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5 to 12 January, 2014
Guide to Cartography
A very interesting summary of information on Maps, Map History,
and Cartography. Includes links for further information on thematic maps, map design,
and famous cartographers, including Eratosthenes and Mercator. Also, there's a helpful
page on understanding scales.
12 to 19 January, 2014
David Rumsey Map
An amazingly comprehensive map collection, database, and blog.
Over 46,000 historical maps online, categorized in a variety of useful ways -- globes,
school geography, children's -- and searchable. Among blog posts are links to an
exhibition of historical maps of San Francisco. A site worth bookmarking.
19 to 26 January, 2014
The University of Texas at Austin maintains this library, both
as paper maps and online. Their collection is vast, and only about 20% is online, but
even so, there is so much here it's unlikely you won't find what you want. You can
search by region, read through the FAQ section, learn about and retrieve thematic and
topographic maps from around the world, and also browse a very extensive collection of
26 January to 2 February, 2014
Blue Marble Earth Studies
NASA studies space and also studies Earth. This site, part of
NASA's Earth Observatory, is a collection of images of Earth, taken from space, and
assembled into photo-mosaics that show regions and continents and the whole Earth during
various parts of the year. Watch Polar ice caps grow and shrink, watch colors change as
vegetation changes during the seasons. And be sure to select the tabs for other parts
of the Earth Observatory site.
2 to 9 February, 2014
How Far is it
An invaluable service for researchers, travelers, and the
curious. This site calculates the distance between two locations, and returns the
distance in statute and nautical miles, and in Kilometers, and gives you latitude and
longitude, and headings; it also gives you your carbon footprint if you travel between
the two locations by car, train, or airplane. Fun and interesting and useful.
9 to 16 February, 2014
The Great Circle Mapper
An amazingly useful resource in thinking about the world, in
searching for information. The Great Circle Mapper allows you to enter text -- such as
an airport code (or several) -- to get paths, distances, and routes between the
locations; it allows you to see a circle showing a set distance from a given location,
or you can search for locations by name or by airport code. Enter a city name, and get
all the airports in locations with that name, then click on the airport code or name for
further infoamation. Amazing detail.
16 to 23 February, 2014
Zip Code and Carbon
Fascinating stuff here; maps that display average household
carbon footprints matched to zip codes in the contiguous US; maps that display household
energy use by zip; maps that display average vehicle miles, again by zip. And you can
mouse over the map to see the particular data for any zip code. A very complex task,
presented in a simple and intuitive way
23 February to 2 March, 2014
Alternatives to Google
Google accounts for a vast majority of desktop and mobile
searches in the US, the UK, and all over the world. But there are alternatives, and
some are very good. This is a link to a BBC story about alternatives to Google, and
when to turn to them. Fun to try some of these. My favorite alternative is DuckDuckGo because of its focus on
2 to 9 March, 2014
An entirely volunteer project -- "An organized sampling of the
world". The idea is for visitors to the site to find and photograph the points on land
where any degree of latitude and any degree of longitude meet. These 12,789 points are
mapped out on the site, and you can volunteer to attempt to photograph any that you care
to. There are excellent map resources, and a continually updated list showing possible
locations, attempts, and photographs of successlful visits. Even if you never attempt to
photograph one yourself, there's still a wealth of geographical information here for you
and your students.
9 to 16 March, 2014
The Agropolis Museum in Montpellier, France, maintains this
website as a way to display and extend their different exhibitions around the topics of
"food, and the people who produce it". There are four main areas -- "World's Food",
comparing production, comsumption and more worldwide; "History of food and agriculture",
"Farmers and farming over the world", and the "Banquet of Humanity". Each area brings
you some sense of what the exhibit is about, and gives information about the topic.
This site is available in French as well as in English, and the French version is by far
the richer of the two, as it includes streaming videos, news about the Museum's displays
and animations, and more.
16 to 23 March, 2014
Library of Congress Global Gateway
An expansive and fascinating collection of links and information
about the world, from the US Library of Congress. At the top, link to collaborative
digital libraries (bilingual multimedia digital libraries, built with other libraries
around the world), and individual digital collections (searchable collections that focus
on history and cultures around the world). Then there are links to all kinds of other
LOC work, and a detailed FAQ page.
23 to 30 March, 2014
Subtitled "The Search for Another Earth", this web site, part of
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, explores Exoplanets -- the 1000+ that have been confirmed as
planets, and the nearly 4000 "candidates", still being studied to see if they are really
planets. There's an amazing amount of information and data here, for teachers, for
professionals, for everybody. The images and videos are worth exploring -- some of them
30 March to 6 April, 2014
How does development affect individuals in different countries?
Oral testimonies have been gathered from mountain communities in ten countries -- in the
Himalaya, the Andes, the Sierra Norte, Mount Elgon, the highlands of Ethiopia and
Lesotho, China, the Sudety mountains and the Karakorum mountains. Students can learn of
the past and present of many native peoples in the world, as well as the realities of
the global economy in these regions.
6 to 13 April, 2014
Current Position of the
Where is the International Space Station right now? This little
"Astroviewer" will show you. The view is shown as "what the astronauts see right now".
You can open a secondary map by clicking the "snapshot" button, or see the larger,
whole-Earth map just below the moving map. The map is detailed, and the ISS moves very
fast, making a complete circuit of the Earth in about 90 minutes. Fascinating. Even
13 to 20 April, 2014
The U.S. National
The National Atlas is going away! The last date that the
National Atlas will be in service will be September 30, 2014. After that time, visitors
will be directed to The National
Map, a different, useful, but much less detailed USGS product. Use the time between
now and the end of September to browse and download what you may find useful, including
population, economy, infrastructure, natural resources, environment, government, and
history of the Nation.
20 to 27 April, 2014
A worldwide news and media guide -- providing access to
newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV stations, and news agencies, worldwide. Very
easy to navigate: a site index, and search boxes, allow you to quickly find a news
outlet in Maseru, Lesotho, or a TV station in Honolulu, or whatever. They also provide
a contact list for different media outlets, plus information on Newspaper and TV and
Radio ownership in the US.
27 April to 4 May, 2014
The Internet Archive
A phenomenal archive of everything that is now, or ever has
been, on the internet. As they say, "a digital library of internet sites and other
cultural artifacts in digital form... Like a paper library, we provide free access to
researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public." My
favorite part of this is still The Wayback Machine -- enter any URL, and see what it
looked like through its history -- for example, the early days of mapping.com, or of
google. Great fun, and fascinating.
4 to 11 May, 2014
Wildfire activity blazes across the U.S. throughout the Spring,
Summer, and Autumn months. The government agencies charged with control of these fires
and minizing the damage they cause are the Department of the Interior and the Department
of Agriculture. To help them coordinate their efforts, the Interagency Fire Center has
created the Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination website, geoMAC. Among its many
features, geoMAC has a near-real-time map showing the location of fires in great detail,
and links to all the relevant offices, including National Weather Service, Bureau of
Land Management, the Forest Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
11 to 18 May, 2014
BBC Weather Center
One of the great weather pages on the web, the BBC Weather
Center gives you very easy interfaces to UK and World weather, plus quick links to
travel weather, sports and events, astronomy, gardening, marine weather, pollen counts,
and a large number of special features.
18 to 25 May, 2014
Originally created by Columbia University and now its own
independent operation, Bartleby is an online collection of some of the greatest
reference books in the world. Free of charge, you can access the complete American
Heritage Collegiate Dictionary, the complete Columbia Encyclopedia, the complete Oxford
Shakespeare, the complete Gray's Anatomy, the complete 70 volumes of the Harvard
Classics, a huge range of poets and poetry, and much more. Best of all, you can use
Bartleby two ways: you can browse through Bartleby's online "books" by hand or you can
search all of Bartleby's works for a particular keyword or phrase.
25 May to 1 June, 2014
A profoundly important NASA site -- for teachers, researchers,
and for those interested in Earth's condition. In their own words: "The Landsat program
offers the longest continuous global record of the Earth's surface; it continues to
deliver visually stunning and scientifically valuable images of our planet." One
example: the LCLUC, Land Cover and Land Use Change Program, shows land use across time,
and changes in how land is used. Fascinating, useful, and amazingly detailed.
1 to 8 June, 2014
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our universe is
featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. Astronomy
Picture of the Day (APOD) is originated, written, coordinated, and edited since 1995 by
two professional astronomers, Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. The APOD archive
contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.
8 to 15 June, 2014
World Food Clock
Based on data from the FAO, from the Institution of Mechanical
Engineers, and from the UN Development Program, this amazing site streams all kinds of
information relating to food production, consumption and waste. Stunning.
15 to 22 June, 2014
Geography Page at Univ of Buffalo Libraries
This is a link to selected geography and map resources available
on the Internet and in the Univ of Buffalo librarys. Links include Maps and Mapping,
Map Collections, Satellite Imagery, Gazetteers, and much, much more. There is even a
link to the subject librarian, so you can send him a query or a compliment.
22 to 29 June, 2014
Most spoken languages
On slate.com, this page has several maps that show very
interesting language facts about each state -- most widely-spoken language other than
Enligh, other than English and Spanish, native languages, Scandinavian languages,
African languages. Fascinating. Would you believe that Vietnamese is the third language
of Washington, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas? Great maps here.
29 June to 6 July, 2014
National Flags From Foods
As part of a promotion for a food festival in Australia, an Ad
Agency designed flags of 18 nations using food that is commonly associated with each
country, and matching the colors of the flag. Fun
6 to 13 July, 2014
A remarkable animation and visualization of global weather,
showing ocean surface currents, ocean surface temperatures, atmospheric pressure, wind
speed, and more. Begin by reading the "about" page here.
13 to 20 July, 2014
Maps that May Change the
Way You See the World
A number of interesting maps -- not at all apolitical, and
with some strange spelling errors, but still fascinating.
20 to 27 July, 2014
NASA's Visible Earth
The ultimate archive of NASA images of the Earth -- still images
and animations. An astonishing resource.
27 July to 3 August, 2014
North American Numbering Plan
This site provides information about the North American
Numbering Plan (NANP) and its administration. The NANP is the numbering plan for the
Public Switched Telephone Network for Canada, the US and its territories, and some
Caribbean countries, including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British
Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica,
Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and
Tobago, and Turks & Caicos. There is a good chunk of useful information here. Even if
you're not curious about NPA relief planning, or CO prefixes, this is at least a good
place to find out where all those new area codes are located.
3 to 10 August, 2014
Population Reference Bureau
One of the very best sources for global population information,
the Population Reference Bureau maintains a site which is incredibly rich and deep, with
information about hundreds of population-related topics, easily navigated and ready to
use. From the top page, you can navigate to regional information, or to information on a
variety of topics.
10 to 17 August, 2014
A collection of over 400 ranking tables -- everything from
future population projections to carbon footprint, military, government, and more. Some
of the data is outdated, but the site identifies that data very clearly. In their
words: "In certain cases current data is not available. For example, the World Health
Organization's ranking of the world's health systems was last produced in 2000, and the
WHO no longer produces such a ranking table, because of the complexity of the task.
Country rankings in the main categories, Population, Geography, Economy, Transportation|
Communications, Military, Government are derived from the current CIA world factbook."
17 to 24 August, 2014
The official repository of U.S. domestic geographic feature
names information. The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), developed by the U.S.
Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, contains
information about physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and
associated areas, both current and historical (not including roads and highways). The
database holds the Federally recognized name of each feature and defines the location of
the feature by state, county, USGS topographic map, and geographic coordinates.
24 to 31 August, 2014
Can You Tell A Book By
From the pages of the Guardian from June 9 of 2014, this
interesting quiz. 10 maps are shown, each one the map of the locations in a work of
fiction. You are then given four books; pick the one you believe the map refers to.
When you click "submit" at the end, you get your score. Very interesting, and since
some are books you may have read a long time ago, or never read, some of these are
31 August to 7 September, 2014
World War One
The British Library has done an outstanding job collecting and
making available a vast array of historical sources on World War 1 from all across
Europe. My favorite part has to be the Teaching Resources -- 40 sections, from how
advertisers used the war to promote their products, to daily life in the trenches, to
how different nations depicted the enemy, and much more. An amazing resource.
07 to 14 September, 2014
This marvelous site from NOAA offers a chance to learn all about
weather -- everything from the atmosphere to lightning and tsunamis is covered here, in
a clear and effective manner. The whole structure is carefully designed to be
instructive, beginning with an overview, going through all the aspects of the chosen
weather phenomenon, and ending with a quiz. Adults and children will all enjoy this,
and learn from it.
14 to 21 September, 2014
You need outline maps for your lessons or for review? This site
has them. Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the site offers a vast number of maps
that may be printed and copied for personal or classroom use. Included here are a
variety of world maps, all the continents, the U.S., and an selection of historical
maps. Well worth a visit.
21 to 28 September, 2014
Mapping Our World
Designed for primary or middle school students in the UK, this
site helps users understand about maps and globes, map projections, and most important,
how different map projections and orientations influence our view of the world. Some
very good material here for homeschools and for teachers in primary and middle schools.
28 September to 5 October, 2014
This page, at education world website, provides five lessons for
teaching about geography, maps, landforms, and more. Contents include Create a Country,
Global Economy, Comparing countries, Memorable Maps, and Earth at Night. Lots of useful
5 to 12 October, 2014
The people at Rethinking Schools provide a number of thoughtful
and well-designed games on their website. This one is a geography game -- you're given
a map of North Africa and Southwest Asia, and all you have to do is drag the names to
the correct countries. For most people, some are easy, some dificult. Fun to do a few
times, and by repetition to learn some new names on the map. You'll find a few other
activities and downloadables at their
games and more page.
12 to 19 October, 2014
40 Maps That Explain the
In August of 2013, the Washington Post published these
fascinating thematic maps -- everything from a political map of the world around 200 CE,
to where people are most and least welcoming to foreigners, to major religions, to a
1908 Missionary Map of Africa, to tolerance, to where people smoke the most and the
least, to global crop yields, and much, more more. Spend some time here.
19 to 26 October, 2014
This remarkable site contains around 700 maps that show a huge
range of subjects of interest. The maps are cartograms, where the size of each country
is increased or decreased according to the subject. From this page, click on "A-Z Map
Index" to start exploring. Really addictive.
26 October to November 2, 2014
Where the poorest will
The OECD Development Assistance Committee made this map,
projecting where the world's poorest people will live next year, and compares it to 10
years ago. Half the world's people will be living on less than US$1.25 per day. These,
and other infographics from the OECD are valuable resources and lessons.
2 to 9 November, 2014
Where Americans Moved
The International New York Times has created a truly amazing
series of charts showing migrations within the US. State by state, and even over time
from 1900 to 2012, you can see migrations in and out of each of the 50 states. You can
select a state, or just browse; you can easily toggle between migrations to and from
each state. The first screen you'll see will be those born in each state, but a click
on the gray box to the right allows you to switch to migrations. Fascinating.
9 to 16 November, 2014
This website, funded by USAID, serves as a home for numerous
Malaria Indicator Survey datasets and documents. This first page is a collection of
links to organizations working on eliminating malaria. You can browse individual country
surveys, and view the useful toolkit. Individual country surveys can be viewed online,
or can be downloaded after a simple registration process.
16 to 23 November, 2014
Living Planet Index
Global wildlife populations have halved in just 40 years as
measured by the Living Planet Index. This Index is an online portal from the London
Zoological Society, measuring biological diversity on our planet, based on thousands of
monitored data-collection sites around the world, describing all the pressures on the
Earth's natural resources. The continued decline on the world's wildlife highlights the
urgent need for sustainable solutions to humanity's increasing demand on our natural
resources. Read the report and search data at this site.
23 to 30 November, 2014
How far is it?
One of my fallback sites, a great place to go for distances
around the globe. Put in two locations -- from and to -- and it serves you distance in
miles and kilometers and nautical miles, plus the heading from one point to the other,
plus latitude and longitude of your places and, for US places, the population. Because
the site is built around promotions for travel to Bali, there are ads for hotels and
websites in Indonesia, but they do not interfere with the main job.
30 November to 7 December, 2014
In their own words, " The aim of Projectvisa.com is to share
visa and travel information for all people from all countries." Do you have travels
coming up that might require knowledge of visa information, the location of embassies,
or other global information? This is a good place to start. Select a continent or
country, and the server gives you information on visa requirements for different
passports, and embassies in the country, and embassies of the country.
7 to 14 December, 2014
EarthCam live webcams
EarthCam.com is a global collection of links to scenic webcams
and offers a complete searchable database of interesting places and views from around
the world. You want to see the weather on the New Jersey Shore, or check out traffic in
Athens? It's here.
14 to 21 December, 2014
The TSA Blog
In their own words, "The purpose of this blog is to communicate
with the public about all things TSA-related. Check in regularly for TSA Travel Tips
and the end-of-week TSA Week In Review posts on Fridays." If you travel at all within
the US, there's lots of helpful information here for understanding and navigating
airport screening. "This week in review" for November 7 is headlined "37 Loaded
Firearms, a Claymore Mine Replica, and other items of note".
21 to 28 December, 2014
Global Climate Change
Created by the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, this website aims to provide the public with accurate and timely
news and information, including web links, about Earth's changing climate, and along
with that, all kinds of current data and visuals. Above the fold, the latest data tells
you about changes in carbon monoxide, global temperature, and more; you can see imagery
of retreating glaciers, read articles, review solutions for both mitigation and
adaptation, and explore all kinds of resources.
28 December, 2014 to 4 January, 2015
The Lick Observatory
The Lick Observatory is a research unit of the Univ of
California, located east of San Jose, on the 4200 foot summit of Mt Hamilton. This site
inclues all kinds of information for observers, from weather to remote observing, as
well as a wealth of information of general interest, and a remarkable feature -- a group
of webcams with both Earth and Sky cameras. A fun place to visit.
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