Customizing and Sharing Google Maps

Now that the semester has finished, you may have some “free” time to play with your mapping and web-design skills. While we have discussed the 2012 Election maps and held trainings for TileMill and Crowdmap in the past, the best-known internet mapping platform continues to be Google Maps. These maps are not only really useful for directions or to play Fantasy Job Search, they are also highly customizable and easy-to-share. Here are two ways to share your Google Map with friends: 1. Customize and share your map […]

Mapping Election Results with Cartodb and Mapbox

How did those news agencies make such fancy / slick / interactive maps to display each party’s progress in last night’s US election? Surely they used high-tech solutions unavailable to the average person, right? Actually, No. Two of the main platforms utilized by news sites in the election are readily available to all! Mapbox (@mapbox): Development Seed utilized Mapbox maps to produce the visuals on USA Today’s site. Last semester we held a training with their powerful (and free) Tilemill software – check it out! Here’s […]

Mapping Sandy

If you have ever wondered how crisis mapping can be applied to disasters here in the USA, Hurricane Sandy brought on a plethora of examples. You can decide for yourself the up sides (displaying information otherwise unattainable) and the down sides (duplicating efforts, misinformation a la Twitter). Here are a few interesting ones to check out: Super Storm Sandy – Created by, combining crowdsourced data and official information Tweak the Tweet Sandy – Created by University of Washington’s Human Centered Design & Engineering (specifically […]

Crisis Mapping Introduction: Recap

Thanks to all of our new Crisis Mappers for coming out last night to NMTF (New Media Task Force)’s  kickoff meeting! We thought it would be helpful to add the links and some of the details from the presentation here on the blog, so you can review and delve further into the topics we discussed. Crisis Mapping: What is it? “Crisis Mappers leverage mobile & web-based applications, participatory maps & crowdsourced event data, aerial & satellite imagery, geospatial platforms, advanced visualization, live simulation, and computational & statistical models […]