January 3, 2012

The Google Iowa live results map

As I continue to struggle with a nasty cold that doesn’t seem to want to go away or more accurately the symptoms related to the cold, I enjoyed watching the results of the Iowa Caucuses tonight.

I have to admit surprise at the results.

What really peaks my interest tonight is Google’s live map of the Iowa results: http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results

I’ve taken a look at the source code (am really at a loss to grasp it right now, but when I’m feeling better …) and am already thinking about how to learn from the code to produce my maps of school closures and boundary changes during the coming year.

I produced a live poll-by-poll map of results in Hamilton East Stoney Creek during the 2010 federal election. I’ve been looking at improving my live mapping skills and this provides yet another opportunity to do so.