Don’t let the lolcats of Icanhascheezburger fool you, Graphjams showcases some pretty sophisticated presentations of spatial data. This post of Red Riding Hood, created as a Swedish Future Short in 2009, is a great example. It was inspired by Royksopp’s Remind Me 2005 video. Other funny It would be nice if GraphJam’s Chart Builder included an easy to use map section.
From the ever wonderful XKCD.com
OSPAR Commission has released a map showing the known locations where munitions where dumped following World War’s I and II. The way of thinking at the time was the safest way to get rid of all of those unexploded bombs, grenades, land mines, and whatnot was to toss it in the sea. The status report details the dangers present to current populations, especially fishermen. It’s a problem we don’t think about that often because it’s something that happened nearly between 60 to 95 years ago, but it still presents a very real danger.
I am feeling a bit under the weather this weekend. The podcast should be up by Monday night. Apologies for the delay!
The BBC online has a story on a composite index of “water threats” including issues such as scarcity and pollution which researchers from City College of New York presented in the journal Nature. This is not the only water data project that City College of New York faculty and students have done this year. A “Bio-Math Mapping: Water Quality Analysis of the Hudson and Gowanus,” project in Summer 2010 provided math students with a chance to participate in interdisciplinary research with epidemiology, microbiology and environmental studies through a four-week investigation of water quality of the Hudson River and Gowanus Canal.
The Atlantic Wire has a short piece about a series of maps by Eric Fischer detailing racial living in 40 of the largest US cities. Unfortunately the maps are stored on Flickr as flat files, so it’s hard to zoom in and around to see more detail. The basic method appears to get racial information down to the housing unit so it creates a point cloud of race within urban areas. The interesting point of this method is that most cities aren’t hard delineations of race but a much more interspersed picture, despite the example from Detroit The Atlantic Wire uses.
Mashable (perhaps one of the cooler sites I visit each day) has a nifty story about an artist who drew Google Maps icons as if they existed in the real world. It’s rather interesting to think about these big push pins existing in real life, or a pop-up box over a building. Take away the surprised looking people and I think we’ll have a pretty good idea of what large scale augmented reality is likely to look in the near future.