Mapping Language on the Tube

If you have ever spent time in London you will know that it is a very diverse and multicultural city. As a result, there are a plethora of languages that you would hear in any given day. This is especially evident when travelling on the tube.

Map of languages on the tube
Map of languages on the tube

The diversity of languages along the tube has been mapped by Oliver O’Brien, researcher in geovisualisation and web mapping at University College London’s department of geography. O’Brien has created an interactive map showing what the most common second language is at certain tube stops across London. O’Brien used 2011 Census data to map the second most commonly spoken language that people who live nearby speak.

The interactive map also contains other information about tube journeys in London, including an interesting breakdown of the occupation of locals near tube stations.

See see the map click here: Tube Map

For a news report click here: London’s second languages mapped by tube stop


Mapping Migration

Here is a great video which tracks the migration of two honey buzzards from the Netherlands to Africa. The video created by the University of Amsterdam initially tracks twelve birds, but then concentrates on two when they travel south in the Autumn of 2010. The video shows the female buzzard lose her way on the return trip, possibly due to strong winds. The video was created using real data that gave the latitude, longitude, and height above ground of each bird.


International Space Station’s “Space View”

Happy Friday everyone,

In recent times we have been treated to many breathtaking images taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Well now they have been compiled into an interactive map by the Centre of Geographic Sciences.

Using ESRI’s ArcGIS Online the images are collected and geotagged from tweets sent by the astronauts and cosmonauts currently on the ISS.

So start clicking and enjoy exploring the earth from the view of an astronaut.


Interactive map of astronaut images

For more on the map, see this MailOnline article.