Category Archives: Oddity

Maps of Emotions


Visualizing human emotions on a map and investigating the human relationship with space is a relatively new component in cartography. Simple static thematic maps dealing with this topic have been around for a while. A known example is the “Map of World Happiness” by White (2007). I am not very happy with the cartographic layout however. The colour grey should be included in the legend (representing “no data” I suppose). The color black in the Caspian Sea and other big lakes is irritating.

Map of World Happiness

Web scraping and mobile technology have brought new opportunities to dynamically map emotions. The World Emotion Global Trend website by Maurice Benayoun analyzes various live online sources and maps 64 emotions in more than 3000 places around the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-D80BdrSo0

A similar approach is the global Twitter Hearbeat – Tweetbeat – analyzing twitter messages for emotions and creating a heatmap from the data. See below the heatmap during the event of hurricane Sandy:

SGI Global Twitter Heatbeat

SGI Global Twitter Heatbeat

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Dude, Where’s My Phone?


The loss of your smartphone can be painful nowadays. The people at Lookout who offer mobile security services have come up with some interesting interactive maps, visualizing how often and where people loose there mobile phone.

The value of phones getting lost every year is impressing but some other surprising things can be discovered: For instance in Moscow the second most likely place to loose your smartphone is the military base. Where in Seoul people tend to loose it at the Martial Arts Dojo and in Brussels it is the dentist who sits on a large amount of left behind smartphones.

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Visualizing spatial information with light painting


Following video can be found among the “Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011” on FlowingData. Light painting is used to visualize invisible wi-fi signal strength – a way of thematic mapping in the broader sense.

 

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Thematic Mapping with OpenStreetMap


OSM user SK53 shows on his blog what potential exists in the OSM-data. Together with population related Super Output Areas from the British Government an interesting map on the pub density in the UK has been developed. The data quality of OSM however is not consistent throughout the UK but nevertheless I think some interesting relations can be seen in the map. The focus map on London shows how the pubdensity is concentrated in the center and is relatively low in the suburbs.

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Virtual travelling


It is fall and the season gets grey and cold again. Who wouldn’t sometimes want to beam himself to a place far away one such a day? A nice tool called MapCrunch supports this travelling in thought with visual stimulation by showing random images from Google Street View.

If you then finally decide you need some time off, destmapper shows you how far away you can fly with your current budget.

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Map of Online Communities


Today a colleague pointed me to a fancy map of online communities and social networks:

source: http://xkcd.com/802/

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Europe disarranged


There seems to be a lot in disorder these days in Europe. Greece on the edge of bankruptcy and the Euro under pressure like never before. However the skeletons that come out of their closets now have been knocking for a while. The situation after all is not amusing and would diserve a proper map visualising data that shows what is really going on. The data is available but if the day just had more than 24 hours… The map will come sooner or later I promise. It is probably going to be an angry map since that issue and how our politicians deal with it is upsetting me regularly.
So for now a more amusing map (I hope the authors meant it that way) found on the Economist online yesterday. For those who want to get to know more about the current mess in Europe and what should be done, I recommend reading this open letter from the German blog nachdenkseiten.de.

Make sure to read the article to understand what is behind that new order.

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