Explore New Maps

Examples of NMP student maps

Since the Spring 2015 academic semester, the New Maps Plus program has taught students with no prior computer programming background the skill set needed to produce interactive, thematic maps using the Leaflet.js/Mapbox.js libraries and APIs. The following maps were produced as final projects by students within these courses.

Students learned to use the distributed version control system hosted by GitHub to backup and share their JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code. They also developed online portfolios within these courses to showcase what they learned during the challenging, yet rewarding, program.

IPHC SETLINE SURVEYS

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) was established in 1923 by a convention between the governments of Canada and the United States. Its mandate is research on, and management of Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) within the convention waters of both nations. This interactive web map displays the station locations and regulatory areas where the annual setline surveys occur.

US ECONOMIES 2001 - 2013

Compare metropolitan Gross Domestic Product values across the US, and by industry sectors using the data selector. Use the date slider to see positive or negative growth over the years 2001 to 2013. Dollar values are represented in 2009 values for relative comparability. All GDP data is sourced from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

WEST COAST GROUNDFISH ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is currently reviewing Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Conservation Areas (EFHCA) and the Trawl Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) off the West Coast of the United States. The Council is evaluating alternatives that include areas to be closed to commercial trawl fishing, as well as currently closed areas to be reopened. These areas are referred to as polygons. This tool allows a user to select a custom set of EFHCA alternative polygons and see a summary of the metrics for their set.

FEDERALLY OWNED LANDS OF THE AMERICAN WEST

This map depicts US Federal government owned lands across the eleven western United States. The topic has been mapped before, but this map is interactive, uses proportional circles to show the percentage of Federal owned lands by state, and is presented with an attractive map projection.

THE EVOLUTION OF PITTSBURGH'S RIVER BRIDGES

This map is an interactive companion to the book, Pittsburgh's Bridges (Images of America), by Todd Wilson, PE, and Helen Wilson, showcasing how the river bridges in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania evolved from the wooden covered bridges of yesterday to those that define the skyline today.

STEP-BY-STEP

Step-by-Step is a community organization in Lexington focused on connecting young mothers (ages 14-24) to social services. Each service, divided into service categories, is dispalyed on the map and contains a pop-up and info panel displaying address, contact info, website, etc. This map will service Step-by-Step's managing team. The project began January 2015 and will continue development through summer 2015, based on the needs of Step-by-Step.

SHEPARD 1968

On display at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from April 29 - May 29, 2015, as part of The Fisher Lab and Its Legacy exhibit.

This video walks through a JavaScript implementation of Donald Shepard's 1968 inverse distance weighting algorithm, visualizing what makes the algorithm distinct from more simplistic nearest-neighbor interpolation. The algorithm (and SYMAP emulation) is coded in JavaScript and runs in-browser, making use of Mike Bostock's d3.js and Morgan Herlocker's turf.js. The video was produced using Adobe Illustrator and After Effects.

SERVICES AND ACCESS: MODAL TIMES IN NE LEXINGTON

This interactive map identifies services in Northeast Lexington and Modal Attributes associated with each service. Users are able to click anywhere on the map to place a marker. Then users can then click on a variety of visually categorized services to display an estimate of travel time (on foot, via bicycle, or automobile) from that service to the marker.

KENTUCKY TWEETS

This map uses geocoded tweets to visualize location of Kentucky related social media activity. The chloropleth map compares geotagged twitter data containing: Bourbon, Kentucky, Bluegrass, Kentucky Derby, Hillbilly, Kentucky Fried Chicken, BBN, Kentucky Colonel, Kentucky Kicks Ass, Unbridled Spirit, and Kentucky for Kentucky using hexagon, county, and state polygons.

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