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GeoNYC 10 Best Maps of 2013

Geo NYC Meetup – January 2014: The Best Maps of 2013 from Boundless on Vimeo.

On the second Monday of every month, GeoNYC brings together enthusiasts, users, and developers interested in the technical and social aspects of maps.

We started the new year by reflecting on the last, with a panel of map experts critiquing the ten best maps of 2013. Our panelists included: Jessie Braden of Pratt Center for Community Development, Chris Herrmann of NYPD, Michael Keller of Al Jazeera America, Jonathan Levy of JL Cartography, and Steven Romalewski of the CUNY Center for Urban Research.

Prior to the event, each panelist selected a list of ten maps from a about 30 maps submitted by GeoNYC member. Each panelist’s list was cross checked with the others and then whittled down based on the number of votes each received. Our experts then pondered and critiqued the aesthetics, inspiration, technical challenges, audience, legibility, data communicated and the idea behind each map and its execution. It was a lively discussion.

Results are in!

The resulting top maps of 2013 were:

And the winner is…

The winner, voted on by the audience and backed by the panel:


Learn more and get involved!

If you couldn’t make it to the event and want to check out what you’ve missed visit the treasure trove of past presentations. Follow @alssapwright or use the hashtag #geonyc to keep up to date on GeoNYC news. Join us at the next GeoNYC on February 10th!

Our special thanks to GeoNYC sponsors — Boundless, CartoDB and Esri — for supporting the event.