Visualising Washington, D.C.'s transport data

Washington, D.C.'s Department of Transportation (DDOT) has released a new web tool visualising transport data regarding congestion, reliability and accessibility in the district. Showing the data in a graphic way, officials hope to help residents better understand where and when traffic congestion is at its worse. 

The site tracks all types of surface mobility, including personal vehicles, city buses, bicyclists and more, which better quantify and qualify the state of the district’s transportation system performance from a holistic, multimodal perspective. 

Take a look at the site here


Wind Map of the World

A really interactive and useful visualization of the world's wind patterns. You can easily get lost in this searching around the world seeing how things like mountains affect wind patterns.

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Northeastern USA

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Edible Data

This infographic takes data from the Food Network's online recipe database and visualizes it to reveal trends in Americans' eating habits. 

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Uber’s new tool on traffic data mapping helps municipal decision-making

Uber’s new tool, Movement, gives cities a mind-bogglingly detailed view of traffic patterns

Uber’s new tool, Movement, gives cities a mind-bogglingly detailed view of traffic patterns

Uber has launched a new interactive tool, Movement, which maps travel times with the company's vast store of ride data. The site allows users to measure travel times between various parts of a city, tracking how those trips get faster or slower over time.

The site is the first public tool from Uber’s internal team for civic data tools, a group known internally as Project Metropolis. The group hopes to assist city governments to make more informed transit decisions with the company's massive store of rider data. The tool currently contains data on Washington, DC, Sydney, and Manila at launch. The company plans to expand the tool to every major city where the company operates.

Source: The Verge



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:

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."

Interstate Highway as Metro

After clicking through Levi's last post, I stumbled upon this article in the archives.  I'm a huge fan of subway maps and how metro systems are designed for wayfinding, so this image really resonates with me.  In my opinion it does a better job of diagrammatically laying out the US Interstate Highway system than previous attempts, and uses a color scheme/logic that is halfway between the iconic London Tube map and Madrid Metro's latest map design.  Click the map for the full-scale version.

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]

Crowdsourced Cartography

Our recent work reminded me of this project that started a few years ago. Crowdsourcing and points of interest are really nothing new to the social web, but I thought this project was really interesting in that it actually allows you to edit the existing geographic structure.  As shown in the picture below, if you find inconsistencies between your map and the real world, you can go ahead and change it for yourself.  This really calls into question the role of the cartographer, as we discussed during the readings on Tuesday.  Not only is his role removed, but his original work can actually be changed.

New Yorkistan

One of my all-time favorite New Yorker covers by Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz.  After 9/11, the duo remade the map of New York and it's neighborhoods as a collection of places based on Middle Eastern countries.  Part zeitgeist, part humor, and part response to the nation's growing Islamophobia, this cover is both cheeky and controversial.