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An East Coast Earthquake, Quantified

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 23 2011

Virginia earthquake response map via It's been less than an hour since an estimated 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook up the East Coast with an epicenter about 27 miles east of Charlottesville, Va., and already ... Read More

In Another Country, That Map May Not Mean What You Think It Means

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 30 2011

Mobile messaging and better maps are an integral part of many efforts to use technology to change how we understand the world, from Ushahidi and OpenStreetMap to, well, this — and it follows that in order for these ... Read More

Digital Mappers Plot the Future of Maptivism

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 3 2011

Japan earthquake map built through Development Seed's MapBox; see it live. Every time something happens in the world these days, somebody makes a map about it. Read More

'Planning 2.0' Gives Mapping Power to Citizens

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 1 2011

In Allegheny County, Md., the county government has released a web-based mapping application for citizens to review land use changes and comment on them, the Cumberland Times-News reports: Citizen comments are entered in ... Read More

Like Trulia for Real Estate Uncle Sam Doesn't Want

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 4 2011

The White House's new Excess Federal Properties Interactive Map Stay tuned to this space for a big upcoming piece on the political implications of geography, pegged to the rise of open mapping. But to whet your ... Read More

Wandering the U.S.'s 'Food Deserts'

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 2 2011

The USDA today released a new web application called Food Desert Locator, which provides census tract-level mapping of areas "where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large ... Read More

The Mapmakers for the U.S. Intelligence Community Who Helped Catch Bin Laden

BY Nick Judd | Monday, May 2 2011

The hunt for Osama bin Laden took years and involved some of the most sophisticated technology the U.S. military could bring to bear, including an entire agency devoted to developing intelligence based on maps and ... Read More

Why Apple Tracker-Gate Is the Future of Journalism

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 22 2011

What an unnamed iPhone user's location file looks like after being run through programmers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden's iPhone Tracker app. There have been some grumbling in tech circles ever since Apple ... Read More

Google Enlists Citizen Mappers in the U.S.

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 19 2011

Google is launching Map Maker in the United States in a bid to get users to flesh out its maps for those parts of the country where they're less than reflective of what local geographies actually look like. (Though if ... Read More

The Art of Rolling Your Own Radiation Mapping

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 12 2011 Yesterday, the Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal profiled a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for equipping "citizen scientists" in Japan with personal Geiger counters to measure the radiation coming out ... Read More