Please note that the Worldmapper archive kept here on the University of Sheffield servers will not be updated anymore and is a repository of the initial Worldmapper platform launched in 2006. The pages under this address will remain as they are. If there is a relaunch of Worldmapper in an updated and enhanced form, it will go online under our main address at www.worldmapper.org. Updated and new material can also be found on the Worldmapper-related research blog www.viewsoftheworld.net
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Rediscovering the World: Map Projections of Human and Physical Space
The work on a Leverhulme Trust-funded three-year postgraduate research project on the improvement of the visualisations of the worldmapper project is now completed. The PhD thesis by Benjamin Hennig explains the creation of gridded cartograms, which have also been integrated in the Worldmapper website in form of the gridded population cartograms in the online World Population Atlas. The thesis explains the technique, presents a number of examples and case studies and discusses the implications for cartographic practice and potential wider applications. The work is now available as a book (published 2013 by Springer).
The current issue of the German-language academic journal Wissenschaft & Frieden, a publication dealing with issues related to peace research, looks at the theme of international geopolitics. For a contribution in that issue we created a series of updated maps of various relevant topics, including a new look at the global military expenditure according to the most recent data by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
A paper published in the European Journal of Social Sciences (Vol. 24, Issue 3) shows a new world map of organic agriculture that presents countries as proportional in size to their share of the total of world organic hectares.
Cubic globes are quite handy when wanting to explain different conecpts of maps and map projections with a little practical element. They are much less work than creating a spheric version of the earth, and (as said by Carlos Furuti on his online cube globe collection) the cube is an ideal introduction to folding one’s own pseudoglobes. We have created a print template of a cubic globe showing a gridded world population cartogram that brings together the worlds of cubic globes and cartograms. Print and assemble your own cube here:
The International Publishers Association (IPA) made a report on the development of the international publishing markets using a new approach to estimating the size of publishing markets based on market value by consumer prices. For the report we created a map from their new data estimates.
In the last of our 2012 Olympic/Paralympic map series we completed the medal maps with a look at the success of the partiocipating nations at the 2012 Paralympics. We also looked back and created a map animation comparing the Olympic and Paralympic medal distributions.
As part of a contribution to the 48th Annual Conference of the Society of Cartographers we presented a map series that looks at the distribution of agricultural lands. We used these maps to demonstrate how issues of water insecurity can be visualised in alternative ways.
Olympic legacy: London 2012 medal maps August 2012
The overall picture of Olympic success stories is of little surprises when seen from a perspective of won medals. Olympic inequalities already started with an imbalance of participating athletes from around the world (as shown our earlier map, see below) which hardly reflects the global population distribution. That pattern is carried forward to the winner’s podium, where in large the wealthier parts of the world are represented, as our cartograms of the final results shows.
An inspired generation: London 2012 athletes July 2012
With the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London we looked at the countries that the over 10,000 participating athletes are coming from. The map shows that the Olympics are not a fully fair game in terms of equal representation of the world, but instead also reflects the capabilities of countries to participate in such a global event.
UNHCR have released their latest report on the situation of refugees. On Worldmapper, we have mnapped this topic before, but released an updated version to these maps now using the report's latest data.
Finding the Final Fifth: Inequalities in Immunisation May 2012
A new report by Save the Children identifies the final fifth of unimmunised children and why they aren’t being reached. Worldmapper contributed some of the maps featured in the report, highlighting the prevailing inequalities in access to health care across the globe.
As part of a Plenary Speech at the AAG Annual Conference in New York City we showed a new map that has been made in collaboration with the Globaia project. Aim of the project is a new cartography of the Anthropocene, which stands for the considerable impact of humans on the environment since industrialisation started. The wWorldmapper-version of Globaia's signature map shows some of the key elements of human interaction on the planet on an equal population projection.
The new Lonely Planet book 'How to land a Jumbo Jet' features some maps created by Worldmapper. Amongst the maps is a cartogram showing the remotest places on the planet using a gridded cartogram technique:
The world population is estimated to cross the 7 billion line this month. We have mapped the world's population as it looks this year, and also created an animated series of cartograms that show the changing distribution of the world's population from 1950 to 2100 (using UN population estimates).
Worldmapper supports the activities of the Open Access week promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. In collaboration with the organisers of the event we have created a map according to the number of planned activities to be organised by country during the Open Access Week this year:
To mark this year's World Population Day and the expected arrival of the world's 7th billion citizen we updated our population cartogram with the latest estimates for 2011. We also included the new country of South Sudan in the new map:
The 2011 version of the Worldmapper Population Cartogram
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests (IYF). Worldmapper mapped the forest distribution, forest gains and forest losses look on a global scale for an article in the Natural Inquirer, a school science educational journal.
Why some countries get a better deal at UN climate talks - Worldmapper mapping the Cancun summit December 2010
UNfair play is a group of young people who set out to challenge the unfair balance of power in UN climate change negotiations. For the 2010 summit in Cancun/Mexico we created a map for them that shows the delegate sizes from around the world.
"Pillen und Pipetten" - Worldmapper featured at the Deutsches Technik Museum Berlin August 2010
"Pillen und Pipetten" (Pills and Pipettes) is the title of a newly published book accompanying an exhibition about the chemical and pharmaceutical industry at the German Musum of Technology, Berlin. The chapter on rare diseases includes some worldmapper maps and has been kindly permitted to be published on our website. The document can be downloaded as pdf via the following link. Please do also notice the museum's website:
We used Worldmapper maps to illustrate the song Money by N.A.S.A. feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip (Grant Phabao Remix):
Water|Craft showing designs for the ecological city 14 July 2010
Worldmapper has made some contribution to the latest release of the Urban Infill series by the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The book Water|Craft has just been released (photo from the official book launch) and is available for purchase from Amazon.
"Water|Craft is a collection of essays that looks at urban and regional water issues and new design approaches. The impetus for this volume was the CUDC's experiences in working with the volatile urban situation of Cleveland; a fragile economy, aging infrastructure and damaged ecosystem. Water plays a critical role in revitalization efforts for the region. Water|Craft highlights water-related best practices, particularly about water infrastructure made visible as a form-giver and a design driver." (Source: GCBL)
True Stories of Fake Things May 2010
Worldmapper is collaborating with Sheffield-based performance group Third Angel on the project What I Heard About The World. The show will premiere in Sheffield Theatres' Studio May, 29, and then tour in Portugal, in autumn 2010. Further dates in 2011. More information can also be found on the Third Angel blog at thirdangeluk.blogspot.com.
Worldmapper in BBC series on Maps 25 April 2010
Worldmapper is featured in the second part of the BBC series Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession. The second part Spirit of the Age is also available online via the iPlayer:
We added a new series of maps which show grid-based cartograms showing each territory shape according to its population distribution. Those can be found at our new Country Cartograms.
The territories can be selected via an interactive map or over a list of the new maps.
The description of the techniques and data used in our new maps are decribed here.
Worldmapper maps in German TV webfeature on the economic crisis 19th May 2009
Some new Worldmapper maps, depicting several economic indicators, have been used by the German broadcaster WDR for a webfeature on the economic crisis. The feature was put online for the latest episode of TV science magazine Quarks & Co. See following link:
The first six maps now allow you to zoom and click territories for information.
The interactive maps use SVG. If you are using Internet Explorer, you will probably need the Abobe SVG plugin.
Choose a map from the top menu, and click the map for the interactive version.Try, for example: Map 1: Population
Worldmapper in a book! 23rd September 2008
The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the way we live
by Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman and Anna Barford
366 digitally modified maps – known as cartograms – depict the areas and countries of the world not by their physical size, but by their demographic importance on a vast range of subjects ranging from population, health, wealth and occupation to how many toys we import and who's eating their vegetables.
There is a new series of Worldmapper maps (118 in all!) available on the subject of Cause of Death. The maps use data from the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Global Burden of Disease (GBD) statistics on death and disability worldwide in 2002.
A huge debt of gratitude is owen to David Dorling for his contribution to this series (and Worldmapper in general); these revealing maps, and especially the information that goes with them, would not have been possible with out him. Thanks also to Anna Barford, who put many hours of work into this series before she left the project to start her PhD.
This series do not have the accompanying PDF posters that were available with the first 366 maps. The data files on which they were based will be available soon.
Anna Barford has worked full-time on the Worldmapper project for two years, writing the information that accompanies the maps, promoting Worldmapper, and doing many other things besides. In October 2007, she leaves the project to begin a PhD.
The Worldmapper team would like to thank her for all of her hard work and professionalism she has made a huge contribution to the project.
To mark the occasion, we have asked Anna a few questions about her experiences with Worldmapper (link below).
Click on the scout map for a bigger version. The full poster version, together with the data, will be available at a later date. Thanks to Robert Lang for the scout data which he obtained from the World Scout Bureau scouting census 2005.
Worldmapper posters depicting nuclear waste, carbon emissions and HIV/AIDS were displayed at the recent Glastonbury festival. They were used as part of the 'Give Geography its Place' campaign. The photos were taken by Daniel Raven-Ellison, one of the campaign members.
Worldmapper maps used in ActionAid report 1st June 2007
A new report from ActionAid, entitled Merkel’s moment: The G8’s credibility test on Africa, has been released, and contains Worldmapper maps. The report calls for G8 leaders at the forthcoming summit to honour the commitments made at the 2005 summit in Gleneagles of increased aid to Africa.
Underlying Data files added to Worldmapper 25th May 2007
Four of the datafiles that are a souce of the data for many of the Worldmapper maps have been made available on the website. They show original data, and the calculations required to provide the data necessary to make the maps. They can be found under the heading 'Larger Underlying Data Files' on the data page.
Anti-war demonstrations February 14/15/16 2003: Appeal for help 27th April 2007
Did you attend an anti-war demonstration in February 2003? After a lot of research on the web, we have records of demonstrations, and estimates of demonstrators numbers, for many towns and cities. However, we would like to improve the dataset and the map, so we are asking for people who attended a demonstration on the weekend of 14/15/16 February 2003 to check this list to see whether the demonstration that they attended is listed, and get in touch if not.
Congratulations to Worldmapper team members Anna Barford and Danny Dorling, who recently received an award from the Geographical Association in the UK, for an article they wrote about Worldmapper for Teaching Geography.
The title is 'Award for Excellence in Leading Geography'
Action Maps Added 27th March 2007
Maps 357-366 have been added. You can get to them through the thumbnail Map index pages, or the category lists - the new maps fall into the category of 'Action'. Please note that errors may be present in the new maps and associated text and files, so they may be subject to change.
This is the last of the 366 maps in our main series. Technical notes for the later categories will be added soon.
Girls not at Secondary School map painted!
19th March 2007
The Worldmapper map "Girls not at Secondary School" has been painted by the German artist Annegret Poschlep. The painting is titled "e a r t h number one". More details and a larger image are on the link below:
Worldmapper Featured in The Times (UK newspaper) 26th February 2007
Several Worldmapper maps accompanied an article on Worldmapper in The Times newspaper today, covering three pages. The full article will be available soon, and a link to the article on The Times website is below. The Times online article
Maps Delayed ... New target set! 20th February 2007
We have again missed out target for finishing the 366 maps. This is due to the data in the later series of maps being more difficult to work with than we expected. We now aim to finish the 366 maps by 21st March: International Anti-racism Day. Some of the categories should be appearing over the next few weeks.
Worldmapper featured on Japanese TV 1st January 2007
Worldmapper was featured on Japanese public broadcasting TV station NHK on new year's day, on a programme called "Chikyu Map 2007" ("World Map 2007"). The programme featured 9 Worldmapper maps. The synopsis is as follows:
"As rapid globalization has led economical disparity among the nations, the program delves in further to the basic question of how we can
overcome the problems in this world."