Monday, March 28, 2011

Were do all the rental bikes pedal?

A London cycle hire company has collected data from the first million trips that these bicycles have taken. They have mapped out based on date ranges where these bikes have gone, what time of day they were used, and which paths were used more often.

You can even filter based on a bike ID and see data based on a single bike. To find out more information on this, and play with the data, you can find the link here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Science Fiction fan?

Well then this map created by Ward Shelley showing the History of Science Fiction will thrill you, even if just a little bit.

Everyone from Asmov, Jules Verne, to of course Tron, Star wars, and RoboCop.They cover Dime novels,The Gothic Novel, Steam Punk and even New Space Opera! Click the Image to see it larger and be in awe!

Monday, March 21, 2011

International Domain Names Map

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( ICANN) assigns IP addresses, and certain domains to certain countries, such as .jp at the end of an url for a webpage directing to Japan.

Recently ICANN distributed the last of the IPv4 addresses to organizations around the world.
Seemingly as a solution to this they have started creating domains that are in the countries prominent script,and in some cases scripts.

Algeria would be .الجزائر, Georgia would be .გე,Sri Lanka would have .இலங்கை as well as .ලංකා, and the Russian Federation would be .рф to name a few.

The map above, created by John Yunker, shows the new Internationalized domain names for each area, to see larger click here!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ever try to dig a hole to China while at the beach?

Luis Cipriani has created a site that helps you dig a figurative hole directly across the globe from any point with out all the dirt and work!

From Ann arbor we would end up in Indian Ocean. Where would you end up from your home? Try it here!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Third Thursday!

Mapping Sci
Thursday March 17, 4:00-7:00 pm
Third Thursday at the Map Library, Open House
University of Michigan, Hatcher Graduate Library, Library Gallery, First Floor

Please join us for this special Third Thursday in the Library Gallery. Our theme for March is “Mapping Science” in conjunction with the current Library Gallery exhibit Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, a traveling exhibit created by Dr. Katy Borner of Indiana University. The exhibit was created to demonstrate the power of maps to navigate and manage physical places but also abstract topic spaces. It introduces knowledge mapping techniques to the general public. It is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. Please join us, students, faculty and the public are welcome!

Monday, March 14, 2011

In some cities a map is right at your feet.

While most cities or even countries can not boast of fancy manhole covers, the few that do also can boast to having maps at the feet of their inhabitants.

First off we have this lovely example in Seattle

Next is Anaheim
For the next we have to travel across the globe to Akashi, Japan. This manhole aptly shows that the 135th meridian as it cuts through japan, with Akashi being the "Meridian Town".

Last but surely not least we have another from the city Nemuro, Japan.

Have I missed out on one you know? Post it in a comment!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan's great earthquake.

The tragedy that happened in the early morning of today not only devistated many people, but moved the coast line nearly 8 feet. If that was not enough, the earths axis has also been shifted ten inches. Read more about this at the Vancouver Sun as well as see more maps and charts featuring the Tsunami and Earthquake.

Are you a mapaholic? Does just the idea of a topographic map get your blood boiling?

If having a couple maps on your walls just isn't enough, there is good news! You can spread the love of maps to your dinnerware! A company name Topoware has created a full dining experience that allows you to stare at the topographic map of your dinner.

And if that wasn't enough you can top your table off with a topographic bowl of New York made by Fredrick Roije.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Come and check out a new Exhibit tomorrow!

Tomorrow , March 10th our new exhibit, Places & Spaces- Mapping Science, opens up. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. with speakers Dr. Katy Borner and Dr. Mark E.J. Newman. This exhibit has been featured in Wired, Data as Art: 10 Striking Science Maps, which shows a few of the fabulous maps that have been featured in the past and are being featured now.
This exhibit will be featured until May 24th in the Hatcher Graduate building in the Gallery, room 100.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Grand World Fair!

This colorful map depicts the 1940's World Fair which was located in New York City.
For a better view of the map click on the image and for more details, including a link to a map of section 15, General Motors exhibit, click here.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Elementary, my dear Watson...

Sherlock Holmes is known throughout the world, but never has a floor plan of his living quarters existed quite like this.
Thanks to artist Russell Stutler, who read all 60 books twice, we can see exactly what Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle has described the brilliant detective's quarters to be. Click the Image above to see more detail or here to see notes by the artist on the image.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

What if rivers were mapped like subway lines?

Maps made would look much like this one created by Cartographer Daniel Huffman.

This talented cartographer has turned not just Michigan's water system into subway stops on their way to the Great Lakes but many other waterways as well. To see some of his other maps and for more information you can visit his site here.