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The Geotaggers' World Atlas #1: New York

The Geotaggers' World Atlas #1: New York The Geotaggers' World Atlas #2: London The Geotaggers' World Atlas #3: Paris The Geotaggers' World Atlas #4: San Francisco The Geotaggers' World Atlas #5: Berlin The Geotaggers' World Atlas #6: Barcelona The Geotaggers' World Atlas #7: Boston The Geotaggers' World Atlas #8: Washington, DC The Geotaggers' World Atlas #9: Rome The Geotaggers' World Atlas #10: Toronto The Geotaggers' World Atlas #11: Chicago The Geotaggers' World Atlas #12: Vancouver The Geotaggers' World Atlas #13: Hong Kong The Geotaggers' World Atlas #14: Amsterdam The Geotaggers' World Atlas #15: Madrid The Geotaggers' World Atlas #16: Prague The Geotaggers' World Atlas #17: Las Vegas The Geotaggers' World Atlas #18: Venice The Geotaggers' World Atlas #19: Stockholm The Geotaggers' World Atlas #20: Tokyo

The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken in the central cluster of each one. This is a little unfair to aggressively polycentric cities like Tokyo and Los Angeles, which probably get lower placement than they really deserve because there are gaps where no one took any pictures. The central cluster of each map is not necessarily in the center of each image, because the image bounds are chosen to include as many geotagged locations as possible near the central cluster. All the maps are to the same scale (a square measuring 15 miles on each side), chosen to be just large enough for the central New York cluster to fit. The photo locations come from the public Flickr and Picasa search APIs.

Locals and Tourists tries to map which of these pictures are taken by locals and which by tourists.

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suzpo says:

wow these are fascinating! could you share how they were produced?
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Eric Fischer says:

Thanks! I got the photo locations from the Flickr and Picasa search APIs. The base maps that they are plotted on top of are from OpenStreetMap. I wrote some perl scripts to identify and plot the clusters of locations. The scripts generate PostScript which I then converted to JPEGs using Ghostscript.
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roomjosh says:

Super impressive!
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mon*ari says:

Awesome graphs!
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disavian says:

Any plans to include more cities?
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Danial79 says:

I'm not entirely sure what these are visually representing, but they are certainly intriguing :-)
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eskivic says:

beautiful visualization....no data on São Paulo, Brazil?
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tao*ksu says:

Very nice.
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James.Leng says:

these maps are amazing. any chance that prints would become available for sale? keep up the great work.
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Eric Fischer says:

Thanks! I'll have to figure out some good way to do prints. I do have the data for São Paulo and will try to add maps for more cities soon.
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asgw says:

If you're taking requests, Auckland (car-centric) and Wellington (with the Hutt Valley- the former public transport heavy and the Hutt car-burbia) would be great to visualise. (They're not very big cities in case that helps ;)
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Duane Rapp says:

So are the lines showing the direction each photograph was shot in ? If so, how are you figuring that out ?
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-cr says:

Interesting visualisations.
Thanks for sharing!
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MJ Citronella says:

Amazing, amazing set. I love new ways of using maps.
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Joanna_Casey says:

Superb. It's quite hard to find much that is original these days, but these pictures certainly are .. and are abstract images in their own right. I love maps.
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mamo_juve@yahoo.com says:

Amazing
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Alyn Carlson says:

beautiful.
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Airicsson says:

Amazing! Really interesting how these vectors define the cities, and give a new vision of these cities...

I think it is logical that the firsts 3 rank in this order...
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Eric Fischer says:

Thanks for the requests. I'll try to get some others up soon.

The lines show the direction that the photographer moved (based on the order of their pictures judging from the time stamps), not the direction the picture was taken. Unfortunately as far as I know there is no way to identify the direction of the picture since cameras do not tend to include a compass.
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Duane Rapp says:

Thanks. Some of the lines at Chicago Navy pier and the adlder planatarium looked like the line of sight of photos. Might be just as valid and easier to understand to just put dots at the coordinates also.

Although this is cool in that it shows the probable movement of the photographer in addition to their photo location
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Louise St Laurent Nicoll says:

way cool
i love the art in this fine world
:)
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Harobed and Samoht says:

Hi Eric, I see lots of other maps on your photostream. Are you a cartographer by trade? Or just geography/map buff?

Love the atlas!
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SSKao says:

Fantastic! Hope the detail procedure of making these graphics can be released soon (if you're so kind to share,) and we can do maps for our cities : )
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Not Quite Me says:

What an inspired idea and what amazing results.
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Colin Brice says:

Eric - I own an architecture firm called Mapos in New York, and we love your maps! Is there a way to get/pay for high quality prints?
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scott_clark says:

These are really interesting.

If the data is from points, how did you form the lines, and what do they mean?

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Seen in your The Geotaggers' World Atlas set. (?)
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cbcastro says:

Totally AWESOME :)
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kymak says:

really impressive project
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tylerkaraszewski says:

Is there a legend somewhere? What do the different colors represent? How does the density/darkness of the image areas relate to actual number of pictures taken?
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eldan says:

Thank you for making and sharing these! They're great, and I blogged about them here:

sustainablecitiesblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/geotaggers-wor...
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omaniblog says:

Please do one of Cork Ireland. I'll love you for it
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TaineAH says:

This is a wonderful set! Too bad there isn't a way, or I can't figure out a way, to fave the entire set in one click.
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i.thiagomendes says:

Very very nice, congratulations.
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Romulo fotos says:

Impresionante trabajo, único y maravilloso, felicitaciones!!!
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ecardenas.rm says:

¡Don't forget Lima and Cuzco!!!
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Anne Fernald says:

Just beautiful and so interesting. Lovely. Wow.
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Eric Fischer says:

Thanks!

I'll go through the locations that people have requested and try to add those soon.
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Santiago García Pimentel [deleted] says:

fantastic. is there enough information for mexico city to make one?
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drjermy says:

These are awesome! Could literally look at these for hours.
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cool_acid says:

Awesome! Can I ask for Mexico City map? Thanks!
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disavian says:

I'd like Atlanta. :)
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Hanli Geyser says:

So beautiful. I Would be very interested in seeing any space from Africa. Will you be exhibiting these?
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Eric Fischer says:

OK, I think this takes care of most of the requests: Sao Paulo, Atlanta, Mexico City, Indianapolis, Lima, Cork, Auckland, Wellington, and the Great Pyramid of Giza.
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Gerald Hensel says:

Wow!
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Cecilia Podadera says:

Genial!!!
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Santiago García Pimentel [deleted] says:

thanks for the new cities.
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Silver Cleo says:

I second the request for HQ versions and a willingness to pay for them or for prints of this set or your local vs tourist set! these are amazing!
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asgw says:

+1 thanks Eric! (re Wellington and Auckland)
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drmbjsb says:

Very Cool!
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poljotuhren [deleted] says:

Respect. Good job!
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en_la_bici says:

Hey Erik - do Mexico City!!! please!!!
Posted 55 months ago. ( permalink )

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Eric Fischer says:

The Locals and Tourists map for Mexico City is there if that is good enough for you. Or if not I can probably make one in this version too.
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cooperl says:

Hi Eric,

These studies are amazing. Any chance that I could see one for Sète, France? Much obliged!
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psonnino says:

Hi Eric,
I love, love, love, these maps! They are very beautiful! The concept is brilliant. Also thank you for putting up the scans from the San Francisco Plan. It is very nice to have them available.
Pat
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Santiago García Pimentel [deleted] says:

Hyderabad, India will be nice too
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Eric Fischer says:

Sorry, I don't have enough data to make good maps of Sète or Hyderabad yet. I hope people will post more pictures from there and then I can add them.
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Angelia 2041 says:

Thanks for your geomaps. I like tour too. very useful and good visualization.
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Birgit Speulman says:

Very interesting. They are like drawings.
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linkwize says:

Fascinating work!
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PaultheCooper says:

Hey Eric - I'm an architecture student trying to get some really simple base maps of New York (black and white or gray of single lined streets without the names) but I can't seem to figure out how to do that on OSM.
Can you help?
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Eric Fischer says:

Maybe... I never did figure out a good way to download just a subset of the OSM data, so I downloaded the whole planet.osm file and then broke it up into one-degree-square chunks myself. There's got to be a better way though.
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hartwig.jessica says:

amazing! I'd love to see one of Detroit as well!
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Eric Fischer says:

Here is the Detroit map from the Locals and Tourists version of these, which I hope is close enough to what you are looking for.
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somebrother says:

Fascinating stuff!
Would like to approximate this for various places. Is there a tutorial of sorts that would help extract a smaller set of information relating to time spans and geotags?
I'm thinking it would be interesting to plot the typical journey, and some outliers. It would also be interesting to plot dwell time, particularly if it seemed that a person was on foot.
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Eric Fischer says:

It would definitely be interesting to see those sorts of results for travel patterns. I haven't been able to reconstruct anything at that level of detail from it myself because the samples are so irregular -- people just don't take pictures often enough to be able to say anything about a single journey except in very rare cases.

If you are looking for geotags from a particular time range or particular geographic area, the Flickr search API lets you query for those with the min_upload_date, max_upload_date, and bbox arguments.
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somebrother says:

I can clarify what I meant by 'typical journey': using the data you do have, and deriving a typical, or mean, route from the aggregate, rather than trying to plot an actual journey.

In other words, a hypothetical journey that comes close to what the greatest number of people do. I think of it as an extremely slimmed version of the existing patterns.

Similarly, by 'outliers', I was thinking of alternative hypothetical journeys, so that we might see the top three variants of this statistically idealised journey.

The thing I'd be most interested in seeing are the routes that would result from plotting those points, and then tracing those routes to see what they held, and what's been overlooked.
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Eric Fischer says:

Hmm, so choosing a common origin and a common destination and looking at what different people do in between. It might work for some places that are very thoroughly visited and I'll give it a try.
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somebrother says:

Great!
I'm all eyes in anticipation!
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heicon says:

Wow, fantastic. Can I ask for Düsseldorf (Germany) and Luzern (Switzerland) map? :) Thanks!
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pecanduinformasi says:

Image maps are simply amazing. Give me inspiration to create vivid images in the future. It is also one of the world of teknologi informasi
innovation emergency.
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razbjerre says:

Hey Eric!

Incredible maps - keep up the good work! I was wondering if you had any tips on how I could make like this myself? It is for a university project and very much like the layering of information which is inherent in these maps
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