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February 19, 2009

Thursday ORB Roundup


February 2, 2009

Monday ORB Roundup

January 29, 2009

Interactive Map: Jobless rates

Filed under: economy,Internactive,mapping,stateline,unemployment — Lynne @ 2:58 pm


Compare jobless rates across the nation over time in this new interactive map by Stateline. Make sure you click the changes over time text to see how many jobs have been lost since the recession began in December 2007.

January 8, 2009

Thursday ORB Roundup (interactive edition)

  • Portland Twitters. If you haven’t checked out our Twitter page (another Friesen creation) on Oregonlive you must.

August 1, 2008

Alternate transportation is hip.

Filed under: Google,health,mapping,transportation — Lynne @ 11:25 am

The higher gas prices and the push to become healthier are seemingly moving people out of their cars and onto the pavement. MapQuest is reporting more use of its “avoid highways” function and offering a walking directions service on cell phones. Last month Google Maps added walking directions for trips shorter than 6.2 miles (that’s 10km).

Google is quick to point out they don’t always know if a street has a sidewalk, or if there’s actually a special pedestrian bridge for crossing a busy street. Of course, you can always download one of The City Portland walking maps. Maps are available for SW, SE, N and NE Portland. If you rather bike than walk, the city has bike maps too. For the Portland Metro Area visit byCylce.org.

June 27, 2008

Another day, another Internet visualization tool

Filed under: mapping,Social Networking,web 2.0 — Lynne @ 1:35 pm

Many Eyes is a powerful social visualization tool developed by IBM. You can use Many Eyes to easily convert data into word trees, maps, or charts like this one created by Nathan Skidmore. Another benefit of this tool is the social component; interaction and data sharing is welcomed.  I encourage you to take some time to explore and linger, then share your thoughts and/or creations.

Hat tip: Technology Free-for-All session at SLA 2008.

June 17, 2008

Google Street View spotted here in Seattle.

Filed under: Google,mapping — Lynne @ 9:52 am

Last week I voiced my disappointment with Street View’s Seattle exclusion. Disappointed, no more. Today a Seattle television station was reporting that the Street View folks have been seen around town shooting photos. I haven’t seen them near the convention center but this blogger spotted them at a local Home Depot.

Maybe Washington, DC is next?

June 13, 2008

Google Maps – Street View

Filed under: Friesen,Google,mapping — Lynne @ 1:44 pm

Mark Friesen notes:

Google’s extended its Street View all the way to the coast, east to Goldendale and Wasco, north almost to Chehalis and south past Salem.

Thanks for the heads up Mark.

This expansion isn’t limited to Oregon. A recent post on Google’s blog states that they are bringing Street View to 37 new areas (alas, Seattle is still missing) and expanding coverage in 15 existing areas.

Wait, there is more.

Google is also adding 10 new parks and recreation areas to Street View, including Lake Tahoe, California’s Death Valley National Park, and Yellowstone.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Street View, it is a Google Maps feature that lets users view 360 degree photographs of an address.

The New cities include:

CA: Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, Stockton
NJ: Newark
NV: Reno
VA: Virginia Beach
NC: Charlotte, Winston-Salem
SC: Columbia, Greenville
GA: Atlanta
FL: Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Sarasota, West Palm Beach
OH: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo
MI: Ann Arbor
MO: St. Louis
KY: Lexington, Louisville
NE: Lincoln
OK: Oklahoma City, Tulsa

February 18, 2008

Filed under: censorship,mapping,privacy,roundup_bits — Lynne @ 7:15 pm

Monday ORB Roundup

Nokia Announces Pedestrian Maps

Bush Administration Shuts Down economicindicators.gov

MediaShift: Your Guide to Online Privacy

Will Fonda’s On-Air Blooper Help CBS in the Janet Jackson Case?

January 9, 2008

Filed under: election,mapping,politico — Lynne @ 8:03 pm

Mapping the New Hampshire Primary

Politico has also created a county-by-county interactive map for New Hampshire.

NPR has created a U.S. interactive map for the primaries. Click on the state of New Hampshire for last night’s results. Click on the AP link (bottom of the chart) for a listing of county-by-county numbers.

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