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Gretchen Peterson

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Here's a little project I did for Urban Mapping, using their API and data (their API is called Mapfluence). The main point is to showcase the capabilities of the mapfluence platform, the basemap that they've put together, and the variety of data that they allow you to access and use. My job was to comb through their fairly extensive array of data variables - which range from climate, to demographics, to business - and put together a map. A cartographer's dream!

http://demo.urbanmap...esity-explored/

This one shows some of the variables that seemed to be interesting with regard to obesity spatial trends. We absolutely aren't saying that these are factors that correlate or cause obesity, but just that we have the capability to map whatever variables we want and see if we think they might be worth a further look. I must've tried out over 20 variables before deciding on these four as being the most interesting.

With regard to the "vegetables" tab it would have been very nice to have data on the amount of vegetables that people actually eat, rather than how much money they spend on them, but alas, that is not available. In the least, working with data like this helps get people talking and thinking about the issue.

Details: JavaScript, mapfluence API, jQuery

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Nice interactive. I like the simple layout/tab control and color choices.

What about adding a tab for BMI or Obeisity rates per state?

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Nice web format. Just wondering if the Mapfluence platform is conducive to quick development/prototyping? What is your estimate on time spent on this project - from start to finish?
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The only variable that seems to function is education.
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A few users have reported similar difficulties. But most are getting it to work correctly. Are you on a mac by chance?

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The time that it takes will decrease by a lot once they include data ranges in their data catalog. The API wasn't very difficult to pick up and I'm not even that great at javascript.

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The only variable that seems to function is education.

Same for me. On A Windows machine, with IE8.
It also opens off-center, so I have to pan a bit to see the west coast. (could be a function of display set to 1024x768?)
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The only variable that seems to function is education.

Same for me. On A Windows machine, with IE8.
It also opens off-center, so I have to pan a bit to see the west coast. (could be a function of display set to 1024x768?)

Hm. There is a problem in IE8 compatibility mode (you can switch to regular IE8 in Tools). This is how it should look. It works for me on Chrome, IE8, and firefox, but not in I8 compatibility mode. Well, here's what it should look like anyway:



Sorry for all the problems.

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It didn't work for me either and I'm on windows 7 firefox.

Just see the black people (education) variable.

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Works great for me, I'm on a Mac using Safari.

I like the simple layout and buttons. Not that people will be moving around a map like this much but it would be nice if there was a return to "home" view button in the scale selector. I noticed that as you press each button to view a new map the map flickers or flashes briefly before redrawing, I'm guessing this is because its actually calling data and building the map rather than just accessing a new image? For a series of static maps like this it would be nice to not have that break between each image. Would a rollover or mouse over selection list change that?

Cartographically very nice of course. The only thing I noticed was a color mismatch between the legends and some of the images; legends are full saturation, images appear to be screened back or semi transparent.

I really need to familiarize myself with more Java and HTML. This is really good work to be able to show prospective clients/employers.

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