Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that you're drawing from when you ask Google to navigate you from point A to point B — and last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built. It's the first time the company has let anyone watch how the project it calls GT, or "Ground Truth," actually works.
[Link to How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything]
Find everywhere you can go in 15 minutes or less. Choose your city and location, and off you go!
[Link to Mapnificent]
When the 2-D to 3-D terrain mapping doesn't work as well as it should.
[Link to Postcards from Google Earth]
Central Park Entire, The Definitive Illustrated Map is the most detailed map of any urban park in the world. I spent over two years creating it, walking more than 500 miles as I documented over 170 different kinds of trees and shrubs. Central Park contains over 58 miles of paved paths and many more miles of obscure woodland trails. I hiked along every one of them multiple times in order to identify and pinpoint each major tree. There are 19,630 trees drawn and placed in position on this map. There are no filler trees, no fluff. Every tree symbol represents a real tree in the Park, and you can identify its genus or species with the accompanying tree legend. In addition, over 200 illustrations show every bridge, archway, tunnel, building, statue, monument, recreational area, and playground.
A must-buy for landscape and map buffs.
[Link to Central Park Nature]
If you want to book a hotel or make a restaurant reservation you can switch on the Transit Layer and look for the public transport line nearest to the location. If you want to travel from A to B you can quickly familiarize yourself with the public transport network and find out which lines to use and where to change.
Google Maps has added a public transit layer for more than 50 cities around the world to help citizens and tourists obtain information on getting around quicker. I see more European cities than U.S ones. It doesn’t take a genius to tell you what that means.
The New York subway is one of those connecting systems that helps us make sense of the complex urbanscape of the Big Apple. Ben Popper at Men’s Vogue shares the evolution of this cartographic beauty that tends to make complex connections decipherable to the common New Yorker (and the confused tourist).
The mashup map of of the Vignelli map and the current edition designed by Eddie Jabbour is one of my favorite versions.
Google, one of the most innovative companies on the block today stays on the top not by resting on its laurels (an awesome search engine) but by continuously adding to its multitude of web services. Google Maps apart from offering satellite views now gives you a street-level view of certain urban districts in the United States. Here is a streetview of San Francisco and here is one of New York’s Times Square.
Wired Magazine even put up a contest that allowed readers to send in submissions of Google Streetview ‘gotchas’. The contest received overwhelming responses and admittedly some extremely funny ones. But few visuals catch people sun-bathing or entering an adult bookstore; something that not everyone is comfortable parading in front of the world. A group pool of photographs on Flickr captures more such examples. New York Times picked up the story from Boing Boing that put the technology into perspective – would we be comfortable if Streetview if it was done by the NSA or CIA instead of Google? Now, that’s an interesting one. In an interview with NY Times, a woman in Oakland, CA expressed her opinion on violation of privacy when she saw a picture of her apartment window where her cat sitting inside is clearly visible. She says: