Worldmapper: Rediscovering the World

Authors: Benjamin Hennig*, University of Iceland/University of Oxford
Topics: Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Quantitative Methods
Keywords: cartograms, maps, atlas, cartography, GIS
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Bacchus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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The creation of an online and later also a printed atlas comprising only cartograms has been the central idea of the Worldmapper project. Since its launch in 2006, the online repository has constantly grown in popularity and has become one of the important resources used in teaching geography and related issues around the world. Ten years on, the original version has become outdated and after considerable efforts a new edition of the online platform has been developed which aims to adapt the resource to the changing web technologies. Alongside the technical developments, we have also created a new visual style of the Worldmapper cartograms, aimed at improving its appearance while at the same time not losing its signature style that makes the original maps immediately recognisable. This paper gives an introduction into the major changes to the new Worldmapper platform. It discusses the utilisation of cartograms as an alternative way of creating representations of the diverse human and natural environments that we are living in to help the map-reader rediscover the world using an unusual perspective.

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