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Our favourite online maps - What are yours? [updated]
While focusing on maps might seem to be a geeky pursuit – and I wouldn’t argue that point – they're also popular. In fact, since its launch, the local assistance scheme map has been the fourth-most popular page on our website.
That's something we're glad to see – the map is being used and hopefully helps makes it easier for people to learn about support schemes in their area.
The popularity of our map got us thinking about what some of our other favourite interactive online maps. I asked some colleagues for suggestions for other maps that they really like.
Don't miss these other maps
While the maps present a wide range of information - bomb patterns in London during World War II, every person in England and Wales, shared-bicycle trends in New York City, Starbucks locations all around the world - they all utilise maps in illuminating, useful and often fun ways.
Please take a look at these maps:
- The Guardian mapped everyone in England in Wales
- Slate created a game based on maps of Starbucks locations in cities around the world
- The National Archives created the Bomb Sight website to map the bombs dropped on London from 7 October 1940 through 6 June 1941
- The New Yorker created a map of shared-bicycle usage trends in New York City
- Radical Cartography created a map of kissing patterns in France
- Traintimes.org.uk has a live tube map of London Underground trains
Update - 3 August
Since the first post, we received several additional suggestions, including The New Yorker's mapping of salaries as you travel across subway lines in New York City, and 18 related to the London Underground:
- From Buzzfeed, a compilation of 17 Tube maps you never knew you needed
- A map by Steve Prentice that illustrates whether it's better to take the tube than walk
What's your favourite map?
Is there an online map you particularly like?
If so, let us know by leaving a comment.
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