StatsLife - news and opinion from the Royal Statistical Society. 6 maps that could change your perspective on the world. We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete.
Khanna is the author of the new book “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” in which he argues that the arc of global history is undeniably bending toward integration. Instead of the boundaries that separate sovereign nations, the lines that we should put on our maps are the high-speed railways, broadband cables and shipping routes that connect us, he says. And instead of focusing on nation-states, we should focus on the dozens of mega-cities that house most of the world’s people and economic growth. business wonkblog false after3th true Wonkbook newsletter Your daily policy cheat sheet from Wonkblog. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. We have the ability to do this. You might also like: A Tactile Atlas Helps the Blind 'See' Maps. Some maps are meant to be felt, not seen. The photograph above shows a page from an atlas commissioned by a Swiss psychologist for a friend who loves geography and maps but is unable to use traditional atlases because he is completely blind.
The new atlas is printed with special ink that expands when heated to create tiny bumps and ridges on the page. Making a tactile map like this isn’t easy, says Anna Vetter, a cartographer who works in Zürich for the mapping software company Esri and led the team that created the new atlas. “It was quite challenging for me because you really have to think in a different way,” Vetter says. For example, Vetter used hatched lines to indicate railroad tracks, as you can see in the image below. At first she put the hatch marks closer together, but the blind man they were made for couldn’t distinguish the railways from the solid lines indicating rivers and boundaries.
“I thought it looked pretty good, but it was totally useless for feeling,” Vetter says. How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies | Politics. In theory, statistics should help settle arguments. They ought to provide stable reference points that everyone – no matter what their politics – can agree on. Yet in recent years, divergent levels of trust in statistics has become one of the key schisms that have opened up in western liberal democracies.
Shortly before the November presidential election, a study in the US discovered that 68% of Trump supporters distrusted the economic data published by the federal government. In the UK, a research project by Cambridge University and YouGov looking at conspiracy theories discovered that 55% of the population believes that the government “is hiding the truth about the number of immigrants living here”. Rather than diffusing controversy and polarisation, it seems as if statistics are actually stoking them. Nowhere is this more vividly manifest than with immigration. The thinktank British Future has studied how best to win arguments in favour of immigration and multiculturalism. 7 maps that will change how you see the world. A Japanese architect has won a prestigious award for creating a new map, because it shows the world as it really is.
The AuthaGraph World Map angles continents in order to show their true distance from one another. Hajime Narukawa won the Good Design Award, beating over 1,000 entries in a variety of categories. “The AuthaGraph World Map provides an advanced precise perspective of our planet,” explain the organizers of the award. Not only that, but the map can then be transformed into a globe. Why is this news? Ever since we first set sail to explore the world, humans have wanted to record what they saw and experienced. The map we are used to seeing depicts the world as flat, but it distorts the sizes of the continents, as this interactive map shows. For example, this still from the interactive map depicts the United States of America superimposed onto Brazil, and shows that the US barely covers it. Africa is a lot bigger than we think It’s a similar story with the African continent. See the Historic Maps Declassified by the CIA. Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S.
President George W. Bush and several advisors gathered at Camp David to weigh the country’s options. On the table in front of them, as you can see in the photo below, was a map of Afghanistan created by cartographers at the Central Intelligence Agency. It was among the first of what would become thousands of maps the CIA produced after September 11 to track terrorist networks and support U.S. military operations, including the raid to capture Osama bin Laden in 2011. As with much of the CIA Cartography Center’s work, these maps were classified, seen only by people in the intelligence community and at the highest levels of the government. The Cartography Center was born in the days leading up to the United States’ entry into World War II. From the beginning, the cartographers had a broad mission—to acquire and create maps and geographic data relevant to national security. Top 19 geovisualization tools, APIs and libraries that will let you create beautiful web maps.
Creating a good web map is not an easy task but over the years we’ve seen plenty of amazing geovisualization examples. Almost all of them have been developed with the use of one of the tools, APIs or libraries mentioned below. If you think that we are missing something let us know in the comments. 1. Mapbox Mapbox is a geo-visualization platform that gives easy to use set of tool for creating beautiful web and mobile maps. CARTO previously known as CartoDB is the best platform for complex and dynamic geospatial data visualization and analysis. 3. Esri has monopolized the field of GIS and is also one of the most popular geo visualization platforms. 4. Here Data Lens is a set of APIs that provide a seamless developer experience for creation & deployment cool data visualisations. 5. Google Maps offers a set of APIs for different mapping purposes. 6. 7.
This poses a problem for mapmakers, who typically only have two dimensions to work with. Fortunately, cartographers have some clever techniques for creating the illusion of depth, many of them developed by trial and error in the days before computers. The best examples of this work use a combination of art and science to evoke a sense of standing on a mountain peak or looking out an airplane window. One of the oldest surviving maps, scratched onto an earthenware plate in Mesopotamia more than 4,000 years ago, depicts mountains as a series of little domes. It’s an effective symbol, still used today in schoolchildren’s drawings and a smartphone emoji, but it’s hardly an accurate representation of terrain. But cartography became much more sophisticated during the Renaissance. 22 maps that explore modern America.
European Demography 2016. Ordnance Survey Blog Top 10 mapping moments in OS history - Ordnance Survey Blog. By David Henderson, Director of Products It’s been 225 years since OS was founded and 215 years since we published our first map. I’m not sure if we could work out how many cumulative square miles we’ve surveyed in that time, but I do know there are a few highlights in our history that really stand out for me and for my cartography colleagues too.
With that in mind, this is my own top 10 of mapping moments that have recorded our nation’s evolving landscape, and helped us become the trusted geospatial partner we are today: 1801 map of Kent Our first map. We wouldn’t be here without it. Ordnance Survey’s original purpose was to create a map that would help our military to defend and protect a nation. A section of the 1801 map of Kent In time, this military focus would soften. Early leisure maps Think of OS maps and many people think of OS Explorer and OS Landranger, with their familiar orange and pink covers. The Lake District mapped in the late 1920s-early 1930s Aerial imagery Milton Keynes. The world map you know and love? It's been lying to you.