Size Matters

In geography, size matters.  On maps, large always wins over small.  We’re human.  We’re wired to quickly spot patterns and make visual comparisons.  See Tufte, Edward. Picture a map of your own state.  How does it compare in size to the states next door, the largest states, the smallest, or Texas? I recently joined with…. More.

The Mappy Goodness that is GIS Day in the Scholars’ Lab

Every November on the Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week the world celebrates GIS Day.  On that day in Charlottesville the geospatial community gathers in the Scholars’ Lab for mappy goodness. And cake. In 2010 we threw open the Scholars’ Lab doors for folks to present geospatial lightning talks.  We were impressed by the breadth of…. More.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Mappiness

Mr. Jefferson ended his best-known sentence with “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”   The only thing missing was maps. In the Scholars’ Lab, we’re all about the spatial goodness.   Inspired by Kansas State University’s Seven Deadly Sins maps, we set about converting the qualities of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness into…. More.

Mr. Voronoi, meet the US state boundaries

In the Scholars’ Lab we are working with remarkably detailed datasets showing changes to US political boundaries over time.  We’ve all been fascinated with visualizations where the familiar outlines of the US states emerge from thousands of boundary changes to their underlying counties over the last few hundred years.  Did you know Virginia once spanned…. More.

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