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Mobile travel guide provider Triposo has a natural interest in location-based data, as its free travel guides are automatically generated from a large collection of open datasets. To show off their expertise, they have recently created "A Year Long Snapshots around the World" [triposo.com], a short movie that reveals the exact locations in the world where pictures were taken, and that for each day of the year.

In short, the movie shows a world map in which pixels light up according to the relative amount of pictures taken. As the resulting animation is too dense and fast to make sense of, they have provided a series of snapshots to highlight some remarkable trends and outliers. In particular, they are requesting advice for some hugely popular event on 30 November that is reflected by an immense amount of photos taken everywhere in the world (although they suspect a default camera setting to be the real reason).

Watch the movie below.

See also iPhone Fireflies, NYTimes Web Traffic, FourSquare Edits, Worldwide Android Activations, Twitter Dots, Wake Up Tweets, OpenStreetMap Edits and Nuclear Weapons between 1945 and 1998 for more data-driven, meaningfully flashing dots on a global map.

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Nice visualization,

I am very interested in the raw data. I think a static representation of this time-varying data with an added timeline can give more insights in the dynamic patterns.

Sure, you can see the brighter dots at specific points in time in several subregions, for example in the beginning of October in China or May 1st in Europe.

Good work,

Michael Burch

Wed 04 Jan 2012 at 12:35 PM
Michael Burch
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