WorldMap, developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard, is a web-based platform to enable scholars to work with geospatial information.

Intended to fill a niche between big GIS applications and lightweight map interfaces, WorldMap can be used as a tool to visualize, edit, collaborate, and publish maps. When publishing a map, you can provide an abstract and other relevant information, making this a particularly apt scholarly tool. Additionally, you can choose to publish the map for the public, or share it only with a few collaborators.

With WorldMap, you can also work with large datasets, overlay them with thousands of other layers, export data, link maps to rich media content, and georeference paper maps online via WorldMap WARP.

WorldMap is an open-source platform with full source code available here. The developers are interested in engaging with users of the tool and in expanding on its functionality.

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Exhibit: Data-Rich Interactive Webpages

Exhibit is an open-source software implemented through JavaScript that you can include in your webpage. This can be integrated into whatever CMS you are using and works entirely on the client browser.

This free tool lets you easily create an interactive webpage with interactive maps and timelines, text search and filtering, and the possibility to create additional visualizations. Because of its ability to integrate geospatial and temporal mapping, Exhibit would be a great choice for historians.

There is a full tutorial available here, and the source code is available on GitHub.

The screenshot below is from a US Presidents example, available here.

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Repost from Graduate Center library blog: to become a more expert user of WordPress, Excel, or Photoshop? Need to learn SPSS, CSS, or ArcGIS? Can’t make the in-person workshops offered by the Library, the Digital Fellows, and others? Then we have just the training tool for you!

The Graduate Center Library now subscribes to, a portal of over 130,000 video tutorials on topics such as web design, programming, data analysis, instructional design, and media production. For most topics, offers not just one training video but a whole series of videos providing hours of detailed instruction.

You can browse the full range of subjects and software covered, but here are a few topics we think might interest the GC community:

Using Access on the library’s alphabetical list of databases. The first time you visit the site, you’ll be prompted to create a free account, which will allow you to save playlists, view your history, and more.

Off-site access: As with all our databases, you can access from anywhere, not just from inside the Graduate Center. When you’re off site, you’ll be prompted to log in with your GC network username and password. Once you enter your GC credentials, you’ll then be prompted to log in to your free account.


Information Aesthetics Weblog

Inspired by Lev Manovich’s definition of “information aesthetics”, the Information Aesthetics Weblog explores the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization. More specifically, it collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways.

The posts tagged “city map” have beautiful and inspirational visualizations of everything from taxi trips in NYC to language usage maps of London and NYC.



NYC Income Disparity Mapped by Music & Subway Stops

Created by Brian Foo and reported at Gothamist, this is a sonic representation of income levels across three NYC boroughs mapped stop by stop along the 2 train. The music gets louder and has more complex instrumentation in wealthier locations, while poorer locations are more subdued and have fewer instruments.








NYC’s Income Gap Mapped With Music & Subway Stops

Linda M. Rodriguez (NYU) on Mapping Havana Using Thinglink

Linda M. Rodriguez, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History at New York University, has posted a terrific write-up of using the tool Thinglink to map colonial Havana.

From her blog:

Initially, I wanted to use the map to help me think through urban space for an article I am writing. The article focuses on a 1791 lawsuit against a merchant of paint and hardware, and it references the three stores he operated within the walled city. Now that I’ve found their approximate locations, I want to be able to discuss them in relationship to nearby buildings and landmarks. [. . .] So as I experiment with digital humanities tools, I’m giving Thinglink a try as a way to annotate the 1798 map. Created by Jose del Río, a captain in the Spanish Royal Navy, the map depicts the coastline around Havana, the entrance to the bay, and the walled city.

Thinglink allows users to add pins and descriptions to images of archival maps, or any other image or video. There is a free version available for students and educators.


Google Maps from Google Drive

You can now start creating maps right from your Google Drive natively, simply create a new item and choose the map option:

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There are several options for the base map, and the ability to import data from csv, kml and spreadsheet files. You can also add markers, draw lines,  measure distances and space, and add directions.

What I find most useful about the Google Drive suite is the collaborative possibilities, so sharing this Map document in your drive with others can help you build something interesting when working as part of a group.

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In addition to Mapbox StudioMapbox also offers TileMill for building interactive maps. They provide a crash course to get you up and running with the documentation used. If you have familiarity with CSS, this will be a natural tool for you, as you look at an editor and at the graphic representation of your map at the same time. This tool was built on a suite of open source libraries including Mapnik, node.js, backbone.js, express and CodeMirror, and you can look at the source code on GitHub.

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