This page includes links to our favorite map-related sites from all over the world.
Map Room Blog
My blog of the week is the Map Room Blog, created by Jonathan Crowe. Although it is not currently being updated, there are some great archived pieces about a range of geographic regions and topics. In particular, I found some posts on the issue of projection (go to Archives>Cartography – Map Projections) that address problems with mapping caused by the mapmaker’s choice of projection, an important factor of a map’s arbitrary conventions.
My map link for the week the Big Map Blog, created by a man going by the pseudonym of 59KING. This blog is actually where my Rand-McNally Map of the Week came from. It is an intriguing site where you can find pieces ranging from useful maps to find directions or railways to pictorial maps that have no street names and are more concentrated on the images. With over 41 pages of different maps and an almost daily addition, the possibilities are vast of what you might find. I highly suggest you take a good look at this blog.
Map Tumblr Page:
Maps on the Web is the perfect site for any hipster who enjoys perusing Tumblr. This page has thousands of maps ranging from scientific to artistic. Each map is so interesting, you will most likely spend all afternoon on this site when you have a final to study for. So, if you have a few hours to kill and want to look like the coolest cat in Starbuck’s go check out Maps on the Web.
Demographic Maps Link
Sticking to the theme of demographics from my map post for the week, the CensusScope is an interactive and very interesting website that allows the viewer to visually understand the demographics of the country. This site covers race, population, age, and much more regarding statistics of citizens in America. This link carries you to the 2000 census maps and data, unfortunately with the government shutdown, I was unable to post the link to the 2010 updated maps. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post the revised link in the near future…as of now however, that does not seem very likely.
1.) Virender Ajmani, the creator of this blog, posts interesting maps he found on the web, along with maps he created. Ajmani uses Google Maps and other Map sources to create his own maps. For example, he uses Google Maps and the research he performed on Whitney Houston to create a map that accurately plots out Houston’s life. He includes the date and the exact place where she was born, performed, died, etc. The map shows the viewer the buildings where all of these events took place accompanied by a blurb stating what happened at that event. Some other maps by Ajmani include a Valentine’s Day Map, which guides the user to local flower shops, movie theatres, etc., once a location is input, a World’s Happiest Countries Map, which takes the viewer to these countries and gives information about these countries, such as percent thriving, percent struggling, percent suffering, and several maps about earthquakes that outline important details about the specific earthquake, such as the destruction and how many lives were lost. Overall this blog is very intriguing because it was all started as a result of one man’s interest in mapping. Ajmani has created many maps that outline current events and his blog makes it easier for people to understand current situations.
2.) This site contains a lot of information about the sports world. It lists several sports such as soccer, football, ice hockey, rugby, etc., and several world leagues of each sport. For example, there is only one football league and that is the National Football League, but under the category of soccer, some leagues include English Premier League, Belgian Pro League, and Major League Soccer. For each league listed, there is a link to a map, which uses Google Maps to point out all the stadiums used in each league. In the Major League Soccer Map, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, along with all the other stadiums in the United States and Canada that the Major League Soccer uses are listed. Once a stadium is clicked on, it displays the name of the stadium, the address, the capacity, the team that is based from that area, and the team’s website. This website is primarily for sports fans, but nonetheless is very informative to those who want to learn about sports.
3.) The link posted is part of the website twistedsifter.com, and contains 41 maps that are all fun and odd. These maps are not as detailed or sophisticated as a map you would find in an atlas; however, they are fun to look at and most of them show the viewer things that a regular map necessarily would not. Some of these maps include a map of the longest straight line one could sail around the globe, a map of Europe with each country’s name replaced by the meaning of that name in Chinese, a United States map of the highest earning public employees by state, a map of the various times zones in Antarctica, and a map where the country’s flag is placed on each country. Though the wide range of maps that exist on this link were probably created just for plain fun, they are actually very informative.
The maps posted on this blog takes a look at the roots of mapmaking and how it has evolved since the first maps ever created. It’s interesting to see how some of these antique maps depicted reality at the time using selectivity and specific projections. Each map explains its relevance and importance in history with its descriptive historical background. The maps posted on this blog are very similar to something you may stumble upon in the rare book room of a library!
This is the website I got my map of the week from, and I found it extremely interesting. The site has hundreds of cartograms that each manipulates the land area on a world map to correspond with a different topic. Total population is one of its most popular maps because it shows that population is not spread out proportionally across the globe. However, there are a multitude of maps that are just as enthralling. One can see where particular religions are concentrated, and which countries are the most affected by certain diseases. In particular I found the maps on the unequal distribution of wealth across the globe fascinating, and I selected one of them to be my map of the week.
Thematic Maps Blog: http://tmaps.wordpress.com
The Thematic Maps Blog just reinforces the fact that we are currently in a cartographic renaissance. This link takes you into the world of new and intriguing maps that would peak the interest of any scholar. With trendy themes throughout this blog, you can learn a wide array of things over various topics. For example, you can be looking at a map of “twitter hotspots” one second, and in the next, be staring at “the density of road fatalities in the UK”. The variety and odd change-of-pace this blog brings to the table would bring a smile to any map nerd. Check it out!
This blog is created by Daniel Huffman. He criticizes the mistakes and inaccuracies that he finds from various maps and discusses about the “bad influence” those maps generate on to the audience. Through various maps he critiqued about, we are able to gain a deeper understanding of map-making and cartography from an interesting perspective. These maps also relates to David Salisbury’s famous saying in our class—–“All maps are lies!” Maps are just not as scientific, accurate and objective as we thought.
Nations online is a convenient website for the cartography enthusiast because it has a very wide array of maps from around the world categorized into different types of maps by continent. Maps included are political, physical, and include a myriad of other focuses.
– Zach Halaschak
40 Maps that will help you make sense of the world:
The traditional stereotype of the workings of maps is that they are supposed to help guide an individual to geographic locations. However, maps such as the ones compiled on this website argue that in a map renaissance that we are living in, maps do much more than physically locate cities and borders. They enlighten us with facts about highest-paid employees all across the United States, earthquakes since 1898, oil import and export flows, as well as McDonald’s across the world. Overall, this website shows a radical usage of maps in displaying a wide range of information.
38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed.
The world as you now know it will change after visiting this site. With 38 completely flipped views of the world delivered through the use of cartography, a state of nerd-vana is attained. The serendipitous discovery of facts -that were once considered trivial, leaves you wanting more. You can easily go nerd deep, analyzing each map and biases, or just enjoy this oddly grouped collection of maps. Either way, check this site out, because as one philosopher once said, “you never know what you’re missing until you reach out and touch it.”
Google Maps Mania
With a couple articles posted a day, ‘Google Maps Mania’ is a fantastic blog tracking the projects, tools, and websites influenced by Google Maps. With 6,000 posts dating from 2005 the maps come from an eclectic background. The more you look around the website the more you realize just about anything can be mapped. You can find a hot air balloon view of Paris, Asia’s air pollution, or a specific U.S. city’s crime trends by time and location. If you dig deep enough, you might even find a real time map of the world showing where people are dropping the f-bomb on Twitter. Two map fanatics created the blog after noticing the potential of the Google Maps service and wanted to share the buzz to the community. I highly encourage anyone to check this blog out and lose themselves in the multitude of fascinating and occasionally humorous maps.
About as similar to Mappenstance as you can find on the world wide web. Every couple of weeks artofmapping provides a map and a brief commentary on, essentially, the rhetoric of the map! They speak to the power and silences of maps and get nerd-deep just like us!
We made this map using only the most academic methods… http://blog.estately.com/2014/02/this-map-shows-the-united-states-if-each-state-were-named-for-the-most-similar-foreign-country/
Blog.Maps of World is an interesting blog because it tries to incorporate the spatiality of certain important world events onto a map. For example the map titled “Countries with Most Surgical Procedures” allows viewers to see the clear divide between the core countries and the peripheral nations of the world when it comes to medical treatments. This blog even includes the route the Olympic torch took to get to the Sochi Games, which relates to my main blog article. Maps of World does an incredible job of linking worldwide phenomena to particular locations, and that is why I chose it as my map blog website.
This is a twitter blog from the University of Richmond’s Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL). This is where I found my map on Creationism in Publicly Funded Schools, and it is updated often with “fun fact” maps. These maps can range from the “most dangerous countries to drive in” to a map of the homes of USA’s olympians. It is a useful place to find unconventional maps that communicate interesting facts about the world.
I found the twitter map I used, as well as 79 other fascinating maps, in a two-part article series by Max Fisher at the Washington Post as an international blogger based out of Washington DC. He published “40 Maps that Explain the World” over the summer in 2012, as well as “40 More Maps that Explain the World’ at the beginning of this year. It is an enthralling series of political, art, scientific and historical maps that will enlighten anyone’s view of the world. Fisher also is able to provide other great articles of international politics. Recently, he published a blog regarding the role of priests in the Ukrainian Revolution, which includes a riveting set of photos. He does wonderful work, which includes an abundance of maps.
57 Maps that will challenge what you thought you knew about the world!
Man, I just have an affinity for long map titles. From startling maps (#2, Countries that don’t use the metric system) to challenging maps (#5, Political Map as Pangaea) to downright scary ones (#15, Freedom of the Press Map), these 57 maps will indeed change the way you look at aspects of our world. As map provider Alex Scola says, “Thanks to the wealth of data floating around for free use on the internet, with these maps we visual learners can finally get a better sense of the global scheme of things, and perhaps find answers to several questions we never even thought of asking.” Take a look!
This is a link to the Racial Dot Map that I used for my blog entry. The website explains the both the methodology and data collection used in the creation of the map. Additional categories such as “Shades of Purple, Teal and Other Colors” and “Lightly Populated Areas” explain population density and racial integration in further detail. One of the most effective things this website provides is zoomed-in images from the map.
A companion site of MAPPING THE NATION by Susan Schulten:
It is not just a website accompanying Susan Schulten’s book. These historical maps on the US history (mostly created in the twentieth century) are already very fascinating by themselves. The easiest way to look for a map is to go by chapter – maps are distributed into 6 categories of geographic foundations, historical sketch, expansion, slavery, etc, but it is also efficient to go by time period or creators of maps.
The most current post on this map blog asks the audience to vote for “which map is more judgmental”. That poll summarizes the absurdity of the website, “judgmentalmaps”. The maps on this blog take outlines of major cities and place hilarious stereotypes within them. Interestingly, one of the maps depicts the city of Richmond, and several of the stereotypes seem accurate (e.g., River Road has the label 1% mansions, and a few of the houses on that road that I have seen are colonial mansions). Take a look at this blog and search for your home city!
Here is my website of the week! This link will send you to 57 great maps which depict information you never knew you were interested in! If you have some time to spare, head on over, all the maps are fun and will challenge your notion of cartography.
Here is my website of the week! This website will send you to 12 maps that Uri Friedman claims changed the world. Each map is accompanied by a brief text which explains the map’s significance and what each map tells us about their historical contexts. Head on over and give them a glance!
This blog posts a new map a with an analysis every three days or less! The co-authors of this blog, Martin W. Lewis and Asya Pereltsvaig, are both lecturers at Stanford University and put a lot of time into their critiques. They have some really fun maps with topical relevance and interesting arguments. However, BE WARNED– if you give this blog a look for 5 minutes you’ll end up being on it for an hour!
This blog displays several vintage maps from around the world. The maps are displayed on many different decor items that are perfect for the home or the office. We have a great amount of variety with our vintage map collection. We have country, state, city, regional, continent and world maps. The maps are printed on a multitude of different items that range from kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room and office decor. We also have a FREE PDF ebook available for download on our other blog listed below.
Vintage U.S. State and City Maps Ebook
This is an interesting blog created by Andy Woodruff. There are maps on this blog that emphasize the GDP of the United States, which was also shown in broader terms in my Map of the Week post. It again emphasizes the problems that come with using GDP as an accurate measurement of a place’s (be that a country, state, city, etc.) worth. It also includes several funny videos related to cartography. It is definitely worth taking a look at!
This site is actually a place where one can buy a variety of different types of maps with different projections, orientations, coloring, time periods and designs. The website does an excellent job at organizing the different types of maps into manageable categories. The categories include educational maps, antique maps, art maps and much more. Many of the maps are very interpretive and artistic, thus emphasizing one of Wood’s main points in The Power of Maps, that map making is an art as well as a science. I found the most interesting page on the site was the Best Sellers section. The maps that have been bought the most have a great deal of power because they are the ones that are currently seen by many people. I recommend perusing this sight to anyone who is intrigued by the variety of different maps available and how maps can be transformed into works of art.
This Tumblr blog is a creation of a California grad student who simply enjoys looking at maps of all kinds, from astronomy to gifs of historical time lapses. Not only does this person blog about existing maps, but also will post their own original creations. All posts are helpfully sorted by subject or interest category, which makes all map types easily accessible and simple to find through tagging. Browse a bit for lotsa fun!
The page is a collection of touristic maps in lots of famous cities such as Moscow, Oahu and Romania. All posts are helpful if you want to explore those cities(that is what I enjoy lol). The maps point out almost all the places of interest that are worth visiting! Go and enjoy your journeys with the help of the site!
This website maps countries and associations involved in current events as they occur. In particular, you can see the spread of ISIS as it happens as well as the locations of events related to the Ukraine crisis, among others. Relevant events and news stories are posted as soon as they occur on the right side of the page. It has never before been possible to map events as they happen, so this website could become highly influential in the future.
Map Hugger is a unique blog created by Martin Elmer, a University of Wisconsin graduate with a M.S. in Cartography/GIS. The website has an archive of various essays and maps that portray the diverse possibilities of cartography. With multiple posts every month, Elmer hopes to reveal the way maps can push the boundaries of cartography through what maps can represent, how they can appear, and what messages they can get across. The maps on this site are all unique and will definitely grab your attention!
My Blog of the Week is called Maps and the City and it is run by Marleen Smit, a Amsterdam based map historian. She posts maps, publishes articles, and gives lectures about cartography. Her blog posts can range from music about maps, to map jewelry and decor, t0 actual maps and her opinions on them. It is a neat, modern site that you should definitely check out!
This particular blog by Mark Easton shows viewers how the world’s wealth changed over time. He shows how the wealth change in the world by showing a change in the size of the region, the bigger regions have more wealth whereas the smaller regions on the map were not as wealthy. It is interesting to see how the wealth in the world has changed since year 1.
This blog is written by Nick Danforth. It is extremely interesting and shows the map of what the Ottoman Empire created of the newly independent United States. The map itself looks very unique and gives a somewhat older, pre-colonial feeling. It is definitely worth a read!
Uber is a ridesharing company that through the use of a smartphone app connects passengers with drivers. Passengers on the Uber app can track Uber drivers and request for pick up. Uber has a blog that explains how Uber makes and uses a Bayesian Model to infer Uber destinations. The #UberData team uses anonymized data they have collected over the past year to make probabilistic predictions, construct the prior, construct the likelihood, and inferring the posterior, to infer Uber passengers’ destinations. This scientific model is a quantitative process and mapped. Uber is a popular car service especially amongst college-aged individuals and is an interesting map for anyone who uses Uber.
MusicMaps is a website that shows places mentioned in song lyrics. After picking either the title of a song, artist, or place, the website will pinpoint the exact location on a world map and even list other songs that mention the same place. Definitely check it out, there are thousands of options to choose from!
Radical Cartography uses a unique approach to mapping just about anything from building height in New York to future T stops in Boston. Its distinct style makes it both alluring and functional due to the fact that it is organized based on location.
This blog of the week link is chartsbin.com. This link has multiple ways to view the world. Each map takes different statistics, ranging from economics, social, energy, and health statistics, and physically manifests them onto a map. It even has random facts turned into a map, like the map that simply shows how saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day” differs around the world. Looking through this website just emphasizes all the different and interesting ways the world can be represented through a map.
This blog has maps pertaining to many different subjects in our world. Each map looks much different than the other but the all provide interesting information. Most of the maps are very modern showing contemporary issues, like how the internet is shaping our lives.
Have you ever thought about making your own map? My blog of the week, “Making Maps: DIY Cartography,” will help you do just that. Throughout the course of the semester we have studied and analyzed various maps. Looking at everything from the significance of different colors on a map to what the title can say about a map. There is a lot of thought that goes into making a map. This blog breaks down the complex process of mapmaking into simple categories such as: map layout, map symbolization, hierarchies, and color on maps. Each category features a couple of maps exemplifying a particular cartographic tool. This blog makes it easy for anyone to become an expert cartographer and is perfect for all of those aspiring mapmakers out there!
This blog is perfect for cartographic nerds living in the greater Boston area. It offers critiques of hundreds of interesting maps of the city. If you want to learn more about the history of Boston, or simply be inspired by cartographic intelligence, click the link above.
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