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...


UK Carbon Emissions

I read recently this article on the BBC News website. I thought the map they used (below) to show the areas of Britain with the largest domestic carbon footprints was a little uninspiring. The colour scale was unclear with no explanation as to why th...



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