Mapsplusmotion is making a digital historical atlas which shows at a glance how a city or a country has grown and changed over the centuries. The digital historical map forms the basis for educational presentations, and interactive and online applications. The applications of Mapsplusmotion are particularly suitable for educational projects in museums and historical-geographical access to heritage collections. As well as animation films and a custom-made historical layer in Google Maps, we supply interactive educational applications and printed material.
This real-time Google Map of Munich’s S-Bahn shows the transit system’s trains live as they move around the city. Each train is represented on the map with a numbered map marker indicating which line it is travelling on.
You can click on any of the train markers and view its next stop and its destination station. It is also possible to click on any station on the network and view the times and destination of the next trains scheduled to arrive.
General Electric’s Points of Departure is a nicely designed Google Map showcasing the 6,000 most popular airports in the world. You can browse the airports by name, by the busiest airports, the most scenic or even view those situated on small islands.
Each airport is shown with Google Maps satellite view. Pictures from Flickr are also displayed beneath the map and their location shown on the map with map markers. The map also includes a permalink buttom that allows you to share your favourite map view.
Australian Social Diversity on Google Maps
Arek of the All Things Spatial blog has created a series of Google Maps to highlight social diversity in New South Wales, Australia.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics attempts to quantify socio-economic diversity for geographic locations with a suite of four summary measures called Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA). Arek has imported the Bureau’s data for the four measures into Fusion Tables and created a map for each.
Each map provides a heat-map visualisation of one of the measure. In each map you can click on any of New South Wales’ postal areas to view the area’s rank and decile.
London has today entered into the fantasy world of steampunk. In what seems like an episode from 2D Goggles a number of hot air balloons have been flying over London blasting out music to the populace below.
Don’t worry if you don’t live in London or if you have missed any of the balloons’ flights as you can replay it all on a handy Google Maps based application.
The map shows each of the hot air balloons and their flight track. If you click on the map marker of any of the hot air balloons you can then listen to the music that was played during the flight.
There is one year to go to the 2012 London Olympics. A number of events are being held in London to celebrate the occasion (including the flying of musical hot air balloons).
CASA is tracking all of today’s Twitter messages that include the hashtag ’1yeartogo’ and have created a nice heat map of all the Tweets.
The map is actually a little sneak preview of a new heat map visualisation that will be made available to the general public in the next few weeks on MapTube. CASA are responsible for some of the best Google Maps tools (for example the CASA Image Cutter) so I can’t wait to play with this new heat map tool when it is released.
As part of the launch of the website a Marvellous Map competition was held with a grand prize of $1,000 for the winner and 5 runner-ups each receiving $200. The six winners of the competition will be announced on Friday.
The World Map lets you browse the 225 maps (so far) submitted to They Draw & Travel on Google Maps. You can click on any of the 225 map markers and view the hand drawn map submitted for that location.
To get public transit directions in London on Google Maps you just need to select ‘Get directions’, type in your starting point and destination and click on the train icon that appears in the side panel.
The resulting direction will then tell you which underground station you need to go to and even which tube line you need to catch.
On 10.10.10 One Day on Earth asked people around the world to create a video of their world. The goal of the project was to “create an open shareable archive and documentary film of the world on 10/10/10.”
Whilst you wait for the finished full-length film to be released you can browse and watch the thousands of videos that were contributed around the world on this Google Map.
If you click on a map marker you can watch the selected video in the map sidebar. For each video you can view details, such as where and when it was shot and who by.
Back in February, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced its new Airspace Awareness tool, which they recently launched.
The software, funded by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, allows pilots to visualize data that is normally only presented in 2D charts or apps, rather than the 3D data available here.
According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, there were more than 2,000 airspace analyses performed in Kansas in 2010, some of which resulted in conflicts with local airspace. With this application in place, the system will alert users to contact the FAA in the event of any potential aispace conflicts with tall structures, such as wind turbines.
As of right now, Kansas is the only state with this kind of system in place, but if things go well I expect we’ll see other states introduce similar applications in the near future.
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Frank Taylor here, the founder and publisher of Google Earth Blog. Many of you who are regular readers of Google Earth Blog know that since November of 2009 my wife and I have been traveling by sailboat on a round-the-world trip we call the Tahina Expedition. Tahina is the name of our boat which we bought in 2008. We sold our house, cars and most of our belongings to have this opportunity to see many of the most remote parts of the Earth that we had only visited in Google Earth before. We have already crossed the Pacific Ocean leaving our home state of North Carolina to the Caribbean sea, to San Blas, the Panama Canal, Galapagos, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, and New Zealand.
In early May of this year, we left New Zealand and sailed for seven days up to Fiji. Since that time, we have had some amazing experiences in Fiji. We have enjoyed visiting with people in remote villages of eastern Fiji – many who have rarely seen foreigners and have little contact with the modern world. We have had some amazing underwater experiences on some of the liveliest coral we have ever seen. We have had remarkable encounters with marine life such as dolphin, sea turtles, lionfish, shark, sea snakes, eels, manta ray and more. We have also seen some pretty unique locations such as underwater caves, uninhabited islands, white sand beaches, and huge island resorts.
Today we published a Google Earth file of our Fiji experiences . It includes GPS tracks of our routes as we sailed between anchorages. It also has tracks of dinghy trips to various places, hikes, kayaking trips, and even some taxi trips. There are placemarks of our anchorages, dive sites, and other points of interest along the way. And, finally, the file includes links to all the geo-tagged photos from albums we have published to Picasa. You can read more about the file in the post at the Tahina blog.