Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lady Anne Blunt in Northern Arabia

In March the Library of Congress posted a series of maps for Women's History Month on their geography and map blog. Their last post was a map showing the journeys of Lady Anne Blunt through northern Arabia.
https://blogs.loc.gov/maps/2016/03/lady-anne-blunt/
Blunt was a British noblewoman who was famous for helping to save the purebred Arabian horse by buying and bringing horses to England. She was the first European woman to cross the Arabian desert in pursuit of these horses. As an interesting side note her mother, Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace is often regarded as the first computer programmer.

Blunt was not a cartographer but her place-specific descriptions of two journeys, in 1878 and 1879, allowed Edward Stanford, a London bookseller and mapmaker (creator of Stanfords Travel Guides) to create this remarkably detailed map.  It shows not just the physical geography of the land, but cultural features such as irrigation and grazing practices, tribal relations and pilgrimage routes.
Here are a couple more zoomed in views.

You can browse and/or download the entire map online at the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Spaces We Love

The American Institute of Architects 2016 Conference opens this week in Philadelphia. The local chapter has put together Spaces We Love - a series of videos in which 11 residents were asked to describe their favorite spaces in the city. This seems like a project in need of a map so I decided to take it on as a learning experience for the CartodB platform. You can interact with it (click the black AIA logos for info and videos) below or see it in full screen here.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tastes of Sweden

A couple of months ago I featured the Flavors of Finland, a map/recipe mashup from Expedia. Now here's the Tastes of Sweden.

Taste of Sweden by ExpediaSE


The traditional provinces are all represented. From their outreach message:
 Due to Sweden's large North–South expanse, the variations between the local recipes and dishes are quite huge, and this piece enables you to explore these on a local level. What is even more special about the piece is the fact that it draws attention to both infamous and lesser known dishes and their rich histories so that in many ways it doubles up as both a test of our local culinary knowledge, and also a really cool education piece because we can click around the map in order to learn about each and every dish – including the likes of the Southern spit cake, salmon spring rolls from Västergötland, hare burgers from Medelpad, and even a lovely reindeer stew from Lappland.
Here is a lovely screen shot in case of page load problems

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MIT's Innovation District

Last week the Boston Globe had a clever map of "The Kendall Network"  I posted it on Twitter but have not had a chance to mention it here. It accompanies an article celebrating the 100th anniversary of MIT's move from Boston to an empty warehouse district of Cambridge. For those unfamiliar with Boston, Kendall Square is the area adjacent to MIT and has recently seen a huge growth in tech companies.
http://www.bostonglobe.com/specials/2016/05/05/mapping-kendall-square-network/whKpe5VayFBBJJD8tsUMWP/igraphic.html
The printed circuit board analogy works great because of the somewhat ordinary (by local standards) street network. If this was Harvard, it would have been much more difficult to make this kind of map. The crazy Harvard Square street network there would have required some major schematic simplification. The Kendall Square area only needed minor adjustments. MIT is the chip that is driving the innovation around it. Nice work Globe graphics team!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mapping the Pitches

Cartographer and (Nottingham) Forest fan Kenneth Field recently mapped 92 Football Association (UK) pitches.  In honor of Leicester City's extremely improbable Premier League title (congrats!) here is King Power Stadium.
http://carto.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b159a7936f9742f6a5e5a4723af80d1c
Each pitch is set against a stark grey background to emphasize the field details.
http://carto.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b159a7936f9742f6a5e5a4723af80d1c
 You can pan and zoom around Great Britain or choose a team from the list.
Personally, I like Norwich because I always seem to back the hard luck teams. Plus I like canaries.
There is also a poster with all the pitches overlaid to show the subtle differences in dimensions and orientations. The dimensions are specified by the football associations, yet there are still subtle differences in the length and width of each pitch. 
http://carto.maps.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=7d4dabb9a71c44aabdcf3d4444e451d4
From the poster text:
Overlaid, they create a spirographic pattern. Ranked by pitch size, they show how clean stature and stadia capacity are unrelated.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Album Covers of New York

A few years ago I did a post on maps on album covers - and a follow-up based on reader suggestions. Here is a map of the locations shown on album covers from Uebermaps, a collaborative platform that lets you create and share maps with others.
https://uebermaps.com/maps/726-the-record-covers-of-new-york
The above parts of Manhattan and Queens cover all kinds of stuff from West Side Story to Nas. A close-up of the Lower East Side takes in Bob Dylan, Foghat, the Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin.
Another user created a map just for places mentioned in Bob Dylan songs. There is a clear spatial pattern of his wanderings.
https://uebermaps.com/maps/2735-bob-dylans-new-york-city
Uebermaps showcases various other public maps, many in Europe such as this one showing record stores in Hamburg.
https://uebermaps.com/maps/591-recordstores-in-hamburg
You can create your own account, take pictures and make your own maps. You can also embed them into your own site like this.




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Aboriginal Language Map

The Aboriginal Language Map is an attempt to represent all of the language, tribal or nation groups of Indigenous Australia. Large groupings of people are mixed with smaller clans, dialects or individual languages. Created by David R Horton, it is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996).
http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/map/default.htm
The page has a nice magnifier so you can see the wealth of detail.
Some areas such as this part of the northern coast have some remarkably detailed diversity.
Cities appear on the map but the text is muted so the important details stand out.
In several places they mention that the map is not suitable for native title or other land claims. It is useful though for distinguishing between Waka Waka and Gubbi Gubbi.