Mad for mapping: 6 projects that change the way you see data

What lessons can geography teach your business?

If you haven't yet gotten into mapping your data, now might be a good time to take a closer look.

Here are 6 mapping projects that will get you thinking about how geography can inform your business.

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HSL Live

The Helsinki transit network provides real time information on where their trains are located, and you can watch this web page to see where they are and when they will arrive at your location. A number of other transit agencies are doing something similar.

Map Kibera

Here is a map that was crowd sourced of a neighborhood outside of Nairobi Kenya which until this effort was pretty much an uncharted territory. Thanks to this citizen effort, the community put together a map with all sorts of resources located.

Winery Map

David Smith put this map together from about 400 wineries in the Napa Valley area. Not only can you scroll and zoom the map, but clicking on one of the winery markers will tell you its address and whether an appointment is required for tastings. digitizes retail store maps so shoppers can more easily locate products on the shelves.