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Maps and Map Searches

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Google Maps Gallery
Examples galore of great Google Maps projects.

Google Fusion Tables Primer
Great resource for learning maps, charts, etc. from Doug Haddix at Kiplinger/Ohio State.

Mapping tool.

Create interactive maps.

AM Charts and Maps
Build great data visualizations with Javascript.
Location-based search.

Create interactive maps.

Google My Maps Now in Drive
Primer from Google, December 2014.


PixelMap Generator Measure Sizes of Countries

Lifehacker: 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do
Requires log-in on Google. Builds nice maps but you cannot embed them.
A Google Maps-based map with great information for all the backroads and by-ways.

Helps you collect data from web, cell phones, etc., aggregate it and visualize it on a map.

U.S. Census Maps

Free State Maps
Rights-free maps.

Atlas of Public Stocks
A map of all publicly listed companies from around the world.

Color Brewer
Tool for selecting color schemes for cartography. Great tool.

Turn spreadsheets into searchable maps.

Visualize and navigate your Evernote, Google Drive, and Dropbox content. Mohiomap allows you to explore relationships in a dynamic Mind Map, get valuable insights, and visually organize your Cloud data.

AM Charts and Maps
Build great data visualizations with Javascript.

Mapbox GL
Build responsive maps.

Map monitors and compares working conditions and status of journalists across the European Union.


Offers a simple way to curate and collate information from the web using mind mapping.

Web-based data visualization tool.

Free application for creating interactive maps which are fully customizable.

Build collaborative flowcharts and graphics.

Global Maps Show Press Freedoms by Country
From the Global Post, the maps and stories show you the best/worst countries to be a journalist.

How to Make a Real-Time Travel Map
From the Thematic Mapping Blog.

People of all kinds turn into storytellers who can create, share, and collaborate on MapStories.

Google World Wonders Project
Usings its StreetView technology, this Google tool lets you by continent or by themes -- historic sites, wonders of nature, etc.

Highcharts Maps
Create Maps visualizations.

Build cool heatmaps for your websites.

Open source code for interactive mapping.

Intro to Mapping and Mashing with Google Fusion Tables

Intro to Mapping and Mashing with Google Fusion Tables

Tutorial: QGIS Basics For Journalists
Free training from KDMC.

CartoDB: How to Build Twitter Maps

Compare the past with the present. Old maps over Google maps.

CartoDB: How to Build Twitter Maps

Create custom maps for data visualization.

Free or cheap data tools for newsrooms

Essential Visualization Tools for Mapping

Turn a geographic data file into a map.

A JavaScript library that creates SVG maps from GeoJSON. It comes with Stateline, which makes creating responsive U.S. state and county maps easy. Pull it off of GitHub.

Quickstart Mapping Guides
Links galore and some great primers.

SickWeather Map
Download this map in iTunes. It shows you a map of sickness hot zones.

Autocomplete Maps
Autocomplete Maps are a way to display Google Search Autocomplete results for a collection of places on a map. Although the results are not necessarily scientific or correct they can be quite informative and/or entertaining. Clicking the labels will display a list of all the Autocomplete results that were obtained.

IJNet: Mapping Basics for Journalists
Tips, resources and links to get started.

Environmental Impact Statement Database and Tracker
From the EPA, this tool displays information from EPA's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Database which provides data about EISs prepared by federal agencies, as well as EPA's comments concerning the EISs. All EISs are filed with EPA, and EPA publishes a "Notice of Availability" each week in the Federal Register. Nice state-by-state map.

National Geographic's Map Machine
Allows users to scan hundreds of street maps, satellite images, etc. The cover page focuses on current events and links to related maps.
Get lost all the time? This will help you search by address and zip code and get driving directions.
Search by address and zip code.

This site claims to be the largest online mapping resource for topographic maps and charts for land, sea, and air. It's all free, too.

EmbassyWorld Maps
Claims to have online maps for every country.

Iraq: Map Sources
In .PDF formats.

Remapping Debate

A Google Maps mashup of historical photos. Type in an address or intersection and you get photos of what used to be there.

The National Atlas of the United States
A set of interactive maps, including some special maps on volcanoes, exotic species, vegetationgrowth, federal Indian land areas, hazardous waste, nuclear sites, etc. The site is updated weekly.

Safe Road Maps
An amazing site from the University of Minnesota that allows users to enter their address and see a map or satellite image of all the road fatalities that occurred in their area. Search can be narrowed to determine the age of the driver, or whether speeding, drinking or seatbelts were factors.

Video: Tutorial on How to Use BatchGeo with Google Maps

OutsideIn Story Maps
Allows you to map where you did your stories. Great tool to add to a blog.

Yahoo: FireEagle Real-World Location
Send updates from your phone to let people know where you are (city, area, etc.)
Jon Dube has pointed out this site: Wikipedia has entries about towns and geographic locations. This site links about places in Wikipedia with Google's map tool.
Search by address and zip code.

Pew Social Trends
Social, demographics and stats galore. Great resource for localizing these national/global trends in your community. Has stats down to the local level.

Atlapedia Online
Full-color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

National Geographic's Map Machine
Maybe the best online atlas on the Web.

Geographic Encyclopedia

Global Map of Natural Disasters
This interactive map mashup shows disasters around the globe.

Build maps/timelines in this mashup tool. Great way to build interactive stories.

Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool
Analyze college campus crime statistics with this resource from the Office of Postsecondary Education, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

Middle East Protests: Tweets Mapped
A Google Maps mashup of Tweets from the uprisings in the Middle East.
Location-based data mapping tool. Free on the Web.

Scribble Maps
Draw on maps and share them.

BigMap Blog
Historical maps galore.

Simulated DC
A 3-D graphic map to Washington D.C. and all of the sights. Where We Live
This interactive map examines population distribution in the United States.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

BBC: The Beauty of Maps
Seeing the Art in Cartography." Take the video tours of 5 beautiful and historical maps, and the maps of virtual spaces."

National Geologic Map Database
From the USGS, this is a geoscience resource for maps and related data to geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology and marine geology.

A free Wiki world map.

Sepiatown: Mapped Historical Photos, Film and Audio
Upload historical images by location. Then/now tool compares Google Streetview images along with images from the past.

OnTheMap for Emergency Management
Access detailed U.S. Census Bureau reports on the workforce and population for current natural hazard and emergency related events.

Rethinking Schools: Online Geography Test
A good quiz to give young

Yahoo! Maps
Allows you to pick any address and automatically map businesses and other entities in more than 50 categories.

Online maps to everywhere.

Mapoji: Chat on Maps

Library of Congress: Maps Archives
The Library of Congress offers a massive collection of maps spanning more than 1,000 years.

Google Moon
Use the image map to track past Apollo missions and zoom in on various areas.

Google Earth
Free site that allows you to zoom in on your address/zip code from a satellite image.

Provides satellite photos and aerial maps. Popular among TV news, this site charges a fee.

Mapperz Mapping News
A blog about mapping.

Claims to offer every online map to every country in the world. You be the judge. Note: the main site is a directory for every embassy and consulate.

GEMMA: Geospatial Engine for Mass Mapping Applications
From Gemma: "allows you to create Google Maps with data from a number of different sources. It is possible to create maps with gemma with layers from MapTube, SurveyMapper, OpenStreetMap and from your own data. Gemma even has an accompanying iPhone app that lets you record observations on the go and then upload them to a gemma map."

National Geographic: Afghanistan Maps
A political map and a satellite view of the country.

Metro Planet
Mass transit guides for any site in the world.

Manhattan Address Locator
Helps you find the cross streat to the avenue and number. Easy to use.

Terrorist Attacks: Regional Maps of Afghanistan
Several maps of Afghanistan, Kabul and several other places in the country and region. From the University of Texas at Austin.

Historical Maps of Afghanistan

A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts --- all freely available.

The Geography Network

CNN Interactive Maps of Sept. 11


Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

Maptitude: Zip Code-Based Maps
Does zip-code based maps on everything from brownfields to public-assisted households to entitlement zones.
ZIP code finder. Look up all of the zip codes for a specific area.

How Far Is It? Distance Calculator

USPS: Quick Zip Code Search
Quick reference area codes and zip codes.

Yahoo: FireEagle Real-World Location
Send updates from your phone to let people know where you are (city, area, etc.)

MSN Live Search Maps

W3 Web Tutorials
Learn HTML, CSS, etc.


Inventory of 3-D maps.


E-mail Directories

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Email Address Search

411 Locate
Find e-mail addresses for individuals.
Reviews and background on about 100 free e-mail services.

Helps you find e-mail addresses and phone numbers for friends, family you've lost touch with.

Lycos WhoWhere E-mail Directory

Locate Executive Branch Senior Executives

Federal Agency Employee Locators

Colleges E-Mail Finder

Meta E-mail Search Agent

Internet Address Finder
Six million listings worldwide.

Usenet Newsgroup Search


MESA E-Mail Search

Phone Directories

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Toll-Free Government Numbers
A must bookmark.
Look up cell phone numbers. Just don't call 'em while they're driving, OK? Reverse Lookup Directory

Reverse Phone

Number Investigator
A dynamite reverse number lookup directory.
Use for reverse-lookup on phone numbers and e-mails

Telephone Directories of the World

The Ultimates
Ultimate White Pages and e-mail directory. It lets you surf several databases simultaneously

Hard to Find 800 Numbers
Organizes companies alphabetically and displays phone numbers and hours of operation.

Payphone Project
Lists thousands of pay phones around the world.

Argali White & Yellow Pages
A new free telephone (and related) directories search engine that is useful to journalists. The main advantage is that it searches multiple directories at once. This is especially useful because different directories use different databases which on average overlap only 70-80%. Many different search types are supported: people, business, toll-free, reverse search (by phone or address), search for area and zip codes. It also searches for maps, email addresses and weather conditions and forecast. Search results can be sorted by name, address, street, city, state, zip code or phone number and can also be saved on disk in various formats (plain text, csv/excel, or html).
Phone directory and reverse-lookup capabilities.
A great reverse lookup tool. Reverse-Lookup Directory

The Real White Pages
Numbers, addresses and neighbors of. It occasionally has unlisted numbers.

People Finder

Pay Phone Number Catalog
A list of pay phone numbers from around the world and their locations.

College Phonebook Gateway
More than 300 university phone books.
A national Yellow Pages directory.
Find out whom a phone number belongs to.

Internet Address Finder E-mail Directory

Leadership Directories
Find leaders in government, foreign affairs, legal, media, etc.

Toll-Free Directory

U.S. City Directories
City directories, arguably one of the most over-looked resources by genealogists, have been around since the 1700s. This web site attempts to identify all printed, microfilmed, and online directories, and their repositories, for the United States. Directory

Search Bug
Web search site that locates people by name, phone number, address and e-mail address. The site also includes links to other Web sites by subject area. Phone Archives

Voip Telephone Dictionaries
A glossary of terms and definitions that are commonly used in phone technology.

Business Telephone Directory

Yahoo: FireEagle Real-World Location
Send updates from your phone to let people know where you are (city, area, etc.)
Tell this site your state, area code and exchange and pull up the top phone deals available in your area.

UK Phone Book UK Directory
United Kingdom directory information.

Canada 411 Directory

Infospace UK
Phone directory for great Britain.

BT PhoneNet
Phone directory for great Britain.

Phone Company Complaints

A fun little site. What does your phone number spell?

TravelInsider: Cell Phones and Travel
An easy run-down on what kind of phone you need for your type of travel.

TravelInsider: Cell Phones and Trav GSM World: Cell Phones and Travel
Site that tells you which country is on which GSM frequency.
Use this site to compare monthly cell phone plans.

Postal Information, People Locators

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USPS Zip Code Finder

Postal Information for the Planet

UPS Quick-Cost Calculator
A great database for quickly identifying an IP address for a site.
Search for executives on business networking site.
Networking site that's helpful for finding people with specific interests.
Networking site that's helpful for finding people with specific interests.
A limited database, but it's a good longshot for hunting down people.
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