London in Spring Time

Source: http://sosyalinsan.deviantart.com/

Source: http://sosyalinsan.deviantart.com/

"Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.  for there is in London all that life can afford."     - Samuel Johnson

Over the last few weeks, I have stumbled upon a surprising number of data related visualizations that capture various aspects of the city of London.   Unlike some of our other posts, there is no particular statistical theme, but rather just a range of different data snapshots of a great European city.

Source: http://willgallia.com/content/images/tubebeg.jpg

Source: http://willgallia.com/content/images/tubebeg.jpg

First, a "living breathing transit map" found on the City Lab website and created by Will Gallia. This map is based on "562,145 journeys on the London Underground network" druing a single week in 2009.   Along the same lines, here is a traffic visualization for London created by 422 South CGI and Visual FX.

source: http://422.com/work/data-visualization-of-london-traffic-for-here.com

source: http://422.com/work/data-visualization-of-london-traffic-for-here.com

Next, a series of interactive maps of London brought to you by the beta website Place I Live. One can configure the map to show a wide range of things, including population density, bagel shops, and in this example, air pollution density.

Finally, if you are in the mood for more London data visualizations, the book London, The Information Capital by James Chesire and Oliver Alberti is for you.  I stumbled upon this in preparing this blog, and it looks terrific.  I also suggest this blog by one of the authors, James Cheshire ( @spatialanalysis) called spatial.ly.  In this particularly relevant post, he describes how London continues to be at the forefront of open data initiatives.