Mapping the cheery, the depressing and the slimy

December 5, 2014

It was a great week for interesting maps to find their way onto some of Data Dive’s favorite sources, so for this weekend’s edition we feature the cheery, the depressing and the slimy as conveyed in cartography.

The cheery

  • You may or may not wear your heart on your sleeve, but this week The Atlantic’s City Lab featured Monochōme, a project that allows one to wear a map of your choosing on a skirt or tank top using stylized OpenStreetMap data.
  • Quartz pointed to a lovely state by state collection of maps of U.S. roads, also available for purchase from Fathom just in time for the holidays.

The depressing

  • Freedom House released its annual report on Internet freedom, including a nifty interactive map that conveys levels of liberty and the obstacles each country faces in making information free. 
  • The Guardian mapped relative levels of support for ISIS coming from Arabic-speaking social media accounts. The U.S. rates higher than you might think.
  • The good folks over at Quartz were busy, producing a map of which minorities are discriminated against as they seek employment in rich countries
  • Vox pointed to a fascinating map from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crimes that shows the choreography of smuggling counterfeit goods around the world.

 The slimy

  • Quartz is back again, and while technically not a map, their story on yellow slime’s efficiency in getting from point A to point B can help us understand how effective transportation networks behave.



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ISIL = “International Scam In (the) Levant”…. It’s simply not credible that the US, NATO and sixty of the world’s most technologically and militarily advanced nations on Earth couldn’t crush ISIL like a cockroach under their heel over a long weekend…..if they wanted to. They just don’t want to….Why?

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