I want to be a geographer. Mapping is a trend!

As a child, I never realized the information contained into maps, beyond modeling the borders. After doing my master I could see the quantity of information they have and how fun is to create one.

No one told me that being a geographer could be fun. I always think about them, as a some kind of nerdy professionals with no chances to do something fun. But voila, I couldn’t be any more wrong. If I had to start from scratch, I would definitely consider be a geographer. They have the ability to put information, that for the most of us is really hard to understand, into this graphics and that is so easy to read. Of course, maybe 25 years ago things weren’t that great, technology wasn’t so sophisticated and the GPS were out of the picture. But now you can play with all the info, getting together into one map, and make hypothesis and conclusions, and to develop public policies. Is easier to see in which countries some indexes scored higher or lower, for example, which part of Africa have higher index of malaria, or which countries have a closer relations .

Here are some websites dedicated to explore all this data, in a really easy way. I’m sure you are going to play with this data all day. The possibilities are infinite.

World Mapper

World mapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.There are now nearly 700 maps. The picture below show us an example of this type of map, as you can see the country with the more military expenditure is USA.

World Military Spending Map
Source: http://www.worldmapper.org/

World Population by 2300
Source: http://www.worldmapper.org/

Views Soft the World

This is the personal website of Benjamin Hennig, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. The maps, change according to the studied index, so how would a mappa mundi of our times look like?

A modern equivalent of such a map would have to focus on those spaces of our planet that we have a less vivid imagination of than the physical shape of the world that in medieval times was a much less familiar view than it is today. The following gridded population cartogram generated over the whole surface of Earth could be such a contemporary depiction of the world. It divides the world into equal spaces of population realigning the map view to show the human planet in a similar way as mappae mundi showed the world centuries ago.

TheHumanPlanet_bhennig2013

Modern Mappa Mundi
Source: http://www.viewsoftheworld.net/

THErankings2013-14

University Ranking
Source: http://www.viewsoftheworld.net/

Mapping the world friendships

A Stanford graduate in International Relations, Mia Newman’s research provided “A Closer Look” at the relationships between countries. The research team, explored the international connections through Facebook and found some trends, some predictable, some wholly unexpected, and some still inexplicable.

40 maps that explain the world. 

The Washington Post also shows the importance of mapping.

After seeing all this, don’t you think that mapping is trendy?

@ivettemb & @jeffinergon

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