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Zeitgeist Borders


Research Paper :

Review by New Scientist :

Zeitgeist Borders enable you to map suggestions from all Google search domains over a world map.

By passing your mouse over a country you get the list of all related suggestions:

Map Interaction

By passing your mouse over a suggestion you see all the related countries being highlighted on the map:

List Interaction

Add a space after the last word of your query if you don't want Zeitgeist Borders to suggests you completion of the single last word instead of completion of your whole query.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

Installing Zeitgeist Borders

We couldn't make an online service because of the Google's limitation on the number of query on their servers, but still you can install it on your computer with a little bit of patience. Install Python and follow the steps described above. It's worth it, it's a pretty funny and addictive tool ! :)


In order to use Zeitgeist Borders you must have Python installed with the following dependencies:

All of them are available through easy_install:

sudo pip install pyramid
sudo pip install pyramid_mako
sudo pip install pymongo
sudo pip install paste

Installation and usage

Open a terminal and download Zeitgeist Borders:

git clone git://

Move to the application's folder:

cd Zeitgeist-Borders/

Launch the server:

python ./

Browse the application's page by typing the following address into your Browser:


This software was developed at Fabelier, a parisian hackerspace, by:

Feel free to contact them at zeitgeist at fabelier dot org or to chat about this project on Fabelier's mailing-list.


Zeitgiest-Borders GoogleBorders Project :: By @mazieres, @sizeof and @cybunk :: CC-BY-SA







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