• Stuart Lynn

    "When people on airplanes ask me what I do, I used to say I was a physicist, which ended the discussion. I once said I was a cosmologist, but they started asking me about makeup, and the title 'astronomer' gets confused with astrologer. Now I say I make maps."

    If you’re a physics buff then you might recognize the above quote as one from Margaret Geller, astrophysicist and author of Einstein-esque zingers. We’re physics buffs at CartoDB. Half of our Community Team earned its formal education in a field that studies the physical properties and phenomena of our world. This makes sense, since folks who build tools to map humanity understandably stem from a fascination with flux in the physical topography of our universe. With the addition of Stuart Lynn, our team of hackers grows to accommodate a pretty brilliant and inquisitive scientist with a background in planet tracking, climate mapping, and studying ‘spooky matter’ of galactic proportions.

    Read on to get to know our newest Map Scientist at CartoDB!

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  • Early June was a grand month for conferences in the civic tech and mapping scene. Reviewing the online documentation for the Personal Democracy Forum, State of the Map, and the concurrent OKFN meetups reveals a healthy two weeks of activity on the USA-EST front. With so much hyper-local happening, we at CartoDB decided to stay local as a team, and outsource our distant conference attendance to a deserving academic. Two weeks ago, we tweeted asking for the “best mapping visualization in exchange for a free ticket to Eyeo,” and while there were several worthy submissions, one was superior to the rest.

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  • SOTM_ONE

    As you may know, last week the United Nations Headquarters in New York City hosted the monumental State of The Map US Conference, and for a few days, the CartoDB team and map lovers from around the world got together for some incredible events and happenings across the city! You may have also noticed that our team here at CartoDB in partnership with DigitalGlobe took this opportunity to take the first ever high resolution satellite selfie from space!

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  • In the second addition of our series on clever mapping with GDELT data (see this post from last week), we wanted to take on some more advanced mapping techniques. Again, we welcome Kalev H. Leetaru of the GDELT Project to explain how using geospatial information about journalism can build a better understanding of media in our world! Read on for more!

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  • Just over the East River, from our Brooklyn office, State of the Map US 2015 kicked off at the United Nations headquarters with a weekend packed full of mapping oriented talks, activities, and events. We at CartoDB were excited to take part and engage with a community filled with innovative thinkers - bringing the world up-to-date at the biggest Open Street Map conference. All of the energy of the mapping world converged in one space to make a great and invigorating affair.

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  • Property values are a persistent obsession for New Yorkers, as are the arbitrary constraints to dwelling well (dwelling? yes). Between navigating the rental quagmire of online listings to toggling the various Trulia, StreetEasy, and Zillow helper services, you can tumble down a rabbit hole of the worst options imaginable (or at least, publishable). In the bizzare world of renting, we can help you through the looking glass.

    This Map of the Week features the work of a familiar face to CartoDB, Chris Henrick, who between juggling GIS projects and grad school also co-organizes Maptime NYC. His MFA thesis project “Am I Rent Stabilized?” combines code, maps, and critical thinking about urban planning and renters rights - all of which we love and welcome at CartoDB! He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where we locals join him in an obsession with rent rates and regulations. Read on to discover more of the mechanics behind his impressive web app!

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  • pizza

    Supporting our mapping communities around the world is a big slice of what CartoDB is all about. We feel that it’s our fellow mappers and GIS communities that have helped shape what CartoDB is today. This is why a few months back CartoDB had the pleasure of buying pizza for a world of mappers for our March of Maptime! The pizza was a hit, and we had a blast, so we asked ourselves: “Why stop there?”.

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  • A short week after our conference celebrating news and maps, and a short month away from State of the Map, we wanted to write and wrap up some of the awesome of GeoJourNews. On May 15th (that is 5/15/15, the best of palindrome days!) we convened over 150 geographers, researchers and mappers to give keynotes and lightning talks on the topic of news maps. We featured 16 speakers, from a few countries and a varied program of newsrooms, attracting the communities of our planning partners at Parson’s Journalism + Design program and Knight Mozilla Open News. We learned, mapped, and built together a program of impressive talks and projects! Read on to learn more!

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  • The EuroBirdPortal project is launching on June 5th in support of Europe’s Green Week 2015. The EBP project tackles the important task of ornithological research and conservation by developing a viewer that tracks various bird distributional patterns built with CartoDB.

    EBP Viewer
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  • What would it look like to literally map the world’s news as it happens? What if you could reach across a growing fraction of the world’s news media every day, in real time, in 65 languages, and put a dot on a map for every mention in every article, in every language of any location on earth, along with the people, organizations, topics, and emotions associated with each place? That’s the vision that drives the GDELT Project.

    In the wake of our GeoJourNews conference, celebrating journalists, cartographers and coders, we have an exciting partnership to announce with GDELT, one that we hope will only further support our community! We welcome Kalev H. Leetaru, a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security in Washington DC, to author a guest post demoing how CartoDB can be used to map the world’s news in real time!

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