Numbers From Around the Web: Round 7

Where are you? A pretty easy question to answer. But, what about, “Where was I?” Not so easy to answer, especially when we start talking about periods of time more than a few days or weeks. Sure, we all have GPS running on our phones now. We can check in with Foursquare/Facebook/Path etc. to keep a log of locations, but that data is fragmented and only represents certain specific locations. What about paths? What would we learn if we knew more about how we traveled about our world?

Aaron Parecki is one of the founders of Geoloqi, a location-based services platform. He has also been tracking his location every 6 seconds for the last four years and he has created some amazing visualizations to better understand his movement:

You may think this is just a boring old map with some travel data layered on top, but what makes this map special is that there is no underlying geospatial data. The lines you see above are Aaron’s actual travel paths from his GPS data. Using this information you can easily see the well traveled roadways by finding the thicker lines. You can even quickly pick out freeways and interstates due to their high speed.

Here you see Aaron’s data for the last four years (again, there are only the GPS traces). You can see he’s color-coded the data ro represent different years in order to see where he spends his time.

Aaron has a lot more visualizations of his GPS traces, but I’ll leave you with this neat video showing a timelapse of his minute-by-minute movement:

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3 Responses to Numbers From Around the Web: Round 7

  1. urza says:

    Wow it is simply amazing. Can I do that too? Is there app for that? I was looking at but it looks more like a platform for developers. They have sample app, but it says it is for sharing location and some layers. What I am looking for is an app that would track my locations (like Aaron did) and my places (how much time spent in the office, home, transport..) and let me later analyze and visualize it (I can do that in other software, but I need the data)

  2. Andreas says:

    just like urza, this is exactly what i’ve been looking for for years. even better would some kind of “street section tagging”, so i know which streets in a city i haven’t seen yet and have yet to explore. but please build a customer app for the basic gps history travel map. it is amazing. all the other apps only show history of routes and tracks and pins, i don’t want that. I’d have to resort to latitude and export the KML to a heatmap creator…

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