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Data Visualization via Interactive Maps

On Tuesday, New York’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn announced a new website featuring an interactive map that New Yorkers can use to find street closures city-wide.

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On Tuesday, New York’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn announced a new website featuring an interactive map that New Yorkers can use to find street closures city-wide.

This got us thinking about Google Maps – often vilified for revealing too much – and about all the amazing interactive maps that have arisen over the past few years.

From fun ones, like Oliver Strand’s map in The New York Times of the Best Coffee In New York (which has an accompanying app) to more serious ones like Global Montreal’s interactive map laying out the when and the where of what was happening in the Arab Spring, you’re seeing maps as a prevalent way of communicating data visually. Your friends on the Z-team even made one last year to showcase the locations where the winners of our postcard photo contest took their award-winning snaps!

What other ways do you think of to visualize data? What would you like to see us explore?

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