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Thursday, September 13, 2012

As part of its Facebook Stories project, the company teamed with Stamen to get a global view of users worldwide relationships. The interactive map is interesting, but the questions raised and answers suggested are frankly educational.

But as we did a little research, some unusual connections become surprisingly clear. We learned that immigration between Japan and Brazil dates back to the 1970s, that Poles are the largest immigrant group in Iceland, and that more people commute across the border each day to work in Liechtenstein than Liechtensteiner locals going to work in their own country.

Clicking on a country displays the rank of its top five friended countries. A bar at the bottom of the map (no pop-ups here!) provides " a closer look" a factoid to help explain the relationships. I found this quite elegant and logical. And, it didn't get in the way of the map.

- The Verge via @MT_AppGeo

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/13 at 05:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Currently, each state and city in India has its own emergency response. Moreoever, each has a separate phone number for fire, ambulance and other services. Officials are preparing for a pilot program in Hyderabad in December that will unite all emergency services and make them accessible via a single number on all wired and wireless networks: 100. The effort is led by the country's Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), under the ministry of home affairs (MHA). The vision is a nationwide system by 2014 with an RFP later in the coming months.

Also noteworthy is the plan to unite the project with crime tracking system.

This project will ultimately be merged with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), which entitles fitting all mobile patrol vehicles and PCR vans with geographical information systems (GIS).

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/13 at 03:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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