acrylic on canvas by Paula Scher, 2007
The Hispanic population in the United States has grown significantly in the past decade, with Latinos now making up every 1 in 6 residents. Much of the rapid growth - 118 counties have experienced a population change of more than 250%, four have experienced change of more than 1000% - is in the South and Midwest, areas that previously had low Hispanic populations. This morning NPR kicked off a series chronicling this population change and how its changing our overall makeup as a country and impacting towns across the United States. As part of its coverage, NPR is using an interactive map of Census data to show the story of population change.
Mass transit maps can be a big part of the visual culture of cities. The more iconic the map, the more likely it is to be turned into a t-shirt, an umbrella, even a shower curtain. Here’s a look at 20 different subway system maps that serve as a window into the culture of their respective cities.
Maps + Mashups + Conflicts + History = Conflict History
Part amazing, part depressing, Conflict History is a Google Maps timeline mashup that lets you browse from past to present to learn about the world’s conflicts.
The screenshot above shows 2001-2010. Selecting the Info icon on the left gives background information on the conflict with additional links to related materials. The slider on the bottom brings you forward and back in time.
For example, we just learned about the Sicilian Wars of 600 to 264 BCE.
Most of the content is pulled from Wikipedia and Freebase, a Creative Commons licensed data source.
When news breaks in some part of the world, you are often curious to know what the local newspapers of that country have to say on that event. The question is how do you find all the good news outlets of that region?
Enter Newspaper Map, a comprehensive catalogue of all the prominent newspapers of the world arranged on a Google Map. You can zoom-in to any region of the map, or use the search feature, to see the names all of the major newspapers that are published from a particular region.