Hyperallergic: The New York Public Library Has a “Digital Time-Travel Service” for Its Historical Maps

Hyperallergic: The New York Public Library Has a “Digital Time-Travel Service” for Its Historical Maps. “The New York Public Library’s new NYC Space/Time Directory is imagined as a “digital time-travel service,” a two-year project engaging the library’s collections of maps and geospatial data through interactive tools. The first such tool, Maps by Decade, was launched this month, plotting 5,000 digitized New York City street maps across the five boroughs, organized by decade from 1850 to 1950.”

USGS: Mapping the World’s Ocean Ecosystems

From USGS: Mapping the World’s Ocean Ecosystems. “To meet the need for a consistent, objective, and complete description of open-ocean environments, the Group on Earth Observations charged USGS ecologist Dr. Roger Sayre with a task to map the world’s ocean ecosystems. In response, the USGS formed a public-private partnership with ESRI, NOAA, academia, and non-profit organizations to produce the first ever detailed maps that group the entire global ocean into 37 distinct 3D ecosystems. The groundbreaking work to produce the first-of-its-kind, objective, and true 3D global marine ecosystems maps is described in two recent USGS-led publications in the journal Oceanography and an AAG Special Publication. The resulting ecosystem data and maps are available in a web-based app called the Ecological Marine Unit Explorer. “

Fast Company: Learn The Facts Of Homelessness In The U.S. With These Data Visualizations

Fast Company: Learn The Facts Of Homelessness In The U.S. With These Data Visualizations. “On a single night in January 2015, when volunteers across the U.S. visited homeless shelters and city streets to take a census of the number of people living without housing for a HUD survey, they counted 546,580 people (though the number may well be much higher, given the limitations of counting by hand). The map shows their locations, and also overlays data about other factors such as unemployment rates and the cost of rent.”

CityLab: The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake

CityLab: The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake. “Thanks to detective work from [Woody] LaBounty’s organization, which is devoted to preserving local history, modern audiences can experience the horror of the 1906 quake from a galaxy of perspectives. The group has sifted through thousands of photographs provided by an anonymous private collector and pegged them on an interactive map as to where they likely were taken. Thus a denizen of the Castro can see what the destruction downtown looked like from, say, the nearby, lofty Corona Heights, whereas a kayak enthusiast can witness the city’s hellish burning from over the cold waters of the Bay.”

State of Hawaii: State Launches New Geospatial Data Portal

State of Hawaii: State Launches New Geospatial Data Portal. “The state Office of Planning’s Hawaii Statewide Geographic Information System (GIS) Program launched a new Geospatial Data Portal… which provides streamlined access to hundreds of data layers, topographic maps, imagery, and developer features…. The portal includes support for non-geospatial data files; an overall cleaner look and feel; optimized layout of data attributes and tables; application program interface (API) tools for developers to create filtered data set URLs for apps development; and other improvements that facilitate site and content management. Users will also find additional data sets (now totaling more than 300 data layers), imagery and historical maps available for general use.”

ABC News (Australia): Mike Hall’s death won’t be last time tragedy unfolds via Google Maps, expert says

From ABC News (Australia): Mike Hall’s death won’t be last time tragedy unfolds via Google Maps, expert says. “When cyclist Mike Hall died last week on the final stretch of a 5,500-kilometre endurance cycling race, hundreds of people watched it happen via a dot on a map.” My new vocabulary phrase is “dot watchers.”

Canberra Times: Google Maps shows image of Gold Coast when users search for Canberra

More Google Maps hijinx! From the Canberra Times: Google Maps shows image of Gold Coast when users search for Canberra. “Australians have enough trouble convincing foreigners that Canberra, not Sydney, is the nation’s capital. But a new claimant to the title has emerged, thanks to an algorithmic error on Google Maps matching searches for Canberra with an image of the Gold Coast.”