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Waiting for your bus can sometimes seem like slowly dying in a desert as you watch vehicle-shaped mirages glimmer on the horizon. As a remedy for that transit-parched feel, Google is integrating live transit updates into Maps for mobile and desktop.
Before you get all excited, the update is only available in four U.S. cities (Boston, Portland, San Diego and San Francisco) and two European cities (Madrid and Turin), and for Google Maps for mobile on Android devices (although it will work on mobile browsers, and it doesn’t require any downloads to access).
Residents of those cities will be able to see delays and alerts when clicking on transit stations or planning routes, as well as “live departure times.”
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The Census Bureau released OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 2.0 today, the beginning of the 2011 hurricane season. Version 2.0 adds floods and wildfires to hurricanes which was released last year.
OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool that provides unique detail on the workforce, for U.S. areas affected by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, in real time. The web-based tool provides an intuitive interface for viewing the location and extent of current and forecasted emergency events on a map, and allows users to easily retrieve detailed reports containing labor market characteristics for these areas. The reports provide the number and location of jobs, industry type, worker age and earnings. Worker race, ethnicity, and educational attainment levels are under a beta release at this time.
To provide users with the latest information available, OnTheMap for Emergency Management automatically incorporates real time data updates from the National Weather Service, Departments of Interior and Agriculture, and other agencies for hurricanes, floods, and wildfires.
Version 2.0 includes the following new features and enhancements:
- Real Time Updates for Hurricanes, Floods and Wildfires
- Expanded Hurricane Detail (Forecast Area, Current Wind Radii, Wind History)
- Expanded Reports with New Beta Data on Demographic Characteristics (Race, Ethnicity, Educational Attainment)
- Improved User Interface with New Map, Navigation, and Search Tools Map
- Animation & Timeline for Viewing Daily Event Histories
Version 2.0 also includes updated help documentation including a getting started guide, system requirements, and frequently asked questions. Data for the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are not available at this time.
OnTheMap for Emergency Management is supported by the state Labor Market Information agencies under the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) partnership with the Census Bureau.
OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 2.0 can be accessed by selecting “Local Employment Dynamics” at http://www.census.gov and then OnTheMap for Emergency Management under Quick Links, or directly at http://lehdmap.did.census.gov/em.html.
What do you think of the new version of OnTheMap? Post your comments here.
Digital maps assembled by far-flung networks of online volunteers through the process called crowd-sourcing have been powerful tools in humanitarian relief work in the last few years.
Toshiharu Kato/Japanese Red Cross, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
In Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, crowd-sourced maps have helped give local relief workers a clearer picture of the situation on the ground as they set priorities for food, shelter and sanitation services. The Web maps are also being used to track the fighting in Libya and the needs of refugees fleeing that conflict.
But a new report says that the potential of online mapping to transform humanitarian services will not be realized without better coordination and communication between digital volunteers and veteran agencies in the relief field, like the United Nations and the Red Cross.
The report, “Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies,” is a collaboration of four groups — the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Vodafone Foundation and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. It will be presented Monday at an international aid and development meeting in Dubai.
Pete Warden does the data community a solid and wraps up a collection of open-source tools in the Data Science Toolkit to parse, geocode, and process data.
Many of the services are available via public APIs, but the usual benefits apply of running your own service such as privacy, independence, and no limits. Hit your machine with as many requests as you want. The code is available in its entirety on GitHub.