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If You Love Maps, This Blog Is for You

<i>Authors’ note: All Over the Map has been relocated within National Geographic to the news section: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/all-over-the-map/. You can also follow us on RSS, or at @mapdragons on Twitter and Instagram.</i><p>There is something magical about maps. They transport you to a place …

Maps

Lord of the Rings visualized

Driven by his love for Lord of the Rings, Emil Johansson explores the many facets of the world in charts and graphs. For example, the above chart is …

The Lord of the Rings Family Tree Project

Visualizing Tolkien's works on the web<p>LotrProject is dedicated to bringing J.R.R Tolkien's works to life through various creative web projects. To …

Extreme Sports

5 Digital Mapping Projects That Visualize Literature

In the second of a 3-part series, I share my favorite digital mapping projects for teaching and studying literature.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Humanities

Maps can be used to tell stories

In this topic<p>Maps provide a powerful way to tell many kinds of stories. Esri has developed tools and techniques that make it easy for you to tell …

Maps

A Digital Dive Into Rio de Janeiro's Past

A Rice University mapping project seeks to illustrate “the social and urban evolution” of the city since its birth.<p>Rio de Janeiro is “a city of multiple and contradictory layers, at once exposed and hidden by its beauty and complex topography,” writes Sandra Jovchelovitch, a professor at the London …

Rio De Janeiro

Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda, and Art

Three of my great fascinations — cartography as art, propaganda design, and antique maps — converge in <b>Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art</b> (<i>public library</i>). The lavish tome collects cartographic curiosities from the golden age of display maps — the period between 1450 and 1800, when maps …

How The Gorgeous Language Of Maps Helps Us Understand The World

Mapping is a tradition dating back thousands of years, and it might seem like there’s no ground left to cover. But cartographers’ tools still offer new and unique ways to order and understand the world.<p>In their book <i>Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary</i>, Harvard Graduate School of …

Maps

What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps?

Think maps of bicycle lanes are too complicated? This guy’s fixed it.<p>CityLab readers: Sometimes you scare us.<p>Not only are you intimidatingly smart, many of you are professional experts in the topics we try to cover. Others are self-taught aficionados in urban planning or cartography—in other words, …

Mapping How Shakespeare Saw the World

A new exhibit at the Boston Public Library looks at the Bard’s plays through maps from the 16th century and beyond.<p>The first modern atlas was created in the late 16th century, and was called <i>Theater of the World.</i> It included more than 50 pages of maps of places around the world, which Dutch …

The Hubris of Neutrality in Archives

<i>On Friday, April 21, I spoke at the</i> <i>Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Newark, NJ</i> <i>on the topic of</i> Radical Honesty in Descriptive Practice. <i>My</i> …

Humanities

The Hegemony of Data: From Morality to Efficiency

Michele Graffieti’s narrative panorama of the “Mapping the Republic of Letters,” a more famous example of Digital History.<i>Over the past decade,</i> …

Humanities

This Interactive Map Visualizes "At Risk" Archaeological Sites In The Mediterranean World

A recently launched digital humanities project allows users to interact with a map of “at risk” archaeological sites in the Middle East and in North Africa–and to uncover imperiled ancient sites worth saving.<p>The Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA) Database was recently …

Archaeology

Get into a novel via virtual reality

You are frying kidneys in the kitchen as a black cat - the "pussens", you call it - winds its way around the table. You follow it into the hallway, …

Dangerous Tech: How Our Devices Discriminate

After September 11, the United States launched the Terrorist Surveillance Program to monitor potential terrorist activity on a global scale. During …

Feminism

Remix: Engaging in Purposeful Storytelling with Snapchat

<i>Editor’s Note: “Snapshot; A Day in the Life: Storytelling with Snapchat” was selected as one of the 2017 “Top 25” Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT)</i> …

Journalism