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We are so excited about our partnership with EcoHack! Have you signed up yet? 
We are so excited about our partnership with EcoHack! Have you signed up to attend?*** EcoHack is a hackathon devoted to the environment, bringing together a diverse community of scientists, environmentalists, coders, designers and other doers to use technology to improve and better understand our natural environment. For nearly three years, we’ve been building tools, creating visualizations, and telling stories about our environment and the science that helps us understand and protect it.Join us May 9-10 in San Francisco (@ Code for America), New York City or São Paulo! Check out www.EcoHack.org for more information, or write to info@ecohacksf.org.In the past, EcoHack projects have run the gamut from building pollution sensors to hacking map tiles to animate deforestation. We’ve seen groups analyze realtime electricity data to help people use greener energy, crack open a scientific database of bug species, and visualize the trade of endangered species. It’s a flexible format, the outcomes are meaningful, and it’s good, clean fun!

We are so excited about our partnership with EcoHack! Have you signed up yet?

We are so excited about our partnership with EcoHack! Have you signed up to attend?

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 EcoHack is a hackathon devoted to the environment, bringing together a diverse community of scientists, environmentalists, coders, designers and other doers to use technology to improve and better understand our natural environment. For nearly three years, we’ve been building tools, creating visualizations, and telling stories about our environment and the science that helps us understand and protect it.

Join us May 9-10 in San Francisco (@ Code for America), New York City or São Paulo! Check out www.EcoHack.org for more information, or write to info@ecohacksf.org.

In the past, EcoHack projects have run the gamut from building pollution sensors to hacking map tiles to animate deforestation. We’ve seen groups analyze realtime electricity data to help people use greener energy, crack open a scientific database of bug species, and visualize the trade of endangered species. It’s a flexible format, the outcomes are meaningful, and it’s good, clean fun!

This US Map shows each state distorted by population. Do you think this map is useful? Source.

This US Map shows each state distorted by population. Do you think this map is useful? Source.

Which beer do you think is more popular in your home state? Which beer should be more popular? Read the article here.

Which beer do you think is more popular in your home state? Which beer should be more popular? Read the article here.

Are you an introvert? This fun map shows where nobody lives in the United States. You could change that…

Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Source.

Are you an introvert? This fun map shows where nobody lives in the United States. You could change that…

Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Source.

This article pulls together some of the best hidden parks of San Francisco. Check it out and spend a day exploring! Find the map (and pictures of each park) here.

This article pulls together some of the best hidden parks of San Francisco. Check it out and spend a day exploring! Find the map (and pictures of each park) here.

This beautiful map of San Francisco shows the location of every independent coffee shop and its associated walking-shed community.
The map was created by the online mapping project “You Are Here,” which has committed to producing 365 new maps this year. There are also maps for Brooklyn, Portland, and Cambridge. Which locally-owned coffee shop do you love?

This beautiful map of San Francisco shows the location of every independent coffee shop and its associated walking-shed community.

The map was created by the online mapping project “You Are Here,” which has committed to producing 365 new maps this year. There are also maps for Brooklyn, Portland, and Cambridge. Which locally-owned coffee shop do you love?

Have you seen the Smithsonian’s awesome interactive tornado map? It allows you to look at the history of tornadoes since 1980! Check out the map here.

Have you seen the Smithsonian’s awesome interactive tornado map? It allows you to look at the history of tornadoes since 1980! Check out the map here.

Have you heard of the You Are Here project? A research group at MIT has plans to make 100 maps of 100 cities - totaling 10,000 maps total!
Why, you ask?

Kamvar says, “just a map alone does do something.” It can “make the invisible visible” — that is, nudging residents toward an awareness of something about their city they didn’t know before.

Find the full article here.

Have you heard of the You Are Here project? A research group at MIT has plans to make 100 maps of 100 cities - totaling 10,000 maps total!

Why, you ask?

Kamvar says, “just a map alone does do something.” It can “make the invisible visible” — that is, nudging residents toward an awareness of something about their city they didn’t know before.

Find the full article here.

Eric Dunn has created a map of San Francisco which tells you how long it will take to get downtown via public transit. Preorder yours on Kickstarter!

Eric Dunn has created a map of San Francisco which tells you how long it will take to get downtown via public transit. Preorder yours on Kickstarter!

Art of the Map

This is a great article on Dave Imus, who discusses the art of cartography (and how that often differs from map-making today). Do you think there’s a difference between cartography and GIS?