Monday, April 28, 2008

Everything can be mapped

Spatial Worlds website
Left image: The old amongst the new in the streets of Valencia, Spain.
Right image: Tributaries seen flying over the Ganges delta, India.

Everything can be mapped is the catchcry of the spatially literate. It is very difficult to find anything which cannot be mapped. Such visualisation of data is at the centre of the use of spatial technology. The following websites provides resources, applications and ideas towards the production of data specific maps.

Maps of the world:
A site which shows maps of various features around the world i.e. volcanoes, mountains as well as political, social and historical maps. A great resource for enhancing spatial literacy across the curriculum.

Map anything
Google has launched a new service called My Maps that allows users to
mark map locations using icons, draw lines and shapes, add text, photos,
YouTube and Google videos. Maps can be marked for private use and sent
via email or made publicly accessible. Imagine spatially mapping

The earths crust is constantly moving
This is an excellent website for tracking of earthquakes around the world in real time.

Mapping world statistics
These maps show OECD regions at a glance. There are some interesting maps comparing Australia with Japan, Europe and North America. Distribution of elderly, GDP, regional disparity, crime, vehicle ownership and accessibilty to an urban centre, to name a few.

Country topic mapping according to size

Mapping cancer
A site to show the spatial variation of cancer and cancer types.

Humanity relief mapping
An excellent site providing up-to-date maps on relief operations around the world

World Atlas
A site that provides hundreds of maps of the areas of the world and their features.

National Atlas: World wide maps and imagery

Geography network
Maps galore on this map search site

Mapping trails
A typical community application of Google maps with the mapping of trails by individuals and groups

Local area mapping example
A British website, which, given a postcode, and maps information on house prices, crime rates, schools, tradesmen, public transport and government services.

National Atlas of the US
Although just for the US this site is a great example of dynamic mapping

Interactive mapping site
This site allows the user to interact with the site by choosing any city in the world, and look at photos taken at the site. Your own photos can be hotlinked to a point.

Up My Street
A British website, which when given a postcode maps information on house prices, crime rates, schools, tradesmen, public transport and government services.

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