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Helping public health officials combat COVID-19

As global communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increasing emphasis on public health strategies, like social distancing measures, to slow the rate of transmission. In Google Maps, we use aggregated, anonymized data showing how busy certain types of places are—helping identify when a local business tends to be the most crowded. We have heard from public health officials that this same type of aggregated, anonymized data could be helpful as they make critical decisions to...
Tags: Health, Maps, Md, Louisiana United States, COVID, COVID-19 response, Jen FitzpatrickKaren DeSalvo, M.P.H


Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest

A database of daily fever readings shows that the numbers declined as people disappeared indoors.
Tags: Maps, News, New York City, Research, Fever, Hospitals, Epidemics, Louisiana, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Thermometers, Donald J, Medicine and Health, Shutdowns (Institutional, Manhattan (NYC, Tests (Medical


Phone data on social distancing

In a world where just about everything is traceable, it does not come as a surprise that Americans’ cell phones are now a great way to track who is self-isolating and social distancing. Unacast, a company that collects and analyzes phone GPS location data, just revealed its “Social Distancing Scoreboard” that shows which residents around the country are actually abiding by the behavior encouraged by health officials. Unacast compared current location data to data collected on a typical pre-p...
Tags: Travel, Maps, Wyoming, Washington Dc, States, All, Unacast, Social Distancing, Alaska Nevada New Jersey Rhode Island, Oregon New Mexico Idaho Montana


Coronavirus Has Slashed Global Air Pollution. This Interactive Map Shows How.

The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world, grinding to a halt increasingly large geographic areas and portions of the economy in an effort to slow the virus’ spread.Read more...
Tags: Maps, Science, Air Pollution, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Porsche Taylor puts women in the driver's seat

Porsche Taylor’s first time riding a motorcycle alone could have gone better. “That first ride, I had absolutely nothing on right: My helmet was too big, I didn’t own a jacket. I might have had on some baseball gloves; everything was just totally upside-down wrong,” she says. “But I wasn’t afraid, it was exhilarating. It was trying something new, being in control. It was that initial feeling of the freedom of the wind.”Porsche was one of the participants in the Women Riders World Relay, a relay ...
Tags: Google, Maps, Texas, London, Molly, Scotland, La, Porsche, Maine, Southwest, Diversity and Inclusion, WRWR, Porsche Taylor, Porsche Google Maps, London Nigeria France


"It was only natural for me to document my experience. I decided to map the four walls I was confined in and see where that took me creatively."

Said Gareth Fuller, quoted in "What happens when a map artist goes into quarantine" (CNN). Go to the link to see both his very elaborate artwork depicting cities and his cartoon-style mapping of his own little place. Both levels of art are good, and it resonates with me because it fits my favorite abstract category big and small. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Maps, Law, Solitude, Big And Small, Ann Althouse, GARETH FULLER


Connecting people with COVID-19 information and resources

Since the beginning of the year, search interest in COVID-19 has continued to climb around the world. Right now the disease is the largest topic people are looking for globally, surpassing even some of the most common and consistent queries we see in Search. As this public health crisis has evolved into a pandemic, information needs are continuing to change, differing from region to region. When COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) in ...
Tags: Health, Maps, Cdc, Search, Who, World Health Organization WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Emily Moxley, COVID, COVID-19 response


Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

To slow the virus, Alessandro Vespignani and other analysts are racing to model the behavior of its human host.
Tags: Maps, News, Fever, Physics, Epidemics, Census, Travel Warnings, Computers and the Internet, Alessandro Vespignani, Shutdowns (Institutional, Quarantines, Your-feed-science, Your-feed-health, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Social Network of Coronavirus


The History of the Plague: Every Major Epidemic in an Animated Map

All of us have tried to come to grips with the coronavirus in different ways. Here on Open Culture we've featured online courses to get you conversant in the science around the pandemic, but readers of this site will also have sought out the most pertinent works of history and literature. That goes especially for those in need of reading material while in states of quarantine or lockdown (self-imposed or otherwise), and any list of recommended books must include Daniel Defoe's A Journal ...
Tags: Health, Google, Europe, Maps, Milan, London, College, France, Africa, History, Middle East, Korea, Albert Camus, Seoul, Seville, John Snow


U.S. counties with a life expectancy of 80 years or more

Not for much longer, sure, but here's a map of American counties whose residents enjoy a life expectancy of more than eighty years. It was drafted by Spooderman89 on Reddit using mapchart.com. I believe the only states with not a single long-lived county are Mississippi and Delaware.
Tags: Health, Post, Maps, News, Mississippi, Reddit


How a Local Guide helps women achieve financial freedom

Three years ago, my world changed completely. Three different surgeries after a road accident left me bedridden and confined to one room for a year and a half. I wondered if I would ever fully recover. I wondered if my career would suffer. I wondered if I would be able to do what I loved—traveling, eating out, and meeting new people. I wondered if I would be happy again. Thankfully, an optimistic friend planted an idea in my head: “Why don't you leave Google Maps reviews for places you have alre...
Tags: Google, Maps, India, San Francisco, Google Maps, Sam, Baker, Local Guides, Vapi, Urmila, Priyanka Udadhyay, Vapi India, Priyanka Upadhyay


Michael Hertz — You’ve Surely Seen His Subway Map — Dies at 87

In 1979 his firm came up with the New York City subway map that is the basis for the one still used.
Tags: Maps, News, Subways, New York City, Hertz, Michael, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Deaths (Obituaries, Transit Systems, Michael Hertz


Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: Which one is best for you?

Apple Maps and Google Maps are now similar, but which one is better? We explore some of the key differences.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Maps, Trends, Google Maps, Apple Maps


Reading Jane Eyre: All 594 translations in 57 languages

The project is called Prismatic Jane Eyre and is the brain child of University of Oxford professor Matthew Reynolds. In collaboration with an international team of more than two dozen scholars they dove deep into the publishing history of Charlotte Brontë’s classic 1847 novel, Jane Eyre. Why Jane Eyre? Says Reynolds: The more I thought about and re-read Jane Eyre, the more it came to seem the perfect book for the kind of exploration I wanted to make. It was full of contradictions that were like...
Tags: Books, Maps, University of Oxford, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Reynolds, Books and Technology, Literature In Translation, Matthew Reynolds, Tomoji Abe


Misleading coronavirus map

As important as it is to stay informed during a global epidemic like the new coronavirus, it’s equally important to prevent the spread of misinformation, which can cause unnecessary panic. All it takes is the publication of one inaccurate statistic or map to drive people into a frenzy, which could end up exacerbating the problem instead of simply promoting caution. For example, one map depicting global air travel (unrelated to the coronavirus) was mistakenly shared as an illustration of the v...
Tags: Travel, Maps, China, Bbc, Wuhan, All, University Of Southampton, Coronavirus


Google Maps 101: how contributed content makes a more helpful map

Recently, we gave you a behind-the-scenes look at how we map the world and use imagery to capture the meaningful details around us. Now we’re diving into how content contributed by our user community makes Google Maps a more helpful tool for everyday decision making, whether you’re looking for the best burrito in a new city or trying to find a local car mechanic in your neighborhood.  Contributions create a more helpful map When we look at the places around us, it’s clear that not all the inform...
Tags: Google, Maps, Google Maps, Sao Paulo, Kevin Reece, Adriano Anjos


Why not even Minnesota is safe from quakes

Californians, want to run away from the Big One? Head for Minnesota.As this map shows, the Gopher State is the least likely to be hit by earthquakes.Choose your new home wisely, though: even Minnesota has one earthquake-sensitive spot. Not if, but when It's not if, but when: Californians live with the certainty that someday, the Big One will hit. The Big One is an earthquake with a magnitude of at least 7.8 on the Richter scale. Because of the plate tectonics at work under California, big quak...
Tags: Maps, Texas, Minnesota, California, Earthquake, Georgia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Geology, Innovation, Natural Disaster, Usgs, Pacific, Morris, Richter


One man's mission to add civil rights history to Google Maps

“I think in another life, I would have been a private investigator,” says Paul Kang. The Nashville resident is a paralegal for an immigration law firm, but it’s his hobby as a Local Guide on Google Maps that’s brought out his inner detective, turning him into something of a historian.Paul and his family moved to Tennessee in 2012, and it was out of necessity that he was first introduced to Google Maps and soon after Local Guides, the community of everyday people who are passionate about sharing ...
Tags: Google, Maps, Molly, Tennessee, Nashville, Google Maps, Memphis, Martin Luther King Jr, Emmett Till, PAUL, Paul Kang, Diversity and Inclusion, Courthouse


An Artist Tricks Google Maps Into Creating a Virtual Traffic Jam, Using a Little Red Wagon & 99 Smartphones

Sometimes the miraculous time-saving conveniences we’ve come to depend on can have the opposite effect, as artist Simon Wickert recently demonstrated, ambling about the streets of Berlin at a Huck Finn-ish pace, towing a squeaky-wheeled red wagon loaded with 99 secondhand smartphones. Each phone had a SIM card, and all were running the Google Maps app. The result? A near-instantaneous "virtual traffic jam” on Google Maps, even though bicyclists seem to vastly outnumber motorists alon...
Tags: Travel, Google, Maps, Technology, Instagram, College, Life, Berlin, New York City, Earth, Rome, Egypt, Airbnb, Google Maps, Facebook Twitter, U S Geological Survey USGS


Street View’s 15 favorite Street Views

The past 15 years of Google Maps have been an incredible journey, and Street View has been along for much of the ride. To celebrate Google Maps turning 15, we’re sharing a list of our 15 favorite Street Views from over the years. Street View started as a project to help people explore different places from their computers, and launched in 2007 with the quirkiest product launch video ever. Today, Street View has become a key part of how we map the world in more than 220 countries and territories....
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Maps, Yosemite, Australia, Nasa, International Space Station, Paris, New Zealand, Finland, Peru, Tokyo, Greenland, Aurora Borealis, Google Maps, Christmas Island


Google Maps is turning 15! Celebrate with a new look and features

In 2005, we set out to map the world. Since then we’ve pushed the limits of what a map can do: from helping you easily navigate from point A to B, to helping you explore and get things done in the world. With more than 1 billion people turning to Google Maps to see and explore the world, we're celebrating our 15th birthday with a new look and product updates based on feedback from you. A fresh look from the inside out Starting today, you'll see an updated Google Maps app for Android and iOS ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Maps, Google Maps, Dane Glasgow, Google Maps New Google Maps


A look back at 15 years of mapping the world

Fifteen years ago, we launched Google Maps as a useful way to help people get around. Working on Google’s geo efforts for more than 15 years, watching Maps grow into what it is today has been an unbelievable experience. As we’ve added features and capabilities, Google Maps has evolved into much more than a website that gives you turn-by-turn directions. Today, it’s a gateway to exploring the world—both digitally and in real life, on foot or by car, via public transit or a wheelchair. Pardon the ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Maps, Portland, Google Earth, Portland Oregon, Google Maps, Grand Canyon, Elizabeth Reid, Google Maps Platform, Google Trip Planner


Bermeja, the island that vanished off the coast of the Yucatán peninsula

On this Thoughty2 video, Arran tells the fascinating tale of Bermeja, an allegedly 80 square kilometers island indicated on many maps, starting in the 16th and 17th centuries. The problem is, it doesn't appear to actually exist. Many theories abound about what could have happened to it or why it would be on so many old maps if it never existed. I love the idea that it was put there by a mapmaker as a kind of watermark to prove that other cartographers had simply copied his work. Mexico has g...
Tags: Video, Maps, News, Mexico, Weird, Mysteries, Islands, Yucatan Peninsula, Arran, Bermeja


Oldest companies in the world

Amazon, Google , and Apple may be the biggest names in business right now, but they are only a few decades old, and have not proven that they can stand the test of time. Some companies, however, have been around for over 1,000 years, as shown on this map of the oldest (currently operational) company in almost every country in the world. Photo: BusinessFinancing.co.uk St. Peter Stiftskulinarium is the oldest company in Europe. Opened in 803 in Salzburg, Austria, the restaurant is the oldest ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Asia, Europe, Maps, UK, Australia, France, Africa, Canada, United Kingdom, South America, North America, Bogota, Oceania, All


HBD Maps! Reflecting on 15 years of mapping the world

For me, the best way to get to know a new place is to explore its neighborhoods, visit some small businesses, and try some of the local fare. Of course sometimes I just want some comfort food. I’m always happy when I can combine both of these interests by hunting down a good, local veggie burrito. Burritos are one of the things that help me feel normal when jet lagged between time zones. Finding one is easy when I’m in places like Dallas. It’s not always as simple when I’m in a city like Helsink...
Tags: Google, Maps, India, Philippines, Pakistan, Dallas, Google Maps, Mumbai, Sundar Pichai, Helsinki


Charting the next 15 years of Google Maps

It’s easy to take for granted how much information about the world is now available at our fingertips. But it wasn’t long ago that traveling to a new place meant fumbling through sheets of turn-by-turn instructions while trying to keep one hand on the steering wheel, with no way to anticipate how bad traffic would be or find a restaurant along the way. It was around that time, 15 years ago, that Google Maps set out on an audacious goal to map the world. I remember seeing early versions of Google...
Tags: Google, Maps, Google Maps, Lagos Nigeria, ETAs, Jen Fitzpatrick


The Best New Features to Try in the Apple Maps Redesign

Apple Maps is back with a brand-new edition, one that the company hopes makes it more appealing (and competitive) compared to the Google Maps and Wazes of the app world. Not only does the new Apple Maps look a lot better, thanks to all the details about buildings, landmarks, and terrain that Apple has packed in, but…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Maps, Lifehacks, Google Maps, Apple Maps, iPadOS, Wazes


Apple’s redesigned Maps app is available across the US, adds real-time transit for Miami

Apple’s updated and more detailed Maps experience has now rolled out across the U.S., the company announced this morning. The redesigned app will include more accurate information overall as well as comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls and other public places. It will also bring Look Around to more cities and real-time transit to Miami. The company has now spent years upgrading its Maps experience to better compete with Google Maps, which Apple replaced with its own Ma...
Tags: Apple, Google, Apps, Europe, Maps, New York, US, Siri, Tech, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, United States, Tim Cook, Miami, Google Maps, Apple Maps


Apple’s redesigned Maps app is available across the U.S., adds real-time transit for Miami

Apple’s updated and more detailed Maps experience has now rolled out across the U.S., the company announced this morning. The redesigned app will include more accurate information overall as well as comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls, and other public places. It will also bring Look Around to more cities and real-time transit to Miami. The company has now spent years upgrading its Maps experience to better compete with Google Maps, which Apple replaced with its own M...
Tags: Apple, Google, Apps, Europe, Maps, New York, Siri, Tech, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, United States, Tim Cook, Miami, Google Maps, Apple Maps, North East


Why Trump's Palestine map is important

Trump's Middle East plan is the first U.S. proposal to contain a map of a two-state solution.Considering Israel's close involvement, this map represents a Palestine 'Israel can live with'.But Palestinians are unlikely to agree to give up East Jerusalem—or much else. Caught between a napkin and a conspiracy "I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale," fulminated Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in a televised speech from Ramallah. "Your (…) conspiracy will not pass." Meeting ...
Tags: Maps, News, Israel, Jerusalem, War, United States, Egypt, Foreign Policy, Washington Dc, Gaza, Middle East, Palestine, West Bank, Innovation, Jordan, Benjamin Netanyahu