Leaflet: Lightweight JS Library for Interactive Maps


I happened across Leaflet and it looked pretty useful for anyone interested in doing infographics in the future with interactive maps: http://leaflet.cloudmade.com.

From the website: "Leaflet is a modern, lightweight open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. It is developed by CloudMade to form the core of its next generation JavaScript API. Weighing just about 22kb of gzipped JS code, it still has all the features most developers ever need for online maps, while providing a fast, pleasant user experience.

It is built from the ground up to work efficiently and smoothly on both desktop and mobile platforms like iOS and Android, taking advantage of HTML5 and CSS3 on modern browsers. The focus is on usability, performance, small size, A-grade browser support, convention over configuration and an easy-to-use API. The OOP-based code of the library is designed to be modular, extensible and very easy to understand."

Cowbird by Jonathan Harris

This is another really cool project by Jonathan Harris (he also made "We Feel Fine").

"Cowbird is a simple tool for telling stories, and a public library of human experience.

Cowbird is a small community of storytellers, interested in telling deeper, longer-lasting, more nourishing stories than you're likely to find anywhere else on the Web. We are building a public library of human experience, so the knowledge and wisdom we accumulate as individuals may live on as part of the commons, available for this and future generations to look to for guidance.

Cowbird is also experimenting with a new form of participatory journalism, allowing people from all over the world to collaborate in documenting the overarching "sagas" that affect our lives today. Sagas are things like the Japanese earthquake, the war in Iraq, and the Occupy Wall Street movement — things that touch millions of lives and shape the human story. We believe the real story of a saga is the story of every single person touched by the saga. But it's never been possible to tell that kind of story — until now."

American Migration Map

This is a really cool interactive map - check out where people move to from your hometown, or where they came from.  Its only flaw in my opinion is that it takes a bit of exploration to actually see the trends. For instance: try clicking on some tiny counties in Kansas and compare to those on on the Northeast coastline. [link]