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When Maps Lie

A map is not just a picture—it’s also the data behind the map, the methodology used to collect and parse that data, the people doing that work, the choices made in terms of visualization and the software used to make them. A map is also a representation of the world, which in some ways must always be a little inaccurate—most maps, after all, show the roughly spherical world on a flat surface. Certain things are always left off or highlighted while others are altered, as no map can show everything at once. All of those choices and biases, conscious or not, can have important effects on the map itself. We may be looking at something inaccurate, misleading, or incorrect without realizing it.

Source: When Maps Lie

Web Site of the Week: Worldmapper

© Copyright 2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).


Worldmapper is not a traditional map Web site.  Instead it is a fun way to understand statistics visually.  Worldmapper has a collection of maps that are re-sized according to different subjects/interests.  For example, the map above shows each country’s size in proportion to it’s population compared to the rest of the world.  You can view maps by many different subjects ranging from amount of commute time to number of deaths caused by war.