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Published: Tuesday 15 May 2007

Another world

www.worldmapper.org



This website presents a view of the world based on different subjects of interest. From inequalities and injustices to natural calamities, it has a collection of world maps classified under various subjects. It shows 'equal area cartograms', where territories are redrawn according to a particular variable--a new method to highlight the globe though maps that appear re-sized. For instance, organise the world with regard to the demonstrations against Iraq invasion, a picture emerges which Italy, Spain, the UK, Germany and the US appear large in proportion.The reason: these countries had seen the most number of protests against the issue. In terms of land, India looks quite small on the map, but it gets larger when it comes to population. When it comes to spending, whether on public health or research, Africa appears tiny, but in malaria cases and deaths due to drought, it appears bigger.

Each map carries technical notes about the data and sources. The maps are based on data obtained from various national and international agencies including World Bank, UNEP, FAO and UNDP. The data cover over 200 territories to include at least 99.95 per cent of the world's population. At present there are 366 such maps, which are also available as PDF posters.

This website is a collaborative project of a few scholars including Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield, and Mark Newman, University of Michigan.

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