WhereCampEU: Some Thoughts

WhereCampEU Intro from Christopher Osborne on Vimeo. Last Friday and Saturday I was part of WhereCampEU “the geo unconference for Europe”. Being an unconference there was no formal agenda instead attendees could propose sessions on the da...


Mapping and Colour blindness

The explosion in spatial data availability and dissemination through online visualisation has produced many interesting maps. A friend of mine, however, recently commented that not enough is done for those with colour blindess.  To see the impact of...


Wired Best Science Visualisations 2009

A bit late I know but I have just discovered the Wired Best Science Visualisations of 2009. There are a couple that use geographic data (of particular note is the California Earthquake simulation). The crucial advantage of animation in a scientific c...


New York Times Map of Winter Olympic Medals

What is interesting about this map (click on image above to visit interactive version) is not what it shows but what it doesn’t show. In this case it is most of the world. The entire African and South American continents are missing. This obvio...


A "Global" Surname Cloud

The WorldNames Profiler was created by my supervisors and fellow members of my research group. Behind the project is a large database containing surnames from 26 countries. Following the effectiveness of the surname clouds I produced for Great Britai...


Great Britain’s Surname Cloud

As part of the research group that created the National Trust Surnames Profiler I have access to a comprehensive database of surnames in Great Britain. Most of my analysis on this database is spatial so I thought I would look at non-spatial way of il...


ESRI’s Free Maps

Following a slightly critical post about the map featured on ESRI’s Geomedicine website I thought I would balance things with a post on a good example (in my opinion) of a mapping service from ESRI. I was really impressed with their Free Embedd...


Mapping Free Data: London’s Working Week

Much of the data downloadable from London’s Data Store have a spatial dimension. Mapping this, even in the simplistic way above, should be encouraged to raise awareness of some of the stories it can (and can’t) tell about life in London. One of t...


Who reads the small print?

As a proud ESRI Developer Centre we were disappointed to see the map on the front page of ESRI‘s recently promoted (via twitter) Geomedicine website. The front page (screen shot below) shows an interactive map of the USA. On it users can overla...


London Population Density 1801- 2001

Using data from the excellent new London Data Store website I have produced a maps showing London’s population density for each decade between 1801 and 2001. An especially interesting pattern from the maps is that of increased population densit...



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