Konstantinos Daras

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Nasa's Golden Record may baffle alien life, say researchers

It was launched to the stars as a portrait of humanity: an alien’s guide to life on Earth and the wonderful, rich culture of its dominant species.<p>But the Golden Record, blasted into space by Nasa in 1977, may deliver an entirely different message to any extraterrestrials who happen to encounter the …

Paranormal

dirks LEGO world map

Discover the world – brick by brick!<p>(Ihr könnt diesen Artikel auch auf deutsch lesen.)<p>You can also read this article on mocpages!<p>after building my …

Age of city buildings

When we think about the age of cities, it’s common to think of when it was founded or established. However, the growth of a city is often more …

Network analysis with R and igraph: NetSci X Tutorial

Get the tutorial PDF and code, or download on GithHub.

A dive into spatial search algorithms

Searching through millions of points in an instant<p>I’m obsessed with software performance. One of my main responsibilities at Mapbox is discovering …

Visualising Crime Hotspots in England and Wales using {ggmap}

I wrote a wrapper function that takes a location within England and Wales, downloads crime data around that location over a certain period of time …

Mapping all the rivers in the United States

Inspired by Ben Fry’s All Streets map, which showed every road in the United States, Nelson Minar mapped every river to similar effect. As you’d …

How-To: Sharknado Map

This is The Global Sharknado Threat Map. Created by an unprecedentedly cross-discipline team of nameless chain-smoking scientists in white lab coats, …

Making of the Colors of World Flags poster

During the few weeks it took to create my <b>Colors of World Flags poster</b>, I went through several iterations and ideas before settling on the final …

Connected World: Untangling the Air Traffic Network

People travel not just more frequently, but increasingly far and quickly. Mapping the connections between all the airports worldwide is a fascinating</i> …

Maps

Random (Psychedelic) Art

And a Pinch of Python<p>Next semester I am a lab TA for an introductory programming course, and it’s taught in Python. My Python experience has a number …

Developer Showcase - The Art of Farlands

Day two of our Developer Showcase is all about the art of Farlands! Today's update comes from two of the team's concept artists,John Wallin Liberto …

Accessing Demographic Clusters with CartoDB's Segmentation Layers

The U.S. Census is an amazing resource of data and information. The U.S. Census performs a number of regular as well as ongoing surveys that document …

Employment, construction, and the cost of San Francisco apartments

Everyone agrees that housing in San Francisco is expensive, and that the high costs are hurting the city. But there is a lot of disagreement about …

Where Are the Most Diverse Neighborhoods?

This interactive visual tool explores how racial homogeneity changes with distance from large U.S. city centers.<p>After 2040 hits, people of color will overtake whites as the majority population in the U.S. That dramatic demographic shift is taking place in and around metro regions, and to varying …

With Ground Truth, Google marries virtual world with the real

SAN FRANCISCO--Google Maps began as roads and satellite photos. Now, through a project called Ground Truth, it's becoming an ever more sophisticated virtual mirror of the real world.<p>But how? Google engineers described their methods Wednesday at the Google I/O show, describing how they've moved from …

Maps

This one interactive map hints at how much data we're all sharing

Today, the activity tracking service Human released a cool visualization that shows all the physical activity of its users in a few major cities around the world for a 24 hour period.<p>Whether or not you’re interested in being motivated to get a few more steps in each day or not, it’s one hell of a …

Parallel PostGIS

Parallel query support in PostgreSQL in the upcoming 9.6 release will be available for a number of query types: sequence scans, aggregates and joins. …

Simulate the End of the World With This Interactive Map of U.S. Nuclear Targets

Point, click, and get prepared for the apocalypse.<p>With President Obama visiting Hiroshima and the Republican frontrunner calling for Japan and South Korea to arm themselves with nuclear weapons, the specter of atomic warfare is just about as present as its ever been. A new website from The Future …

Hall of Fame

How Designers Turn Data Into Beautiful Infographics

Behind the scenes of information architects’ creative processes.<p>The best infographics are clear, easy to digest, and eye-catching. But the process of distilling data into a neat little chart, bar graph, or venn diagram usually requires pages and pages of messy preparatory sketches, which are rarely …

Global Migration Maps

Migrations of people have existed for millennia and occur at a range of scales and time-periods (from small-scale journeys to work through to …

Is Cartography Dead?

People sometimes ask me if cartography is dead. Students wonder if they should pick something else to stake a career in. Professionals wonder if …

Public transit times in major cities

Last year, WNYC made an interactive map that shows transit times in New York, based on where you clicked. Geography graduate student Andrew Hardin …

How a Mapmaker Who Rejects Cartography Can Help You Find Yourself

First, Denis Wood recommends getting lost: "We fight to maintain our sense of location in time and space."<p>Whether you’ll admit it or not, it’s fairly …

Continents & Countries

Roads to Rome<p>There is a saying that all roads lead to Rome. We set out on 3.375.746 journeys to check if that was really true.<p>Section 1<p>At least for …

Maps

Microsoft announces Surface Book laptop with 13.5-inch display starting at $1,499

Microsoft is changing up the Surface line today with the introduction of a Surface laptop called the Surface Book. It's the first laptop ever built by Microsoft. But it's a lot more than a laptop. The screen is actually fully removable so that it can be used as a tablet. If you put the screen back …

Geospatial Data Preparation for 3D Printed Geographies

I am collaborating with my colleague Dr. Claire Oswald on a RECODE-funded social innovation project aimed at using “A 3D elevation model of Toronto …

Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It’s Too Late

IPFS isn’t exactly a well-known technology yet, even among many in the Valley, but it’s quickly spreading by word of mouth among folks in the open-source community. Many are excited by its potential to greatly improve file transfer and streaming speeds across the Internet.<p>From my personal …