Interactive Human Anatomy Head Map

Now you can create human anatomy head or body map with interactive features, even you know little or nothing about coding or programming. You can create dynamic maps by importing static images into an image editor, and then add interactive features (e.g. infobox, category legend with filtering function, highlighting effect).

Here is a sample map that created in iiCreator

In the above sample map, various labels are assigned into different categories, and then you can enable category legend with “Single Selection” option. Then,  specific label will be shown when map users select related item in the legend.

Interactive Hipster Map of Melbourne

If you are interested in hipster, and is living in / going to Melbourne, you must not miss this interactive map, which has pinpointed around 150 locations that hipsters can visit in Melbourne (include restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques).

Interactive Hipster Map of Melbourne

You can mouse click the icons to see basic information in the popup box.

This interactive map can be improved in following ways:

How to Create Dynamic Convention Center Floor Plan

Thinking of creating a new floor plan for the convention center? Wanna insert more information in the tiny image? Looking for improving the current map with dynamic features? Do not know how to upload a map project using FTP settings? You may now refer to the following sample map for more ideas.

This interactive floor plan is created using image editor that everyone, even those programming beginners, could create dynamic images without coding. You can utilizing tools inside the editor to add interactive features, e.g. popup boxes, external link, filtering.

One of the most attractive and useful tools is the “instantly share image” button that you could instantly upload the image file and get the map link/map embedding code with one click, so users could publish their images even they do not have a hosting account.

Updated version v4.90 has just released that you can add social network buttons (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) on map. Check out the latest version HERE.

World Heat Map: South Korea is the Country with the Largest Gender Pay Gap

In the past, we have shared maps about gender pay gap in the United States and in New Jersey, and today let’s us see the whole picture of the world.

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This world map highlights the percentage pay gap between men and women around the world that there is no country where women earn more than their male counterparts, on average. Surprisingly, South Korea is the country with highest gender pay gap percentage (37.5%) in the world, and Russia places second (32.1%) in this map.

However, this map is not comprehensive enough as data was not available for many countries (especially those in Africa)

Related Article: Interactive Heat Map – Gender Inequality in the World

U.S. Map: Minimum Wage Laws in the States

interactive us map minimum wage laws in the states

This interactive U.S. map groups states with various minimum wage laws in different colors, updated on January 1, 2014. You can mouse click the region for details.

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Here are some suggestions for improving the map:

  • directly insert the details in the popup box
  • enable group highlight or create category legend for filtering

 

Recently, we found a U.S. heat map related to the minimum wage laws for showing how much hours we have to work for affording rent on minimum wage.

us heat map number of hours at minimum wage needed to afford rent

According to the newly released report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, minimum-wage employees have to work on average 2.6 full-time jobs to afford a decent two bedroom apartment in the USA without paying more than 30% of their income.

However, people in Hawaii (174 hours), Maryland (138 hours), and Washing D.C. (137 hours) have to work for more hours in order to afford the rent when compare to other states, even the states have a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum wage.

The above two maps show higher minimum wage doesn’t translate into housing affordability.

How to create similar heat map for presentation use?
It is very common that we create heat map for statics report with some map features (e.g . popup boxes, group highlight, map legend, labels). By utilizing some mapping software, we could easily import data file and create the maps with few clicks. Here is a video tutorial of creating heat map & bubble chart.

Use Crowdsourced Maps to Improve Women’s Safety in India

Women’s safety is always one of the important issues in India, and now you can help to improve the situation by using various crowdsourced maps.
interactive corwdsourcing google map sexual harassment or abuse in india

The above crowdsourced map displays all reported sexual harassment and abuse in public areas in India, and welcome anonymous reports from map users.  Map users can mouse click the inserted link “More Information” for the full story, and leave comment for it.
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You can filter the pins on the map by selecting specific categories in the legend.

There are many ways to contribute the map, for example buy using mobile app, sending an email, filling the form on the website, or even sending a tweet with hashtag (#pinthecreep / #safecity).

interactive google maps harassmap mumbai india

Another crowdsourced map, HarassMap-Mumbai, is specifically for citizens in Mumbai. Similar to the previous one, map users can see more information by clicking the inserted URL, can filter pins by clicking selection in the categories legend, and send report to the map administrator. However, this map supports an additional feature, timeline.

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Map users can filter data by selecting specific period, and currently the time frame is from August 2013 to January 2014.

Some may think these maps could not really help to reduce the sexual harassment nor make the regions safer,but the ultimate purpose of these maps is to encourage women to speak out and flight for their rights.

However, these maps are not comprehensive enough as the maps depend entirely the number of people with access to the internet, or use smart phone, and it needs time for approval before showing the location on the map.

There is other ways for creating crowdsourced maps that map users can submit report directly on the map, and map administer still got the right to monitor/control the submitted pins.
Related articles for crowdsourced maps:
Video Tutorial: How to Create Crowdsourced Maps
Crowdsourced Map for Wedding Invitation

It is believed that more similar maps would be launched in India and different countries as crowdsourcing is always one of the best and quickest way to collect first hand information.

Live Map: Flight Tracker

Various countries are still searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, meanwhile, an online live flight tracker becomes more popular these days as it displays all the flight routes in live.

interactive world map live flight tracker

You could zoom into specific region, and mouse click the icon to see the flight information (e.g. airline company, aircraft, departure city & destination, estimate flight time, speed). The flight route would also be shown on the map.

This map is not only a live flight tracker, but is also a flight tracking system that you could playback the world map with all flying flights by selecting specific date and time.

Though there is not category legend for selecting displayed information on the map, there is still a filter feature for filtering.

Please note two types of flights are being pinned on the map, real time flight and flight with 5 minutes delay, that you can refer to the map legend for the indication.

 

Interactive New Jersey Map: Resident’s Ancestral Roots

This interactive New Jersey map is created based on data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, averaged for the years 2008-2012, and shows the most common ancestry by municipality. According to the map, over 40% of population is originated from Italy, Ireland, and Germany, and only Peapack and Gladstone borough’s dominant ancestry are Americans.

Interactive New Jersey Map Resident's Ancestral Roots

According to the Census, there are around 1.5 million of New Jerseyans are of Italian heritage, 1.3 million are of Irish heritage, and more than 1 million are of German heritage. Different counties have various dominant ancestries, which the countries have been highlighted and grouped on the map that map users can check for the map legend for indication.

There are both mouseover and mouse click events for each county that map users can see detailed statistic by clicking the region.

Mapping Skills
Similar custom maps could be easily created in following steps:

  1. highlight regions by categories
  2. create map legend for color indication
  3. insert infobox for each region by importing data file

Here is a sample map for reference use:
interactive us map

Interactive Bubble Chart: Countries Receive the Most Michelin Stars Each Year

Every time when we searching restaurants for fine dining, we may take Michelin Guides as an indicator.

Though there are many sayings that Michelin Guides is not the best restaurants-searching bible, there are still thousands restaurants around the world strive hard to receive or keep the stars. Since Michelin added guides to the United States and Japan in 2006 and 2007 respectively, number if restaurants in the would with three-star status has boasted more than double that Japan even got more high ranking Michelin stared restaurants than France last year.

Here is an interactive bubble chart showing countries receive the most Michelin stars each year in 2007-2013:
interactive bubble chart countries receive the most michelin stars each year

You could select for specific year by moving the timeline on the top right corner. For those unlabeled bubble, you could refer to the map legend for indication.

Chart features suggestions:
We could integrate this bubble chart with a world map for better present the data changes as map users can quickly recognize the country on the map if there is no region abbreviation or map legend for indication. Furthermore, since the positions of the bubbles would change by year, it is a bit hard for the map users to instantly compare the changes.
When integrating the bubble chart with the world map, size of the bubbles would still indicates the amount of stared restaurants, just like the current one.

Here is a video tutorial of integrating bubble chart with map without coding:

Related Article: Michelin Starred Restaurants in N.Y.C.