The global population is growing at an incomprehensible rate and with it are complex environmental consequences that often result in social injustices. The United Nations has established a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in attempt to ameliorate inequality and promise safety for the masses. To reach these goals a set of indicators have been identified and their associated data for each country are publicly available to measure how close each country is to each goal. Multifaceted social and environmental processes that are difficult to understand are causing threats to these goals. Maps help reduce complexity. Now, arguably anyone with access to the Internet and time can make a map. However, not all maps are effective accurate communication vessels. In theory, well-designed maps tell a story that truthfully represents the data available. Here I will present a synthesis of key design decisions points during the cartographic workflow. Specific considerations related to mapping SDG indicators will be presented. Future research related to interactive online tools and platforms will also be introduced. Map makers have a unique opportunity to use these data to illuminate and communicate injustices that are documented therein to inspire creative localized solutions to eradicate inequality.
|Publication status||Published - 18 Dec 2018|
|Event||Conference at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich - Zurich, Switzerland|
Duration: 18 Dec 2018 → 18 Dec 2018
|Conference||Conference at the Department of Geography, University of Zurich|
|Period||18/12/18 → 18/12/18|