Maps are representations of the real world. There are many services that can be used to put a map on your site, like OpenStreetMap and Google Maps. Commonly used to display the location of a post, especially for checkins.
(this section needs expansion with headings for people, and links + images of specific examples!)
There are several IndieWeb sites that display and show interesting things with maps!
- Jeremy Keith has a map of his travels
- David Shanske has a map view of his archives showing where he posted from
- Greg McVerry uses a gpx file, an owncloud app, and an iframe to embed maps on their website
Abstract US maps for data
- Privacy / blurring. Abstract maps allow a coarser presentation of data that may be more suitable for publishing publicly, instead of precise accurate maps that provide accurate location data.
- Simpler display, focus on non-geo data. When the data to display is more important than precise geographical relationships among the data, an abstract map helps by removing the "noise" of extraneous geographical details which would otherwise distract from the data being presented. Abstract subway maps are another example of this.
- Coarse geographic "heatmaps" of your checkins per state
- Coarse geographic posts archive
US states as squares
States as squares map: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBvWcWEg7JY/
- Original article: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/06/18/which-states-are-taking-on-police-reform-after-george-floyd uses HTML div elements for each state!
- Another article with a slightly different layout of states as squares: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/03/17/tracking-prisons-response-to-coronavirus
US states as hexagons
- 2018-05-30 : Self-hosting maps: taking control over UX and users’ privacy (archived) - on methods to embed external maps, using static maps, and hosting the infrastructure yourself.
- static maps
- indie map
- useful for communicating change over areas over time, eg animated: https://twitter.com/ranjchak/status/1183723221104975872
- "I got to fit in stuff like this map of what ~150 years of colonization looks like. (Native American land loss from 1776 to 1930) which took me forever to animate so I made a gif of it" @ranjchak October 14, 2019
- another example of communicating change of 2d data over time via animated map: https://twitter.com/i_ameztoy/status/1184932194621575186
- "Weekly Arctic Sea Ice Age with Graph of Ice Age By Area: 1984 - 2019 - by NASA." @i_ameztoy October 17, 2019
- Animated (click to play) map archive page of travel: https://adactio.com/archive/2019/10/map (and backstory: https://adactio.com/journal/16058)
- ^^^ and where the idea started on Jeremy Keith's blog: https://adactio.com/journal/15992