Featured Maps Articles

The Prejudice Map

Although probably not created using any form of GIS, this map, called The Prejudice Map, was created by doing google searches for the phrase " are known for *" and applying that information to a map. Created by the site Google Blogoscoped, the map is an amusing read, even if it isn't "true". However, looking at the top responses, some of the results are pretty interesting: United Kingdom - fair play, aristocratic kitchens, extremely unclean, rarely complaining Norway - thriftiness, openness and humor, love of fish Sweden - austerity, drinking coffee, carving Viking longboats Brasil - informality, partying, bikinis Canada - cultural diversity, humility and kindness, liking …

Internet Mapping is the new black

News.com has an interesting article about internet mapping and "mashups" that are revolutionizing the internet. As part of their series called "Taking back the Web", News.com discusses the numerous different uses for internet mapping sites and how these different mashups, most involving Google Maps, are igniting whole new economies. In particular the article discusses the potential to target local advertising based on searches of maps for things like local restaurants. In addition, there are numerous links to mashups of all kinds.

Gangland Map

UIUC has a Gangland Map on the UIUC Library website that was done in 1931 and shows the various gangs involved in the famous gang wars, their respective territories. More about the library's online offerings after the Jump. The UIUC site contains a large array of maps, mostly historical and with detailed descriptions, very well suited for searching. For a list of maps available try the search term maps in the library search engine. It appears that MrSID versions were or will be available of some of the offerings, although when I tried to access them, the web server gave …

Old school maps...really old school

The New York Public Library is hosting an exhibition entitled Treasured Maps, which runs from September 9, 2005 through April 9, 2006 and features 80 fine maps dating from the 1600s to the present. Although I haven't been, it looks like another great excuse to go to New York. More details after the jump. The exhibition is pulled from some 400,000 maps in the collection of the Library and represents a fascinating cross-section of the holdings, according to the press material. The collection's home is being renovated (to reopen in December 2005) and this exhibition is to serve as …

Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Map

I missed this macabre little map in time for Halloween, but better late than never. As pointed out by others, the Golden Gate bridge isn't just a famous tourist attraction, its also the site of over 1,203 suicides. For the truly macabre the San Francisco Chronicle also has an accompanying article and chart of suicides by year.

Frapper! provides community mapping

Another in a long string of recent Google Maps hacks, Rising Concepts has created a service called Frapper! that provides groups of people with similar interests a way to share their general location. The collaborative map site is basically a database that stores course map information (zip codes and international city names) along with an annotation (such as your name, picture, and a "shoutout"). When you bring up their map page, it overlays the points onto Google Maps and now you have a map of your group, or your interest. The purposes of the maps range from just communities of …

National Atlas

The National Atlas is a US government site that provides access to government mapping data in an interactive form. With oodles of background data, you can create maps representing everything from crime to crops.

Lawrence's Map of Arabia

For those of you who have seen the movie or, dare I dream, read the book, The Map Room has a link to a newly found map created by the late T.E. Lawrence. Amazing the things you can find when you do a little spring cleaning. Apparently the British National Archives had misfiled Lawrence's Peace Map indicating his ideas on dividing up the middle east after WWI. While the image is a little small, those of you in London anytime between now and April 17th can view the original at the National Archives.

Pop vs Soda

Our first featured map is Pop Vs Soda.com's main map. Although 3 years out of date at this point, Pop Vs Soda is still an interesting site showing more interesting kinds of data you can tabulate geographically.