Why use mapping? One good example: it allows one to see things from a different perspective. Epidemiologist John Snow tracked cholera outbreaks in London, showing that an outbreak in the mid-1800s could be traced to a contaminated water pump. Without the map, he’d have been faced with a long list of addresses where outbreaks occurred; with the map, he could immediately see where there was a real concentration of cases and hence where to investigate.
- Google Maps
- UMapper – allows use of custom maps. The finished map can be exported to Flash ActionScript 3.0 or KML.
- Yahoo! MapMixer – Overlay a custom map on top of a Yahoo! Map
- Map a list – creates maps from Google Spreadsheets
- Map Builder
- Geospacial scholarship: http://www.scholarslab.org/announcements/frontiers-in-spatial-humanities-video/
- NYT: Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land
- Grassroots Mapping – Techniques and tools to make maps on the Public Laboratory wiki.