ABC News (Australia): Why large swathes of countries are censored on Google Maps. “From self-driving cars to smart bins, global satellite positioning (GPS) is fundamentally changing the world around us, but as more of Earth becomes accessible from our keyboards, there are a number of groups who want to swat prying eyes away.”
CNET: Google Earth offers interactive journey in honor of Black History Month. “Google wants you to learn more about how black culture has shaped American history. Google Earth has made an interactive map in honor of Black History Month in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. The journey shines light on how black history has shaped the American experience in areas like advocacy, business, film, TV, education and technology.”
New-to-me, possibly launched last fall? A database of Native American mascots for sports teams. From the database page: “This database contains the Native American mascots from high schools, colleges, and professional sports teams throughout the United States. The layers include high schools who currently have Native mascots (blue), colleges who currently have Native mascots (purple), and high schools, colleges and professional teams who have changed their mascot (red).” It looks like most of the site is the map containing the pointers (and there are many); no annotation I can find.
Chronicle of Social Change: New Data Tool Measures Health of Every Baby Born in California. “With funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation, First 5 Association of California and Children’s Data Network launched the Strong Start Index with the goal of providing policymakers and service providers with more information about the resources available to children and families in every census tract in the state. The Strong Start Index contains 12 variables that measure the conditions into which children are born, using data collected at birth. This includes indicators such as healthy birth weight, being born to parents with at least a high school diploma, and access to and receipt of timely prenatal care.”
Sea Grant North Carolina: New Mapping Tool Identifies Sites for Re-establishing Oyster Reefs. “Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a mapping tool that identifies sites for re-establishing oyster reefs that maximize their ecological benefits — such as water filtration. This Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based tool could inform restoration of other vital, sensitive coastal habitats.”
Food & Wine: New Tool Helps Diners with Allergies Find Restaurant Options Wherever They Are. “Nima—the company behind the portable gluten and peanut sensors—is taking its mission to help diners with food allergies one step further. Today, the team launched a new map tool on their site that allows diners to search for restaurants in their area with allergen-free menu items. The map, which can be used to search for both gluten-free and peanut-free dishes, includes over 250,000 restaurant locations and 3 million “Nima-tested” dishes around the world, according to a statement. “
Science Blog: MaNGA Data Release Includes Detailed Maps Of Thousands Of Nearby Galaxies. “The latest data release from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) includes observations revealing the internal structure and composition of nearly 5,000 nearby galaxies observed during the first three years of a program called Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory (MaNGA).”