U.S. Energy Mapping System

Last summer, we have shared an interactive U.S. map about how green each state is. After a half year, we find another U.S. map about energy, U.S. Energy Mapping System, that pinpoints various power plants across the States.

Since the map displays all the data in default, it may takes time for loading, and it is also messy for searching related information. Fortunately, the map provides category legend for filtering that you can make the map more simple and neatly by disabling unrelated layers. Though category legend is provided, you may still be confused by the long list of legend items. We suggest you to remove all the layers first, and then check specific items in the checkbox for better filtering.

Similar to majority of interactive maps, additional information of each power plant (e.g. plant name, plant code, utility name, summer capacity) can be seen in the mouse click boxes.

Click the following image to see the interactive map:
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Interactive World Map: NSA Interception

Last year, Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency documents that remind us the insecure of our privacy. Here is an interactive world map, taking reference from the Snowden reports on surveillance by NSA, shows which countries are being intercepted by the spy services from the Western World (Five Eyes group – the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

The map is created by Sniffmap, which has run random tests on international internet traffic originating from a country for checking how many routes are intercepted by Five Eyes.

The concept of this map is checking if an internet route between two IP addresses would pass by an NSA controlled country. If yes, the route will be considered as intercepted that you can see around 80% of the routes are captured by Five Eyes in the map.

Limitations of the map:
Sniffmap admits that the map fails to take account data captured by non-Five Eyes countries.
The map depends on geographic IP to determine location of routers, which is not 100% accurate.
This map is lacking most of the data from African countries that you could improve it by contributing traceroute results.

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Best Coffee in NYC by Subway Stops

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We have shared various subway maps, no matter those are interactive or static, all the time since subway maps are so common and important to us in our daily life, especially to those who take subway everyday. Here we have found another useful subway map for busy New Yorkers to check out the best coffee around you by subway stops.

This NYC subway map is created by Butterfruit Labs that shows the best coffeehouses in Manhattan by subway stops. The standards of being “the best coffeehouse” are equipment they used, the type/source of beans, stop proximity, and reviews from both customers and professionals. You may find that Dunkin Donuts & Starbucks maybe in the map since some locations do not have great options other than these two.

Let’s try all the best coffee in town by following the map!
best coffee in new york cityMap Reviews: 3.5/5Stars
Subway map is the best material to create interactive image for various purposes, e.g. introduce attractions by stop, share audios/videos by stop, or introduce best coffee/restaurants by stop. This map is useful and informative to those living in NYC, especially those coffee-addicts.
Last year, we have shared an interactive Kuala Lumpur map of independent cafes, which provides detailed information for each cafe in pop-up boxes. Similarly, the above subway map can be more informative and interesting by converting it into dynamic images with tooltips/description boxes.
Furthermore, category legends can be created for categorizing those chain stores and independent cafes.
Let’s see if any interactive subway maps will be created in the future for another topics, and please feel free to share your findings to as well!

Interactive US Map: The Most “Pleasant” Days in a Year

Have you ever counted how many pleasant days or sunny days you can enjoy in the U.S. per year? Here is an interactive map that presents the analysed result for your reference, and it is unsurprising that South California is the best state to enjoy pleasant days.

This interactive map is created by Kelly Norton, a designer and software engineer in Atlanta, using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the past 23 years. According to the criteria of Norton, a “pleasant” day should be:

  • mean temperature between (55° F and 75° F)
  • temperature between 45-85 ° F
  • no significant precipitation or snow depth

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According to the map, the top five pleasant places in America are Los Angeles, San Diego, Oxnard, Simi Valley, and San Francisco, which are all in California that residents there can enjoy over 150 pleasant days per year. Conversely, residents in MC Allister, Northeast of Reno, Clancy, and Douglas can only enjoy around 15 pleasant days per year.

Please note that the criteria of Norton is subjective and based on his own experience. Let’s check out the map and see if you agree with him or not.

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This map presents an interesting survey result on a neat and simple interface that all cities are being represented by circles, and further information with a bar chart can be found in the mouseover box.
The map is user-friendly enough with a search box for searching places using zip code, though it will be better if it also support searching by addresses.
There is also a little suggestion for the map that a key legend can be created for indicating the circles’ colors as darker blue represents city with more pleasant days while lighter blue represents fewer pleasant days.
Overall the map is interesting and quite informative, though not very objective, with nice design. More similar maps can be created using custom images by utilizing some image editors.

US Map: Where Americans Admit Doing Drugs on Their Profiles

Online dating site AYI.com had an interesting study about their users’ profiles, and found that members in several states (e.g. Colorado and Washington) are more likely to admit doing drugs on the profiles.

According to the report, states with fewest drug users are those culturally conservative states, including Utah, Virginia, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Mississippi.

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Here is another US map of current marijuana laws:
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Please note that users may also admit doing drugs even their state has not legalized the marijuana.

Check out the study from AYI.com here.

Interactive Heat Map: Gender Inequality in the World

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Here is an interactive heat map showing gender inequality across the world based on each country’s Gender Inequality Index (GII), which according to the number of factors (e.g. maternal mortality rate, the number of seats women hold in government bodies, the labor force participation rate). The lower the GII number, the better gender equality in the country.

According to the map, we can see that gender equality in European countries are higher than countries in other areas as all the top ten are European countries, while the top three are the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. We may be surprised that the U.S. ranks while Canada and U.K. ranks 18 and 34 respectively.

Women in Yemen, Afghanistan, Niger, Saudi Arabia, and Congo are living in the least gender equal society.

Map users can mouseover the countries to see the actual GII in the tooltips and see if you agree with the map. GII is just an index for giving us basic concept about the gender equality in various countries while realistic situation can be various depends on regions (rural areas and cities), how the media treats women, women status in family (e.g. role in parenting and marriage).

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This heat map is simple and net enough for showing the GII report with tooltips however, this map can be more informative by providing detailed information for specific countries (e.g. external links to related news, videos, background information of the country).

Interactive Chicago Commute Mode Map

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Few months ago, we have shared an interactive commute map in Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York regions, and now we find another commute map for Chicago. This map shows various transportation mode people use for commute in each Chicago’s neighborhood.

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The map is created by Shaun Jacobsen, a writer of the Transitized blog and a freelances of Streetblog, last week for showing the primary commute mode foe each census tract using data from 2008-2012, and also displays how many households do not own a car that map users may be surprised by the fact that there is amount of households in Chicago don’t own a car.

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This map provides rich-information for various commute mode with detailed statistic. However, the category legend for selecting heat map layer of individual commute mode is hidden that map users may find difficult to figure it out. Category legend and map legends are always playing important role in indication that it should be displayed in the default map view.

Interactive Homicide Report for Los Angeles

There is an interactive map for homicide reports in Los Angeles County that any death deemed a homicide by the coroner’s office will be included in the report.

This interactive report is a clustering map that map users can zoom in the map by clicking the bubble. Detailed information of the individual homicide (e.g. report of the case, updated news of the arrests, and court trials) can be seen by selecting a specific point on the map.

Heat map overlay is also applied on the map for highlighting regions in various homicide levels.

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Since 2007, 33% of the deaths in L.A. come from the African American community that gun violence accounted for 74% of it. (We have previously shared another U.S. map about gun violence.)

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
This interactive map is very informative and user-friendly that provides detailed information for individual case on a neat and simple interface. Clear and simple interface are key elements when creating a map, and here are some highlights for this map:

  • Clustering feature helps simplifying numerous points on the map
  • Category legend is provided for user to disable useless information on the map
  • Heat map layer in light and soft color tone keep the map looks simple
  • Heat map legend is provided for indication

As an interactive report, this map is easy to navigate and valuable for residents to keep tracking the safety status in their community.

Interactive US Map: Snowfall Report

Recently USA is being affected by the polar vortex, and regions like Central Pennsylvania is under winter storm warming. For checking the updated snowfall and temperatures, residents may refer to the following interactive snowfall report that created by National Weather Service.

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Residents can mouse click the points for details in the popup box, or look for the information in the marker list.

Interactive Map: Education in the USA

The editors at Best Education Degrees have created an interactive US heat map for showcasing education in the USA in nine categories, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Education, and the Guttmacher Institute.

The nine categories for the heat map are:

  1. High School Graduation Rate
  2. Education Spending per Student
  3. College Graduation Rate
  4. Student Teacher Ratio
  5. Teen Pregnancy Rate
  6. 8th Grade Maths Assessment
  7. 8th Grade Reading Assessment
  8. 8th Grade Science Assessment
  9. 8th Grade Writing Assessment

Detailed information for each state about all categories can be seen in the infobox by mouse clicking the specific state.
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