Friday Eye Candy: 'You Are Here' Maps the Little Things

The Social Computing Group and the MIT Media Lab have launched the "You Are Here" project, mapping data points from cities where participants have lived. The project has colorful maps of bicycle crashes, coffee shops, and permanent visa applications.

Every day since the end of March, the You Are Here project has released a new, data-rich map of different cities around the country. On April 30, for instance, the project published a map showing "Queens Bicycle Crashes." On April 26, the map was "Chicago Permanent Visas." On April 17—"Washington DC Street Greenery."

The project is an obvious delight for map lovers—especially map lovers who appreciate the power found at the confluence of data and geography. The mission of the project, as described by the about page of the You Are Here website, is to connect the at-scale manifestations of cities and the personal moments of the experience of the city: "Each of these maps will be an aggregation of thousands of microstories, tracing the narratives of our collective experience. We will make maps of the little things that make up life — from the trees we hug, to the places where we crashed our bikes, to the benches where we fell in love."

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