Mapping Science as Art

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science is a 10 year competitive art exhibition which started in 2005.  The aim is to make scientific information more readily available to researchers, educators, industry, policy makers and/or the general public.

This year had 28 submissions. Most are diagrams rather than geographic maps, but a couple fit into the ‘geo’ remit of this blog.

Scientific Collaboration

Worldwide scientific collaborationThis map got quite a lot of heat on the web at the beginning of 2011. Based on data mined from research journals between 2005 and 2009 it shows collaborations between scientists around the world

If you’re getting a sense of deja vu, that’s because map creator Olivier H. Beauchesne was inspired by Paul Butler’s Facebook connections graphic.

Like similar maps it draws out the obvious – population density in wealthy countries – but also reveals some not so apparent details – such as the large number of collaborations between colonies and their ex-colonial rulers.  Either way it’s a beautiful visualization.

To see the global, full-sized image in high resolution check out Olivier’s website.

30 Years of Airline Travel

Series of maps showing global air passenger flows over 30 yearsIn a similar vein,  the Institute of Geography the University of Lausanne has produced a series of seven maps depicting the evolution of worldwide air passenger flows between 1980 and 2008.  By comparing the maps with one another you can see the remarkable increase in global traffic.

Apparently, the final project will include the growth in biggest airport cities, the proliferation of new airlines, and an animated video.

via wired


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