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STIB’s new map design – back to the 60s 5 November 2013

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STIB's disastrous new depiction of St-Gilles

STIB’s disastrous new depiction of St-Gilles

I don’t like the STIB’s flashy new network map at all. It’s no clearer to read, and around where I live in St-Gilles it’s a disaster. You would never guess from it that Horta metro is just steps away from the Barrière tramstops and the TEC/De Lijn bus stops at Place Morichar. The damage can be limited by searching out their plans of the area around each station, but that is unhandy to say the least.
The new map’s incoherent mixture of topological and topographic styles entirely fails to emulate the elegance of the London tube map. It’s ugly and positively misleading. The existing map doubles very conveniently as a street plan, but now visitors will have to buy a De Rouck as well.

Update

Brusselnieuws reports that Cameron Booth, who blogs on Transitmaps, agrees it’s not the clearest of maps.

How did Google cross the road? 18 February 2013

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Google Maps' 22.7-mile recommendation on how to cross the road

Google Maps’ 22.7-mile recommendation on how to cross the road

At the beginning of March I’m going to the E3M conference Successful Social Enterprise organised by Social Business International. This takes place in the small town of Kettering, which although hardly famous other than for shoemaking, is conveniently located an hour north of St Pancras. I used Google Maps to work out the best route from the Travelodge to Kettering Conference Centre, just across the A14 bypass. This produced inexplicable results. I can see plainly that it’s a walk of a kilometre or so, but Google offers me a route of no less than 22.7 miles, taking 7.5 hours. it wants to send me on a route march out east, ignoring countless junctions, to beyond Thrapston, and then have me double back and cross over myself. The car and bike routes are a bit closer to reality, at 2.3 miles. I guess Google just doesn’t understand foot-based travel.

Blue exclamation mark 9 November 2012

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Here’s a lovely map showing the results of the EU’s Regional Innovation Strategies survey, sent round by the Enterprise DG. The blue regions are the most innovative and the red the least (no relation to the electoral map of the USA).

EU’s innovative regions – RIS 2012


we used to hear about a blue banana of prosperity. This looks more like a blue exclamation mark.

Eric Fischer’s Twitter and Flickr Maps 30 October 2012

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Prepare to be amazed:

Eric Fischer's Twitter and Flickr Maps.

LinkedIn network map 29 October 2012

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LinkedIn has a network mapping tool too, and it’s very pretty. It’s fairly predictable, the way I have 6 clusters of connections plus a few single unattached individuals – but the thing it brings to my mind most is the people who AREN’T there – the gaps in the network. I suppose some people are just like that. Some of them are in my Facebook network map, so now I want to merge the two of them. This is only the first-level network of course. If we had more dimensions we could show deeper levels – contacts-of-contacts.

As an afterthought, the map seem to show that the co-operators (in blue on the right) are a very cohesive network among themselves – more densely interconnected than my other work-related communities. I suppose that’s because co-operation is more than just a job.

My two social networks 27 October 2012

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I’ve just discovered (after tens of thousands of other people) that the computation engine Wolfram|Alpha will do an amazing analysis of your Facebook usage if only you type ‘Facebook report’ into its search box. It calculates reams of information such as how many links you upload, what time of day you log in, who comments on your entries, where they say they live and what they say their birthdays are. It produces some amazing charts too, including a wordcloud of your comments (my most common word is ‘economic’).

Wolfram|Alpha network analysis of my Facebook friends

This is the best chart – a network analysis of my 91 Facebook friends. Reader, you can see that you fall into one of 4 main clusters. The salient fact though is that my ‘ffriends’ are rigidly divided into two worlds – work and family – no one bridges the gap. The co-operative world makes up the top half of the chart, with the British side in orange on the left and the European side in khaki on the right – linked by CECOP and Vivian. Brussels Labour is the outlier top left and COPIE & AEIDL are top right. Truus’s family is in blue bottom left, and my family in green bottom centre, linked by Truus herself, Zanna and Liana. Way over on the right are 3 old friends from Suma. Finally as is inevitable for a dumb computer, some people are in the wrong place – and so Ian Symonds has attached himself to Truus’s family.

It’s a fascinating diagram. I wonder whether the two halves of my schizophrenic existence will ever connect to each other? And if only WordPress had similar analytics.

Χωρίς Όνομα and Prawo Jazdy 30 January 2012

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I consulted Google Maps the other day for a route to Athens. It contains the surreal instruction: Take the exit toward Choris Onoma/Χωρίς Όνομα. Memories of my schooldays tell me this means “without a name”!

It reminds me of the case from 2009 in which the Irish police tried to prosecute a Pole called Prawo Jazdy for about 50 traffic offences. Prawo Jazdy is Polish for ‘driving licence’.

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