Rather than doing unpaid corporate cartography,
join us in mapping the world together as a publicly shared resource.

In April 19th 2011 Google announced its new Google Mapmaker expedition to send its users to map the US. This would seem like a great innovative platform for mapping our streets together for those who don’t know that a service like this have actually existed since 2004. Open Street Map is a great collaborative project which Google chose to compete against rather than collaborate with.

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Want to illustrate a story by displaying data on a map? Don't have a team of whiz kids at your fingertips? One good option has long been IBM's Many Eyes. Their maps, however, stop at the state level. Not especially helpful if you cover local politics!

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3D Relief Interface
Using an array of 120 motorized pins this interface concept brings maps and other media to life.

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Image via Greenmap

We love GreenMap. It's a crowd-sourced map of all the great green stuff in cities all over the world. Launched last year, the online resource now is available as an iPhone app. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger


Some of these are crude, maybe come off a bit clumsy – but early days yet. I’m still getting a handle on what content I can really use, and still have a load of questions; how precise is the geography data? how reliable are the dates? are there any meaningful connections between object records already noted in the metadata?

Where were all of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts works made?

Where were all of the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts works made?

Dashboards are all the rage. I’ve been able to get some museum library information to power new charts and start working out what kinds of questions we might be able to answer. What works are best represented in the libraries? What kinds of connections are there between special exhibitions and library research traffic? …

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