The power of visualization choices: Diffferent images of patterns in space

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Abstract

Maps are representations of the world. They off fer summaries or simplifij ica-tions of data that are collected, attempt to reveal unknowns, to simplify and communicate complex spatial phenomena. Numerous decisions are made in the process of creating a map. Seemingly inconsequential variations of car tographic design decisions off fer many ways to illustrate this process. We use an open dataset related to the United Nations Gender Inequality Index to demonstrate design decision points and their output. As governments are increasingly making data open to the public, and map-making tools and software are now more accessible online, these considerations are important both for those making and reading maps online.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData Visualization in society
EditorsM Engelbertsen, H Kennedy
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Pages407-424
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978 94 6372 290 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2020

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Ricker, B. A., Kraak, M. J., & von Engelhardt, Y. (2020). The power of visualization choices: Diffferent images of patterns in space. In M. Engelbertsen, & H. Kennedy (Eds.), Data Visualization in society (pp. 407-424). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463722902_CH24