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:
- Mapping 400,000 Hours of U.S. TV News by Roger Macdonald & Kalev Leetaru
- How Well Did FEMA’s Maps Predict Sandy’s Flooding? by ProPublica
- NYC Crime Map by NYC Police Department
- Dual Maps by MashedWorld
- 1 Mois de Velib by Etienne Côme
- No-Fault Evictions in San Francisco by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
- The Hunt for the Boston Bombing Suspects by NYTimes
- Spyglass View of the 1911 Atlas of New Haven by Yale University Library
- Worldwide Bike Share Map by Oliver O’Brien
And the winner is…
The winner, voted on by the audience and backed by the panel:
- Racial Dot Map by the Demographics Research Group
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!