Monday, March 11, 2013

Geographical information is everywhere on the Internet

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Geoinformation is the name of the game

Information galore can be gained through trawling the Internet for Infographics, maps, video, simulations and cartoons on all things geographical. No longer are books our key source of information. Whilst books continue to be important sources of the academic and published, most of the population, including students are now getting their information from other sources.  The Internet based sources do much of the translation of the information into the forms of infographics, maps, videos and blogs. Such translation of information requires increased levels of critical literacy by the viewer/reader to weed out bias and false interpretation. To highlight the fantastic infosources out there for us to view, here are just some. They are all concise, many visual and all easy to interpret.  

Just have a look at them and be ready to have a chat about your 3 favourite ones at the beginning of Thursday's lesson.

* Economic inequalityinfographic

* James Bond travel map
Where in the world has 007 been in his 30 movies? If that's a question you've always wanted to know, then this set of maps was made just for you

* Human Development Index: This video shows the basic concept of HDI (Human Development Index), by using four different examples (Japan, Mexico, India and Angola).

* Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly moreprecious than oil.  Change over space
Over the last 24 years, it has tapped hidden reserves of water to grow wheat and other crops in the Syrian Desert. This time series of data shows images acquired by three different Landsat satellites operated by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.

Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools.

This video is a good way to introduce the discipline of geography and the class subject matter.  While geography may appear to be eclectic sets of random knowledge, it is that spatial component that binds the various sub-disciplines as a coherent whole

Interactive Migrations Map: Where are migrants coming from? Where have migrants left?

* A New Way to Illuminate Inequality Around the World   Want to know where the poor live? Look at where the light isn’t 

The geography of religion, even in an era of secularization, is still a powerful  indicator of many patterns of human geography.  What is the religious profile of your state?  What is the spatial distribution of the religious tradition with which you identify?  What explains those spatial patterns?

Mapping a survey of rankings from a variety of sources