Illustrations of Chartography

I discovered this on ebay last week and had to buy it. Entitled “Illustrations in Chartography” it shows a series of different cartographic (or chartographic?) techniques used in the “School Atlas of Physical Geography” by Ale...


My Year in Maps

Lots happened in 2016 to keep cartographers busy…here are some of my highlights (in no particular order).   Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line at the British Library is an absolutely extraordinary exhibition at the British Librar...


Mapping (historic) tracks in ggplot2

This tutorial was first published in “Geocomputation a Practical Primer“. Here is a more complex example showing how to produce a map of 18th Century Shipping flows. The data have been obtained from the CLIWOC project and they represent a...


Datashine: Mapping the UK Population

All the DataShine websites (except DataShine Election) are derived from a common codebase and use the OpenLayers 3 mapping platform to display a full-window slippy map, with user controls and key overlaid. DataShine Census DataShine ScotlandCommissio...


The Power of Print

*Cross-posted from London: The Information Capital’s website* London’s maps are special. They were drawn by pioneers such as Charles Booth, who revealed the full extent of the city’s poverty, Jon Snow, who deployed maps to determine the cause o...


The Coder and the Designer

*Cross-posted from London: The Information Capital’s website* Whenever I teach an R class, I usually start by saying how the software is now used by the likes of The New York Times graphics department or Facebook to manipulate their data and pr...


London As You’ve Never Seen it Before…

*Cross-posted from London: The Information Capital’s website* As London: The Information Capital enters its second year in print, we think its maps and graphics continue to show London at its best. Here are 12 of our favourites… 12. Pho...


#15MinuteMap: Tropical Cyclone Tracks 1842-2014

More and more I stumble across really cool datasets online that are crying out to be mapped, but I never seem to have the time to do anything fun with them. I had a spare 15 minutes yesterday and challenged myself to map something. I wanted to map tr...


Colour of Votes: 2015 General Election

There have been many great interactive maps and graphics produced for the 2015 General Election. A map I haven’t seen though is one that attempts to show the relative strength of support for each party in each constituency. This is what the ma...



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