The Roman convention of closing every article of correspondence by writing “given” and the day and month —meaning perhaps “given to messenger”— led to data becoming a term for “the time (and place) stated.”
Original “Locals vs. Tourists” by Eric Fischer built with the power of MapBox and Twitter data from Gnip. It’s fully-browsable worldwide map of local allegiances. I like how Istanbul looks on the map. Since most of the people were tweeting from the boats you can’t see the borders of the Bosphorus clearly. The data cloud between Asia and Europe is flowing rather than having solid borders. I hope we can see the time-lapse of the visuals in the upcoming versions. You can browse more cities on MapBox project page.
Amazing photo-series on Hong Kong by Michael Wolf that display the density and patterns of buildings. It almost feels like the images are computer generated, then a moment later you realize that people live or work in those buildings. Makes me think about the future of the cities.