vote today!]

Explore the election with this new tool from The Washington Post.

Interact with original here at washingtonpost.com.

TimeSpace Beta is a map and timeline that allows users to navigate through hundreds of photos, video, articles, tweets, posts and audio related to the national election from around the country. Use the timeline to find out exactly what, when and where a story took place. Click the ? icon in the upper right for help.

Some item locations are approximate. | Sources: AP, Reuters, Newsweek, Twitter, and The Washington Post | TimeSpace Beta verson 0.3 | Feedback and known bugs/issues | Credits: Dan Berko, Chris Buddie, Jesse Foltz and Steven King

New Feature: Cluster Your Map’s Markers (Click2Map)

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[Editor’s note: I learned about this technology from Click2Map for selecting markers in Google maps using a building tool and grouping them together as 1 marker at certain zoom levels. I’m not sure it is the best solution… but I like that the functionality is there. Seems like there should also be a more general solution for auto aggregation and disaggregation based on zoom level. I have seen this at a few sites, including Every Block. There is a tip on this a the ESRI mapping center for more GIS focused folks.]

All content below from Click2Map press release . . .

The team of Click2Map is proud to officially launch a feature that tackles one of the major weaknesses of online maps: Crowded maps.

The experience of maps is often diminished when markers are concentrated in a specific location, therefore lapping over one another. Here at Click2Map, as some of you already know, we are dedicated to take Google Maps to a higher level of control for your various professional needs.

Hence the auto-cluster feature! The auto-cluster feature is an easy-to-use tool of our map editor that will enable you to create a unique marker for each area where markers are too densely concentrated. Visitors can simply click on this unique marker to unveil the list of markers it withholds.

Movie Stars in Hollywood
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The clustering tool enables you to laser-tune the display of your clustered markers based on 3 parameters:
- Clustering rate: the higher the rate, the more markers will be cluttered
- Minimum markers: indicates the number of markers necessary to start building a cluster
- Maximum zoom: indicates from which level of zoom markers won’t be clustered anymore

The video below shows the new auto-clustering tool in action for the Hollywood celebrities’ map we created for the occasion.

To conclude, here is why the auto-clustering tool is a big deal for us:
1. It tackles the problem of markers overlap.
2. It becomes a new productivity tool for power-mapbuilders looking for the perfect map design.
3. It is so easy to apply that even first-time mapbuilders can figure it out on the fly.

Visit Click2Map

CrimeReports.com Mashup

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I came across this nifty professional mashup while looking up a council resolution on my city’s website. CrimeReports.com works with police departments across the US to aggregate crime reports. Please note they only show crimes for the jurisdictions that are subscribed to this service (so in my case the county police reports are showing, but that doesn’t cover all crimes committed in my city). You can even get customized “Crime Alerts” for your neighborhood. They have neat filtering options for Sorting the crimes, Filtering by Date range, and some Location options. Their interface for this the best designed, most compact I’ve seen. Overlapping markers are merged into a marker set. The mashup response is fairly quick, especially considering this is done in the Google Maps JavaScript API. They also have nifty analysis charting options to see trends in the data.

View the mashup at CrimeReports.com . . .

Campaign Donors: FundRace 2008 (Huffington Post)

Monday, October 27th, 2008

[Editor’s note: This mashup from Eyebeam and the Huffington Post maps campaign contributions for the 2008 presidential race down to the house level. Find out who your neighbors are giving $ to! All descriptions below from the Huffington Post site. There is a time lag between when a contribution is made, reported, and published on this site.]


View interactive version at Huffington Post.com . . .

Welcome to FundRace 2008.

Want to know if a celebrity is playing both sides of the fence? Whether that new guy you’re seeing is actually a Republican or just dresses like one? If your boss maxed out at that fundraiser or got comped? Whether your neighbor’s political involvement stops at that hideous lawn sign?

FundRace makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Or you can see if your favorite celebrity is putting their money where their mouth is.

FundRace gives you the technology to do what politicians and journalists have been doing for years: find out where the money’s coming from, see who it’s going to, and solve the mystery of why that crazy ex-roommate of yours is now the Ambassador to Turks and Caicos.

Walking and Cycling With Google Maps (Google Maps Mania)

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Republished from Google Maps Mania.

Mlib’
screen shot of Mlib
French website Vlib celebrated its one year anniversary recently. Vlib is a great map mash-up that shows bike rental locations in Paris. Renaud Euvrard has created a mobile application called Mlib’ that means you can now find bike rental locations on your phone.

It is fairly easy to find a Vélib station in Paris, as they on many street corners, however the stations are often empty. Mlib allows you to find the nearest kiosk with bikes to your current location. Mlib is very quick to load and the content has been kept to a minimum to ensure ease of use.

French speakers can read more about the application on Renaud’s blog Renalid.

MapMyWalk
screen shot of mapmywalk
MapMyFitness, LLC has a host of fitness mapping websites. Google Maps Mania has previously reviewed MapMyRide and MapMyRun.

MapMyWalk allows you to plot your walks on a Google Map. Once you have mapped your walk you can view it in 3D with the Google Earth browser or on a Google Map and share it with your friends. Alternatively you can search for walking maps created by others.

The mapped walks feature a handy terrain view, so you can evaluate a walk’s difficulty. It is also possible to embed a walk in your own website or blog by cutting and pasting a small piece of code.

TFL Cycling Maps

screenshot of TFL cycling map
London’s Transport for London website has added a Google Map of cycling routes in London to its website. To search the map you can choose what type of cycling route you wish to see, cycling paths, cycling on quiet roads or cycling on busier roads. You then have to choose which London borough you wish to find cycling routes for.

Here in lies a big problem. Because you can only view one borough at a time, when a cycling route moves into the next borough you have to guess which map you need to load to see the rest of the route.

There also seems to be a problem with the map’s search option. I tested the map with a route I regularly cycle that is possible without cycling on any roads. For some reason TFL advised me to ignore most of the cycle paths on the route and to take a longer journey on a number of roads.

TFL provide free paper cycling maps for London. At the moment these are a far better option for cyclists.

Via: Mapperz

EveryTrail
screen shot of evertrail
EveryTrail is a GPS mapping community site that features hiking and cycling trails. Currently the site has over 130,000 tracked routes in over 130 countries world wide.

Recently EveryTrail has implemented the Google Maps Flash API to display geo-tagged photos alongside the tracked routes. This new feature means that viewing tracks is now a very pleasurable experience and the photographs give you a real sense of the views you can expect on a hike or ride.

EveryTrail allows you to download a KML of a track to view in Google Earth or download a track to a GPS devise. You can also embed a walk in your own website or blog by cutting and pasting the embed code.

GPSies
screen shot of GPSies
GPSies is a website that allows users to track cycling and hiking routes which have been recorded on a GPS device. It is also possible to download any of the routes to a GPS devise.

Each tracked route can be viewed on a Google Map. The routes come with an altitude profile so it is possible to quickly assess its difficulty. Each track also comes with a number of user ratings for landscape, condition etc.

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