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Our round up with the most impressive interactive maps of the week

May 27, 2015

Interactive storytelling and maps – this combination has become one of the most representative forms of visualization used in newsrooms, as any of our regular readers can easily state just by following this weekly column, here on Visualoop.

For those who are just beginning their journey into visualization and cartography, it can all be a bit scary, overwhelming at first. But the good thing is that you have a lot of references, articles, MOOCs, books, videos and presentations available to help you out. For example, yesterday we published a quick reference guide on map projections, one that we recommend you to bookmark, since we are talking about one of the most crucial aspects of map-making.

And it also helps to stay on top of what’s being done all over the world – the core focus of our regular compilations. Let’s kick-off today’s round up with the highlights of the week:

LA Building Age | cityHUB Los Angeles

With this first example, you can watch the development of the city of Los Angeles, courtesy of cityHUB Los Angeles. The LA Building Age map visualizes the age of nearly 3 million buildings in Los Angeles, and was featured on Keir Clarke’s Maps Mania. The colors of the building footprints on the map show the decade of when the buildings were originally built, and you can also click on individual building footprints on the map to view the exact year that it was built.

Partial screen capture of the interactive map LA Building Age
(image: cityHUB Los Angeles)

Chasing the Matterhorn | Neue Zurcher Zeitung

The Swiss newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung is a regular presence in this section, and here’s one of their latest online productions. This special feature covers in interactive fashion the first ascent of the notorious Alpine mountain, the Matterhorn.

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Chasing the Matterhorn
(image: Neue Zurcher Zeitung)

How ISIS Captured Ramadi | The New York Times

The New York Times’ coverage of the war in Iraq and Syria against ISIS has been often praised, including the maps and visualizations produced to help explainiong the developments in the field. The page is regularly updated, and we thought it would be interesting to share it here.

Partial screen capture of the interactive map How ISIS Captured Ramadi
(image: The New York Times)

And here are the remaining picks of the week:

OldNYC | Dan Vanderkam & others

Partial screen capture of the interactive map OldNYC
(image: Dan Vanderkam & others)

(Via Maps Mania)

Crime in Greater London | Fábio Veronesi

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Crime in Greater London
(image: Fábio Veronesi)

(Via R-Bloggers)

What BP’s offshore oil drilling plan means for the Great Australian Bight | The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive map What BP's offshore oil drilling plan means for the Great Australian Bight
(image: The Guardian)

All Our Suns | Michelle Chandra

Partial screen capture of the interactive map All Our Suns
(image: Michelle Chandra)

(Via Maps Mania)

Bomb sight | JISC

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Bomb sight
(image: JISC)

Austin, Demolished | Spatial Austin

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Austin, Demolished
(image: Spatial Austin)

(Via Maps Mania)

Eurovision voting history | Datalytyx

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Eurovision voting history
(image: Datalytyx)

The world’s cities most likely to be hit by a terror attack | The Telegraph

 Partial screen capture of the interactive map The world's cities most likely to be hit by a terror attack
(image: The Telegraph)

Isochrone Maps of Europe | Empty pipes

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Isochrone Maps of Europe
(image: Empty pipes)

(Via Maps Mania)

Broadband internet in Brazil | G1

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Broadband internet in Brazil
(image: G1)

California’s 30-largest water reservoirs | The Lowdown

Partial screen capture of the interactive map California’s 30-largest water reservoirs
(image: The Lowdown)

Vyshyvanka Day | Euromaiden Press

 Partial screen capture of the interactive map Vyshyvanka Day
(image: Euromaiden Press)

War memorials | Cape Cod Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive map War memorials
(image: Cape Cod Times)

These are the stores RadioShack is closing | CNN

Partial screen capture of the interactive map hese are the stores RadioShack is closing
(image: CNN)

 

That’s it for today’s Digital Cartography, but feel free to browse through hundreds of interactive maps on Pinterest. And we’ll be back next week!

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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  • Massimiliano Mauro

    I hope you would like this :) http://doveticuri.mitecube.com/

  • Tiago Veloso

    Thanks, Massimiliano, we’ll be sure to featured it in one of the upcoming round ups.

    Cheers!