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How might these videographics change in the future?
There is some amazing videos showing how political borders, we see as being fairly stable in our lifetime, ebb and flow with the growth and collapse of superpowers. Some of these will have to be updated in the next few months to reflect the changes to Ukraine's borders with Russia.
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How might these videographics change in the future?
The World Resources Institute has produced a range of resources focused on the use, overuse and management of our global forests. There are some info graphics, as shown below, but the main draw of the website is the maps, charts and graphs.
The first map I will be using in class is the Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea to show where there is active logging across the country. This information can be used to make decisions about priority areas for protection, or areas where ecological surveys need to take place. The area of biodiversity under threat can also be measured.
This database also has information on climate, energy, food, water, cities, governance and business. Explore it for yourself here.
Today is the launch of World Resources Institute's Global Forest Watch, there is a launch in two hours and this can be followed with the hashtag #gfwlaunch
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is according to the website 'a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests'. The mapping application unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests, providing near-real time, reliable, and actionable data about what is happening in forests worldwide.
The GFW application helps by informing a range of people from concerned citizens, government leaders, buyers and suppliers of sustainable forest products about when and where are forests cleared and who is responsible.
Below is an image of hillside deforestation in Rio de Janeiro. Image via Wikimedia Commons (Alex)
Developer Cameron Beccario has created an amazing interactive map to show the global pattern of wind (link to earth wind map), using data from the Global Forecast System.
As I write this post, the strongest winds are blowing around the north of Japan. This site will help you to compare wind strength across the world and see where low and high pressure systems form.
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1. Where in the world is the windiest place right now?
2. Where in the world is there very little wind?
3. If you got in a sail boat in San Diego, where might you end up?
4. Compare the strength and pattern of wind between two different regions in the world, which place would you want to avoid right now?
Want to find out more about earth winds - follow the link.
The New York Police Department (link here) have created an interactive map for the following seven major felonies:
1. Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter
4. Felonious Assault
6. Grand Larceny
7. Grand Larceny Motor Vehicle
It is easy to navigate the city and view the most dangerous locations. The most murders in 2013 occurred in 42nd Precinct, followed by four Precincts in Brooklyn.
It would be interesting to find out why these are crime hotspots in the city.
The Globalisation Index 2011 is a useful interactive showing how different countries have become more or less globalised with time. The index, created by the Economist Intelligence Unit, shows the extent to which the world's largest countries by GDP are connecting to the global economy, using 20 indicators in five broad categories:
1. Openness to trade
2. Capital movements
3. Labor movements
4. Exchange of technology and ideas
5. Cultural integration
“The Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders does not take direct account of the kind of political system but it is clear that democracies provide better protection for the freedom to produce and circulate accurate news and information than countries where human rights are flouted,” said the Secretary General for Reporters Without Borders (link here). For the third year running, Finland, the Netherlands and Norway topped the table, with Eritrea, Turkmenistan and North Korea at the bottom of the table.
Census Data for the UK can now be easily searched, with the user-friendly UK Data Explorer. Decide on the region you want to investigate and then you can click on a range of different indicators. This first image is a screen shot from the Deprivation in London map. The focus is on Barking, the place I was born, the red areas are most deprived and blue least deprived. For each small area or Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) a pop-up data box shows specific deprivation information. Barking is one of the most deprived areas in London. If you travel west to Stratford, does the amount of LSOA's shaded red reduce or increase?
This map is looking at Renewable energy generation (link here) and is a great map to use whilst studying the energy mix of the UK. Individual schemes with their generation capacity can be investigated.
If you are curious to see what the price of renting in London is, then this is a very useful Interactive Map - link here. The property rental service Find Property have used their database to calculate and display the average rental cost for homes within a kilometre of each tube station in the capital. Click on a tube line and a neat graph shows the average cost of property appears. The data displayed can be organised according to the number of bedrooms.
The two following graphs show the Northern line, the cost of one-bedroom properties rising from approximately £200 a week in Zone 4 up to £510 a week in Zone 1. Source: Find Property
The pattern for four-bedroom properties shows sharp spikes at £1684 in East Finchley and £1567 at Moorgate. As the data is updated in real time, if there are no properties for rent, the location will show as £0
1. What does this Interactive tell you about the costs of renting in the capital?
2. What factors might cause the variation in rental prices across the capital?
3. Would you spend more on property rentals and live centrally or would you choose to live further out and commute to work if you had the choice?
Migration patterns have been represented in a dramatically different data visualisation called peoplemovin (link here) by Carlo Zapponi - shared on twitter by @MattPodbury