Thursday, July 31, 2014

One Man's War Remembered

On the 1st August 1914 Germany declared war on Russia. Germany followed this up, two days, later by declaring war on France. One day later Britain declared war on Germany. The First World War had truly begun.

One hundred years later the pace of World War I mapping is also gathering in momentum. The latest World War I map is this impressive Esri Story Map about one Australian farm-hand's journey from rural Victoria to his death in action on the grim battlefields of Gallipoli.

It is hard for anyone to fathom the sheer scale of the over 16 million deaths of World War I. For King and Country - John Henry Cartwright's Gallipoli campaign 1914-1915 focuses on just one of those 16 million life and death stories and is all the more poignant for it. The map traces John Cartwright's journey from Victoria in Australia to Gallipoli. The map is illustrated by vintage photographs, archive film and some of Cartwright's own military records.

The map is a fitting memorial to the sacrifice made by John Henry Cartwright and somehow even brings more clearly into focus the lives of the millions of other servicemen and women who died fighting in World War I.

How Good is Your Country?

My country is the 7th goodest in the world. How good is your country?

The Good Country Index is a recently launched initiative to rank the countries of the world by how much they contribute to the common good of humanity. The index ranks countries in a number of different areas, including science & technology, international peace & security and planet & climate.

The rankings themselves are based on 35 data sets from the United Nations, other international agencies and from a few NGO's.

The Goodcountry Map allows you to view the overall rankings for each country and to view the country rankings for each of the individual ranked categories. The map provides a heatmap view for each category and you can also click on individual countries to view their ranking in each category.

The Oslo to Bergen Trekking Map

Today Bjørn Sandvik set out on an epic trek from Oslo to Bergen in Norway. You can follow Bjørn's progress live on an impressive Leaflet map. Oslo-Bergen Til Fots (Oslo-Bergen on Foot) shows Bjørn's live position, photos he has taken on his trek and an elevation profile.

The map on its own is pretty amazing. What is truly awesome, however, is that Bjørn's blog Thematic Mapping has been recording the creation of this map over the last few months. Read the blog and you can find out how the map was built and even grab some of the code behind the map.

For example, Showing Instagram Photos and Videos on a Leaflet Map discusses the Leaflet plug-in (and gives the GitHub link for the plug-in) he created to add Instagram photos to the map. Other posts on the blog explain how to use a SPOT Satellite Messenger to track and map your trips and how to create an elevation profile.

Photos of World War One - Then and Now

UK real-estate website Rightmove has created an interesting interactive which allows you to compare historical photographs taken during World War I with the same view depicted today in Google Maps Street View.

Then + Now is a series of World War I photos superimposed on top of the same location on Street View. A slide control allows you to swipe back and forth to compare the World War I photo with the modern Street View. You can learn more about each of the historical photos depicted by clicking on the information button on each photo.

Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid has also been using Street View to identify the locations of photographs taken in the First World War. After identifying the locations depicted in the photos Macdiarmid was able to visit the places in person and take a picture from roughly the same angle.

The Washington Post has published a collection of these photos. The Hallowed Ground of World War One, Then and Now superimposes the historical views on top of the modern photos captured by Macdiarmid. To reveal the modern view you need to mouse-over the photos to show the modern photo beneath.

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty has created a neat mapped visualization which allows you to compare the 1914 map of Europe to the 2014 map of Europe. Europe 1914 and 2014 allows you to compare the two maps and view how the map of Europe has changed dramatically over the last one hundred years. Swipe to the left to reveal the 1914 map and swipe to the right to view the 2014 map.

As you swipe to reveal the 2014 map you can can say goodbye to the German, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Russian Empires and say hello to Poland, Finland and a number of other new countries in Eastern Europe.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Rudest Places in Australia

Aussies in the state of South Australia just can't stop swearing, at least that seems to be the lesson to be learned from their Twitter messages. Languages of Australia is a map showing the languages of geolocated tweets in Australia. It also shows where people used profanities in their Tweets.

The map uses Twitter data from 6th June 2013 until March 14th 2014. It reveals that South Australia is the state where the must profanities were made during that time. However although it was the rudest state the rudest suburb is actually in New South Wales, where the Twitter users of Illawarra Catchment Reserve used profanities in over a third of all their Twitter messages.

The top non-English languages used in Tweets are displayed on the map with coloured dots. You can also select any of the languages from a drop-down menu to view the number of Tweets made in the language in each suburb.

Mapping the Histories

Herodotus, the Father of History, was a fifth century Greek historian. The Histories of Herodotus recounts the origins of the Great War between the Greeks and Persians and the rise of the Persian Empire.

The Hestia Project was set-up to carry out geospatial analysis of Herodotus's Histories. Part of that project includes this Herodotus Timemap. The Timemap connects the text of the Histories with a Simile timeline to allow users to visualize geographical references in the Histories on a Google Map.

As you progress through the chapters of the Histories the markers automatically update on the map to show the referenced locations. You can also progress through the text and the map by using the Simile timeline.

GapVis has also created a very similar text, Simile timeline and Google Map of Herodotus' Histories. GapVis is an interface for exploring locations referenced in a number of historical texts. The project aims to geo-tag and show the locations of ancient places mentioned in some of the key books from and about the ancient world.

Currently the interface allows you to explore texts such as Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The Works of Flavius Josephus, The First and Thirty-third Books of Pliny's Natural History as well as Herodotus' Histories.

The GapVis Map of the Histories also includes an interesting breakdown of the most mentioned places in the text and the number of times that they are mentioned.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

T-Shirt Mapping

SourceMap has being mapping product supply chains for a number of years. Sourcemap is a crowd-sourced directory of supply chain and environmental footprint maps for thousands of different well known and lesser known products.

SourceMap can be a great resource for businesses, providing them with an easy way to create an OpenStreetMap showing where all their core materials are sourced. For consumers SourceMap provides a great way to research the supply chains of products to help them make more informed purchasing decisions.

Businesses that want to create a supply chain map can also make their own maps or use a narrative mapping platform, such as Esri's Story Maps or CartoDB's Odyessey.js. That is the route taken by T-shirt manufacturers Loomstate.

Loomstate has used Odyssey.js to create The Loomstate Difference, a narrative map which guides potential consumers through the manufacture of a Loomstate T-shirt, from the sourcing of materials to the finished product.

From cotton farm to cotton mill, from cotton to garment, from dying to printing the map takes you on a journey through each process of the manufacturing of a Loomstate T-shirt.

The Future Weather Map

I estimate that I have reviewed over a 100 weather forecasting maps on Google Maps Mania over the last few years. This is definitely the first weather map I've reviewed which attempts to forecast the weather 86 years from now.

Climate Central has created an interesting interactive map which can show you what the summer temperatures will be like, where you live, in the year 2100. Future Summers allows you to enter a city or town name and then reveals what the temperature should be like in 2100. The map also shows you a town or city which currently has similar summer temperatures. For example, summer in Chicago in the year 2100 will be similar to the current summer temperatures in Texas.

The 2100 temperatures are based on current climate change predictions. Climate Central say that on average summer temperatures are projected to raise by 7-10°F.

Mapping the Fallen of the First World War

The Royal British Legion is hoping to commemorate every Commonwealth serviceman and woman who died in World War I. Every Man Remembered allows you to commemorate relatives who died in the First World War or leave a commemoration for someone that hasn't yet been given a tribute.

Every Man Remembered includes a Google Map showing the resting places of Commonwealth soldiers around the world. If you select a cemetery on the map you can view details about the individual servicemen and women from the First World War who are buried or commemorated there. If you select an individual serviceman or woman from the map you can read details about their service and life.

If you have information about a Commonwealth serviceman or woman who died in the war you can add your information and photos of them to the records.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Create a Customized Trip Map

The KLM Must See application is a pretty cool tool to create a nice customized map for an upcoming trip. Using the application you can choose a city which you plan to visit soon and create a map of places you want to visit.

Using the application you can easily add places to the map which you want to visit on your trip. The map uses the Google Places API, so that as you type in a venue it should automatically appear beneath the search box. You just need to select the correct suggestion and a map pin is automatically added to the map. This also means that you can type in generic terms, such as 'museum' or 'gallery' to view a list of these venues in your chosen city.

The application also allows you to connect with your friends, via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail invite, so that they can recommend places on the map for you to visit.

The KLM map also makes good use of the Styled Maps feature in the Google Maps API to create a map in the KLM livery colors. The folded paper effect on the KLM map uses a well established image masking trick.