Kristin Pettersen

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Understanding Kim Jong Un, The World’s Most Enigmatic and Unpredictable Dictator

Everyone knows that North Korea’s leader is a bloodthirsty madman and buffoon—or is he really? Mark Bowden digs into the hard facts for an unusual portrait.<p>Does anyone make an easier target than Kim Jong Un? He’s Fatboy Kim the Third, the North Korean tyrant with a Fred Flintstone haircut—the …

The Geography of Terrorism

More than 80 percent of last year's terrorism fatalities occurred in just five countries.<p>Of the 17,958 people who died in terrorist attacks in 2013, 82 percent were in one of five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria. That's one finding from this year's Global Terrorism Index …

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Design

Visualizing London's Evolution From Roman Times to Today

An animation built with georeferenced records of the city's historic road network.<p>A new animation from University College London’s Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis illustrates how London has changed from Roman times to the present day.<p>Extracting from thousands of georeferenced records, …

Redrawing the map using math leads to some beautiful results

The boundaries of states are so engrained in our minds that it can be hard to look at the earth without dividing it into political regions. But there are many other ways of looking at our planet. For example, what would the map of the world look like if each country only controlled all the land …

This Search Engine For The Internet Of Things Promises To Make Data More Meaningful To People

Umbrellium’s Usman Haque talks about Thingful, a search engine for the Internet of things that makes sense of devices and data and the conversations around them.<p>Indexing the Internet of Things (IoT)–the global network of items connected to the Internet which industry estimates suggest will reach a …

These Maps Show Every Country's Most Valuable Exports

Ever wonder what exports ultimately bring in the most money around the world? For many countries, it’s obviously oil, but for others, commodities …

Wait, Where's The Treasure?: A Map Of The Internet

Note: Larger, actually legible version HERE.<p>This is the map of the internet cartographered by DeviantARTist JaySimons. I'm sure there's something to …

Hollande announces plan to redraw French map - France 24

French President François Hollande announced plans on Monday to redraw the country’s map, by reducing the number of regions from 22 to 14.<p>France’s regions take great pride in their distinctive local traditions and identity. Brittany, for example, is known for its crêpes and Celtic heritage, while …

The Unlikely History of the Origins of Modern Maps

Efforts to explain what GIS actually is almost invariably wax philosophical. At its most essential, GIS is a system for marrying data sets with …

GIS

Here are the 32 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Google may be standing up to government surveillance, but on Google Maps it shies away from conflict.<p>The company displays the borders of 32 states differently than the other 162 members of the United Nations. Many of these countries have long had disputed borders or are …

Google Maps

Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City

An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.<p>Maps don't typically convey time very well. They're static snapshots of a moment in history. They tell you <i>what</i> exists, not when people go there, or how the value of a place might be tied to time – whether …

The US is one of only three countries that don’t guarantee paid maternity leave

If you’re a woman working in the United States and your employer provides paid maternity leave, consider yourself lucky: Just 11% of Americans employed by private industry have access to some sort of paid family leave. For state and government employees, 16% can take paid family leave. The US …

Maternity

Mesmerizing Earth Wind Map Shows Real-Time Wind Conditions Around the World

Ever wonder where the wind is blowing? This mesmerizing Earth Wind Map showcases real-time data on global wind conditions in the form of snaking neon …

Geography

Find your favorite spots on this detailed map of the Internet

Come vacation time, why not take a ski trip to the Socialization Mountains, or travel endlessly back and forth between Twitch and SkyDoesMinecraft along the YouTube coast of the Procrastination Sea?<p>Those are just two of the numerous destinations laid out on a stunningly detailed map of the Internet …

New Maps Reveal Mars Mystery

Where did the water on Mars come from, and where did it go? This plot (sort of) formed the basis of one of the best Doctor Who episodes of the modern era, but in all seriousness, it is also driving scientists to examine the Red Planet over and over again.<p>This means revisiting older information with …

Google’s Skybox Releases Stunning Images From New Satellite

Skybox, the satellite mapping company Google bought for a cool $500 million in cash, just released the first images taken from SkySat-2. These shots of Bangor, Maine, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, were taken within 48 hours of the satellite’s launch on July 8.<p>Orbiting Earth at 4.3 miles per second, …

What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

A new website lets you check out photos taken by astronauts of specific spots on Earth.<p>Who isn’t moved by images of the Earth at night?<p>In the contrast it shows between nature and settlement—in the civilizational network it reveals—it gestures at the mystery of human society. These composites are …

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World

<b>Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World</b><p>Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of …

This Is What Happens When You Ask Contemporary Artists To Reimagine Maps Of The World

Do you remember the last time you looked at a map? Excluding the GPS app on your mobile device, it's probably been a while since you gazed upon the feats of cartography that populated your history textbooks and vintage road trip guides. Thankfully, critic and curator extraordinaire Hans Ulrich …

The London Evolution Animation

These maps show the deadliest climate-related disasters for every part of the world since 1970

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This Beautiful Animation Shows Where Important People Moved Around The World

One is to look at the the mass movements of large groups of people. Another is to examine the lives of influential individuals.<p>A new study, published July 31 in Science, combines the two, looking at geographic movements of 150,000 "notable individuals" throughout their lifetime to create a map of …

Data Visualization

Creative Derivatives of the London Tube Map

In 1931, Harry Beck designed the first diagramatic map of the London Underground. By 1960, the Tube Map had evolved into the icon of minimalist modern design that we know and love today — a meme, even. And as any meme, it has spawned a number of creative derivatives. Here are five such …

For The Love Of Open Mapping Data

It’s been exactly ten years since the launch of OpenStreetMap, the largest crowd-sourced mapping project on the Internet. The project was founded by Steve Coast when he was still a student.<p>It took a few years for the idea of OpenStreetMap to catch on, but today, it’s among the most heavily used …

How map-master Max Gill became the saviour of the London Underground

A new exhibition shines a light on Eric Gill’s little-known younger brother, one of the greatest map-makers of the 20th century who designed iconic maps for the Tube and the lettering on war graves<p>A stripey serpent writhes up from the middle of Hyde Park, flicking its tongue towards fleeing crowds, …

A Map of the Introvert's Heart

Comic artist (and introvert) <b>Gemma Correll</b> draws a map of the introvert's heart. This introvert thinks she pretty well nailed it. Are you an …

CartoDB takes $8M in funding to build platform for “thousands” of niche mapping apps

Interactive map maker CartoDB has had a high profile of late, creating interesting visualizations of geospatial data for Twitter (showing the spread …

Map some noise: how your smartphone can help tackle city sound pollution

The NoiseTube app uses the GPS and microphone in your smartphone to gather data and create collaborative noise maps which can be far more detailed than official versions<p>Noise pollution in cities is causing our health to suffer: according to the World Health Organisation, one in five Europeans is …