critical reading for the rude

hotmap views


When you increase the information level, once you’re good and zoomed in, you see the number of searches per smaller cells in much greater detail.  There are many many many cells that get least-viewed status all over the U.S., and all over the world.  A finer toothed comb.

My read: There’s a bald little spot a mile to the north-east of Agadem, Niger, which represents the least-viewed most westerly spot in Africa (and excluding one such similar spot in rural Argentina, and the North American tundra, the most westerly least-viewed on land in the hemisphere):


In Europe, the most westerly least-viewed is a few square miles to the immediate east of Rastimyarvi, Russia:


Hotmaps : popularity of views in MS’s virtual earth software.  Might be fun to compare popularity of views in Google Earth to MS.  Anyways,

What does it show?

Hotmap shows where people have looked at when using Virtual Earth, the engine that powers Live Search Maps: the darker a point, the more times it has been downloaded. Each square represents one unit of imagery, called a “tile”. When the program starts, it shows tiles at zoom level 11, which has tiles at a resolution of 74 meters-per-pixel. At the closest in, Virtual Earth has tiles at zoom level 19, 0.3 meters-per-pixel. You can look at higher- or lower-resolution points with the “select data level” indicator at the top.

A sample of imagery and a relative sense of what was in a given spot is available at each scale by right-clicking on the map. The “locator map” shows imagery at the specific point clicked.

This data is based on a sample of tile logs on servers from January through July of 2006; it is not live. It combines server hits from road, aerial, and hybrid imagery in one view.


July 19, 2007 - Posted by | geo/pol, info viz

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