Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Online Interactive Map of Coachella Artists

This Map Rocks:  Map of the Coachella Music Festival Performers

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a popular annual event presented at a polo club in Indio, California in the Colorado Desert.  The festival kicks off on April 15 with over 160 artists from all over the world including Calvin Harris, Chris Stapleton, Ellie Goulding, Ice Cube, and Guns ‘N’ Roses.  But where in the world—specifically—are the bands located?  There’s a map for that.

Vanessa Franko is the Assistant Managing Editor/Features, Sports, Local Music Columnist for The Press Enterprise in California.  Franko created an interactive GIS map showing the home locations for the artists performing at Coachella this year. 

The map legend organizes the artists by genre, including electronic, rock, rap/hip-hop, and reggae.  Users can zoom in to the highly-populated areas like Los Angeles and Europe to identify specific bands.  Click on the marker to see the name of the artist, their home location, genre, background information, and the date of their performance at Coachella.  A link to artists’ Web page is also provided where available.

Six continents are represented at Coachella this year.  The lineup features a DJ from Irkutsk, Russia, a band from the Congo, and rap/hip-hop artists from Seoul, South Korea and Edinburgh, Scotland.  Most of the artists’ hometowns are depicted, although Indiana front-man Axl Rose is identified with Guns ‘N’ Roses in Los Angeles.

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library provides access to the latest ESRI GIS software and assistance from the GIS Specialist.  The computer lab in the GRMC houses 28 high-end Lenovo ThinkCentre N58p computers available Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00.  Computers throughout Bracken Library also offer access to the GIS software and are available during the evening and on weekends.

For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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