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Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua

Old Berwick Historical Society

This map was installed as an interactive touchscreen piece in an exhibit at the Old Berwick Historical Society’s Counting House Museum, telling the history of settlement in the southern New Hampshire/Maine border region. The map features the stories of a number of important figures and locations in that history, which visitors can explore by tapping them to view associated text and images. Visitors can also explore a georeferenced historical basemap, and compare it to present day by fading between it and a modern basemap.

First World War Chronology

Adam Matthew Digital

This chronology was built to display entries where fine temporal resolution and narrative flow were of key importance. It supports multiple temporal resolutions and date ranges to tell the complex story of the First World War. Data is stored via CSV and can easily be deployed by the editorial staff. This chronology supports filtering and boolean searching to quickly narrow down hundreds of entries.

Archives Direct Map Browser

Adam Matthew Digital

This small map was built as an interactive visual gateway to the Archives Direct collection. The user is greeted with an animated spinning globe (orthographic projection) that transforms into a Mollweide projected map on click. The map is linked to a list to allow for quick navigation and multiple selections can be made before submitting the results to a document search.

Million Hearts Map


This small health-care visualization built for the state of New York focuses on performance measures of physician practices. The data points needed to be sufficiently anonymized and were placed on random points on a fixed grid within a set radius from their actual location. Users can view multiple performance measures and a data table showing total performance for each practice.

ESRI Color Browser


We worked with ESRI to develop an internal color-browser as a test bed for introducing new color schemes to ArcGIS Online. Over 75 custom color schemes were designed for use with thematic data on several built-in basemaps of different styles. The browser allows users to page through thematic map types, see the color schemes mapped to a test dataset, and view color specifications.

Massachussets Triple Threat

Conservation Law Foundation

We worked with the Conservation Law Foundation to create a set of three interactive maps in the context of a piece on the state and danger of natural gas leaks in Massachusetts. The first shows the location and severity of leaks; the second is a gridded map of methane emissions; and the third shows the number of leaks repaired over a two year period in Massachusetts towns and cities. The maps are embedded in a longer multimedia article, also of our making.

Ekuatorial Indonesia

Earth Journalism Network

We worked with Earth Journalism to produce the cartography for their Ekuatorial Indonesia environmental journalism project. The cartographic design of the basemaps blend seamlessly with their site design and considerable work was done manipulating messy data from multiple sources to create meaningful maps to accompany the news stories.

American Indian History and Culture

Adam Matthew Digital

For this map, we worked with Adam Matthew Digital editorial staff and researches at the Newberry Library to create a series of maps to provide students a broad overivew of the history and culture of Native Americans. The maps were designed and produced as static maps and then exported to SVG where D3 creates simple interactivity like panning / zooming and data probing. Each map integrates with images from the AIHC collection and entries from the interactive chronology.

Climate Commons

Earth Journalism Network

In partnership with Earth Journalism Network, and made possible by a Tides Foundation Developer Grant, this map is a Google Maps Change of States API implementation. Change of States helps to document the impacts of climate change, charting the way the US is adapting to this global phenomenon. Featuring geographically contextualized news stories that link climate change to natural disasters and other environmental and even health issues, this map is be a spatial and temporal news aggregator, a rich store of information for journalists and any members of the public who are interested in exploring the correlation between climate change data and its coverage in the media.

Shedding Light on Election Demographics - 2012

Axis Maps

In the two days following the 2012 election, we made an interactive map to explore the relationship between demographics and election results. The map uses a technique called value-by-alpha, which is a bivariate choropleth map that “equalizes” a base map so that the visual weight of a map unit corresponds to a data value. For example, in the population map counties with lower populations are less visually prominent while counties with high populations remain brightly colored, giving a more accurately weighted picture of the country than a map showing a sea of red in sparsely populated areas.

Global Commodities Static Maps

Adam Matthew Digital

This project is made of a series of 30 static maps covering global empires and commodities from 1550 - 1945. The maps were designed as educational aides to the Global Commodities and Empires Online projects. These static maps are displayed in an interactive viewer that displays dynamically generated legends and text descriptions. The viewer also pre-loads and caches maps, allowing users to navigate by keyboard and create “pseudo-animations” of temporal content.

MAPC Basemap


We worked with the Boston region’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council to design a set of Massachusetts basemap tiles for use in their various web maps. The multiscale map is designed to be distinctive yet neutral, providing reference information but not distracting from data overlays. It was designed in TileMill using state GIS data, and the styles and tiles are freely available from the MAPC.

China Chronology

Adam Matthew Digital

We designed and built this chronology of Chinese history (1637-1937) as part of an Adam Matthew Digital project covering the Wason Pamphlet Collection at Cornell University. Users can scroll down the chronology or use the interactive histogram-timeline at the top of the page to jump to a particular year of interest. The chronology can also be filtered down by a range of possible themes (e.g., arts and culture) and is fully text searchable.

Why Not the Best? iPad Map


This is the tablet version of our Why Not the Best desktop map. Like on the desktop, this web map allows users to explore nationwide indicators of health care at the state, county, or HRR level. On the iPad, however, the focus was weighted more heavily on simplicity and ease of use. A set of core features allow users to select health indicators, tap counties and HRRs to obtain unit-specific reports, and choose the number of data classes and color scheme of the map display. We drew on the jQuery Mobile framework for a polished, iPad-app look and feel.


Adam Matthew Digital

This interactive map is the fourth partnership between Adam Matthew Digital and Axis Maps LLC. Users can explore locations important to the lives and works of romantics, artists, and writers who visited and lived in the Lake District–the mountainous region in North West England that inspired their creativity. Locations are organized thematically into five separate guided tours. A custom-made media browser linked to each location contains an image viewer and audio player for examining original documents and listening to excerpts from the literature.

London Low Life

Adam Matthew Digital

This map, in partnership with Adam Matthew Group, explores both the place and space of Victorian London through historic data and primary source documents. Users can view historic basemaps in a modern context, examine London’s changing urban population, and explore historic images of the city. Finally, a historic street view feature lets users look around the streets of Victorian London.

First World War

Adam Matthew Digital

This project with Adam Matthew Digital includes fourteen animated maps of the key fronts, battles and campaigns of World War I. Three additional interactive maps invite users to explore the war in terms of its global context (e.g., effects of the war on national boundaries). The maps have been arranged along a master timeline that provides temporal context as well as serving as a central navigational element. A selection of primary source documents is available for viewing alongside the maps using a built in image viewer.

Rock and Roll Chronology

Adam Matthew Digital

This interactive chronology was a collaborative project with Adam Matthew Digital. It features significant events in music, politics, fashion and youth culture in Britain and America between 1950-1975. Users can browse articles and images over time using an interactive timeline, as well as filter entries by particular themes and artist names. A linked bubble visualization shows the number of events in the chronology broken down by theme (i.e., bubbles) across the time period.

New York Times: Remembering 9/11

The New York Times

As part of the New York Times’ special report on the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, we built a map of user-generated data that displays more than 40,000 interactive points indicating where people were on that day. Visitors to the map would drop a pin to add their own location and short comment. All users’ locations were shown as dots colored according to their specified mood after reflection on the past decade, and filtering and search controls allowed for more specific views. Built-in links to post on Twitter and Facebook facilitated sharing users’ stories with others.

Duke University Children's Environmental Health Initiative

Duke University

To help evaluate the effectiveness of their programs, the Duke University Children’s Environmental Health Initiative contacted us to build a visualization system that lets them compare health, demographic and program data. The dual, linked choropleth maps display separate variables that can be manipulated using the adjoining histogram and pie charts. The system is fully extensible so CEHI’s GIS staff can continue to add and update their own data as it becomes available.

Dekorra Economic Development Map

Vandewalle and Associates

Working with Vandewalle & Associates, we built an interactive town map as part of the Dekorra Economic Development Opportunities Improvement Initiative. This map, built with the open-source OpenLayers library, combines Google base maps with the town’s parcel data to allow users to explore the 3 economic focus zones in the town of Dekorra. The map allows users to search and filter properties based on characteristics such as parcel size and cost and retrieve detailed information and photos for each parcel on-the-fly.

Imagining the Israeli-Palestinian Border

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

In conjunction with The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Imagining the Border project, this map was developed to allow users to explore different Israeli / Palestinian land swap proposals. Complicated linework is loaded dynamically via KML and users can customize the display by adjusting the transparency of each option. Extensive settlement / community data is searchable by name to locate individual settlements in a large dataset.

Death's Door Spirits Locator

Death's Door Spirits

This Google Maps mashup was built for Death’s Door Spirits to help visitors to their website find locations to purchase their spirits. It uses a Google Map style unique to Death’s Door, based on their bottle design. Users can dynamically search by location and location type and get directions to their closest craft spirits distributor.

UW Arboretum Map

University of Wisconsin Arboretum

The University of Wisconsin Arboretum map was built with the central focus of engaging users who use the arboretum for everything from research to recreation. Users can add their own content to the map by uploading photos to Flickr or recording their experiences in Google My Maps. Researchers and arboretum staff can add their own research to the map through data managed and maintained by the arboretum staff through a flexible interface designed by Axis Maps that allows for a wide range of styling and even map animation.

Border Fence Map

Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics contacted Axis Maps to produce a map to be featured in their 4-page spread for their article titled: ‘Fixing the U.S. Border Fence’ in their August, 2010 issue. This map shows the location and condition of the U.S. / Mexico border fence and was designed around the page-layout and graphic style of both the article and issue.

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