Posted: 18 Oct 2010 12:54 AM PDT
Online maps that we use for directions use the Mercator projection, and this tends to dictate how we perceive the size of countries and continents. If you look at the world map on Google, for example, Africa doesn't look that much bigger compared to China or the United States. In reality though, it's a lot bigger. Kai Krause scales countries by their area in square kilometers and then fits them into a Africa's borders for some perspective.
This one's for you, cartographers. What do you think?
Posted: 17 Oct 2010 10:00 PM PDT
In case you're on the market for a data sciencey type job, there were a number of them posted to the forums this past week, along with some other schtuff.
SEM infographics freelance — Working is picking up and I need help covering all my client requests for SEM infographics...
Designer needed for animated cartogram — I am a financial publisher in need of a designer to create a cartogram of world GDP growth by nation...
Data Visualization and Charting Business Manager — Bloomberg is looking for a passionate, experienced individual to join the Charts, Technical Analysis and Graphics Business...
Data Visualization Genius — Young, fast-growing digital media startup seeks data visualization or UI expert...
Interaction Designer — Do you believe, in a freshman-year kind of way, that design just might save the world?
P.S. I changed the "Finding a Job" forum to "Job Board" since that's basically what it's used for. Are you an employer looking for a qualified data person? Post it to the board. It's free.
Posted: 17 Oct 2010 09:38 PM PDT
In their continuation of what online marketers know about you, the Wall Street Journal reports on groups scraping pages and services to reveal identities and link pseudonyms to real names. "Social networks are becoming the new public records." My rule of thumb: if I put anything on the Web, I'm assuming it's public.
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