Interactive US Map: Same-sex Couples in New Jersey

It seems that this week is an important week for those invested in the same-sex marriage debate. The debate is still on going, but we can first take a look to see where are the same-sex couples living in the New Jersey .



From the Heat Map, you can see the distribution of same-sex partner households in NJ, and you will get the details by clicking on the regions. Even though the map is not really up-to-date as the source was from 2010 Census, we can still take a glance about the issue.

We are not discussing about the same sex marriage issue, but we would like to show you how the interactive Google Map can tell story to the public.

We can create Heat Map to visualize the population distribution, and insert info box with text or other media contents to showcase a news. Try to think a topic and create one to express your thoughts now. Here is another United States Heat Map that tells stories within US.

Apple Map Acquires Indoor Mapping Company

Apple has acquired an indoor-GPS company, WifiSLAM, and it is just the beginning of this maps war.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the acquisition could help Apple to complete with Google, especially in the field of indoor map. It should be one of the big steps for Apple to gain a higher place in this maps war since Google Map still has it’s shortage in the iOS version. Apple would definitely gain back the confidence form Apple users if Apple can provide indoor maps of popular locations like airports, train stations, and shopping malls.

WifiSLAM provides service to detect a phone user’s location by using the Wi-Fi signals that inside a building, and it has been offering the technology for indoor mapping and new types of retail and social-networking apps.

It is just the beginning of this maps war, and let’s wait and see the development

Interactive World Map: Countries that are Most and Least Welcoming to Foreigners

A heat map about the most and least welcoming counties to foreigners, which according to the result in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 by World Economic Forum (WEF), has been posted on internet. According to the data, the top three most welcoming countries for foreigners are Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) is based on three broad categories of variables that facilitate or drive travel & tourism competitiveness. The three main categories are:

  1. Travel & Tourism regulatory framework subindex
  2. Travel & Tourism business environment and infrastructure subindex
  3. Travel & Tourism human, cultural, and natural resources subindex

Each of the above categories is composed in turn by a number of pillars of Travel & Tourism competitiveness, and there are:

  • policy rules and regulations
  • environmental sustainability
  • safety and security
  • health and hygiene
  • prioritization of travel & tourism
  • air transport infrastructure
  • ground transport infrastructure
  • tourism infrastructure
  • ICT infrastructure
  • price competitiveness in the Travel & Tourism industry
  • human resources
  • affinity for travel & tourism
  • natural resources
  • cultural resources

The WEF gathered the data from late 2011 through late 2012 by asking respondents, “How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?” And some people have pointed out several interesting points from the result:

  • Why South Korea ranks so low?
  • Why Yemen ranks above Sweden and Belgium?
  • Why Denmark, a rich Western European country, ranks much lower than its neighbors?

These are interesting questions that are valuable for further discussion.

Besides the above heat map, we have created an interactive one to showcase the TTCI report, and you can find more information by mouse over several regions (e.g. Switzerland, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, France)

Clickable Map: Chinese Influences in Central Asia

China is expanding her influences across the globe, especially those neighboring countries.  And interactive map about Chinese influences in Central Asia is created, and you can see how China affects the economy, politic, and security in Central Asia.

You can get more details by clicking the image map below or follow our twitter.china-in-central-asia

In the above interactive map, we can see images in each info box, and here is a video tutorial about adding image into the infobox:

Heat Map: Affordability of Housing in England

Heat Map is a geographical presentation of data in numerical values by using colors,and is widely used for different purposes, like population density, sales turnover by regions, working capacity for each state,etc. We just found a heat map about the current affordability of housing in England and you can click the image for details.

Since there are increasing queries about creating interactive heat map, we have prepared a sample map about creating a HTML5 heat map showcasing the distribution of hotels in California.

You can also create a heat map for any topics (e.g. sales distribution, distribution of telecommunication services, sources of materials) regarding to the video.

Video Made of Nokia’s HERE 3D Map

Nokia’s HERE 3D Map has done a great job this time – Paul Wex, a filmmaker, made a video called “Wide Web World” by using screenshots in Nokia’s 3D Here Map.

Nowadays, we are all fascinated by having a virtual travelling across the globe with the online map, for example Google Map’s Street View and various 3D maps provided by Google, Apple, Nokia and so on. Understanding the growing demand in the mapping industry, each companies are enhancing their map features in order to take the first place, and it seems that Nokia is an energetic child that can catch up the trend.

Check the video below and have the flyover view of various major world cities (e.g. New York, Toronto, London, Vienna, Berlin, Sydney).

Programming Beginners Can Create Clickable Image Maps

As a non-programmer, are you annoyed by the complicated css coding? As a programming beginner, are you trapped due to the limited HTML knowledge? But, you can still create your own interactive image map, even you know little about computer knowledge, with the assistant of online mapping software.

The major benefits of using online mapping software are no software installation is required, and the created maps can be easily share online. Various maps (e.g. flash map, custom Google Map, custom image map) can be created online with different clickable overlays (e.g. infobox, lines, regions highlight) even you know nothing about coding.

After using the mapping software, you will realize everyone, even those are new to coding, can create the clickable maps in a short time.

Google Map Brings You to the Australian Indoor

Finally Google Map has launched the Indoor Google Map for Australia on 13 March. With the Indoor Google Maps, people can navigate the indoor shopping centres, train stations, airports and many other places in Australia without getting lost.

The indoor maps will automatically appear when you zoom in on a location, and then fade away when you zoom out. You can now update the Indoor Google Map for your mobile devices.

Interactive Map of New Zealand: Water Restrictions


We found an informative Interactive Google Map about the water restrictions in New Zealand. The map pinpoints the locations with the restrictions and advisories across the country. You can click on the map for more information.

Take this map as an example, we can see that it is very common to pinpoint large amount of locations with description. It will be very time consuming if we add markers one by one manually; so people always ask if they can create the interactive map by uploading a data file. With the help of mapping software, you can always save your time in creating the custom map.

Crowdsourced Map for Wedding


Every time we talk about crowdsourcing, we will immediately think of “food”, “bars”, “festivals”,or other entertainment related keywords. Yet, one of our users has inspired us that crowdsourced map can be used as a message board for a wedding party!

We have received an enquiry from our user about using the Google Map as an interactive message board for her wedding. They are going to hold the wedding party in Australia and wanna invite their families and friends, whose are living in different countries. Being bored by the traditional invitation cards and social medias, they have come up with this idea.

Here we have created a similar sample map for reference. We have changed the headings of the crowdsourced map, for example changed the “login person” to “Cupido”. You, can play with this map by login with your email or other social media accounts (e.g. Facebook / Google+ / Twitter).

Interactive maps can be used in various ways, and we are still searching for more new ideas.