Google Launches Maps Data API

Google Launches Maps Data API

At the Where 2.0 conference Google announced the new Maps Data API.The official descriptions goes:
The Google Maps Data API allows client applications to view, store and update map data in the form of Google Data API feeds using a data model of features (placemarks, lines and shapes) and maps (collections of features). Read more

Visualization Trends and Tips

Jon Udell and Joshua Allen from the MIX Lab have published two great articles about interactive information visualizations. Jon's "Visualization Trends For The Noosphere" goes into some of the challanges and opportunities of data visualization using the technology available today. Joshua presents "5 Tips for building effective infographics". We really enjoyed the insights into the development process of the MIX team. Read more

DataViz Salon at Stamen Offices

Michael from Data Evolution has writen a comprehensive blogpost about the DataViz Salon held at the Stamen office in San Francisco. In the post he reviews the four talks given that night. The topics of the talks were Stamen's approach on how to map data, the Open Source Javascript library Protovis, datavisualization as Hypothesis and the good folks from UUorld offered some insights to their product. Read more

“Swine Flu” Heatmap 1.1

The small Flash application I created displaying conversations on Twitter using the swineflu hashtag has been updated. A tooltip reveals the author, publishing date and content of the Tweet by hovering over the heatmap. Watching the applet in fullscreen mode gives you plenty of space to discover interesting Tweets. Read more

37 Data-ish Blogs… and we’re one of them!

Nathan from FlowingData has created a list of 37 websites that cover data & information visualization related topics. Beside the beloved usual suspects like Infosthetics and VisualComplexity he mentions some newer blogs too. We’re proud to have made it to the list together with some of our favourite RSS subscriptions. Read more

US Senate Votes Now Available in XML – Bring on The Mashups!

Another great news story for open data: The US Senate voting record is now available in machine-readable XML format. It's not a complete API that could be used by developers in much more sophisticated manner but new feed of data is very welcome. Read more

Here & There: a Horizonless Projection of Manhattan

Here & There is a project by Schulze & Webb striving to deliver the experience and imersion of a 3D map combined with the ease of usage and clearity of a 2D map.
I just loved the explanation why their doing it:
Because the ability to be in a city and to see through it is a superpower, and it's how maps should work.
You can order your printed copy of the map what I highly recommend. Read more

New API for financial data

The World Bank has recently released their first API. The original description of the data gives a good overview: The World Bank API offers developers information contained in the most popular World Bank databases. From projects to data and photos, you can access information by country, by type or by topic. Read more

Google Releases Experimental Flu Trends for Mexico

Google released an experimental version of Flu Trends limited only to Mexico. The algorythm distinguishes between topical searches about the flu and searches by users who may actual experience flu symptoms. The application has a hard challange to proof itself in perspective of the huge interest in the topic. The visualization is a combination of a stacked linechart displaying the flu activity and a map showing the values geographically. Read more

Google Adds Public Data to Search

Great news from Google! A small subset of public datasets is now made searchable and the results are displayed on top of the regular Google search results. Maybe a move to more sophisticated search results as seen in Wolfram Alpha? As we know, Google has a wide range of visualization methods at hand (see Google Visualization API), so I think the datasets will be visualized in an adequate way. Read more

Version 1.1 of the “swine flu” data feed

We’ve worked some more on the data feed for the records of swine flu cases. The data is now more granular with seperate items for suspected cases, lab confirmed cases, withdrawn cases and total deaths by country. The feed url is: source can be cloned at Yahoo Pipes Read more

Tracking swine flu (for yourself)

The NY Times Interactive team has put together an interactive visualization displaying the spread of the swine flu virus. The applet is a static map with interactive markers showing the amount of confirmed cases. The Guardian has created a similar application but their version shows the spread in relation to the past dates which helps to understand correlations and directions of the spreading. Read more

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