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Discover how geographers bring a unique perspective to presenting data in innovative and understandable ways.

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AI within a geospatial context

Steve Attewell has created an experimental map control system that uses hand gestures, voice recognition and artificial intelligence.

Mapping museums

Andrea Ballatore and Fiona Candlin used visualisations to better understand the spatial unevenness of the cultural sector across the UK.

Voting patterns and deprivation in the UK

Learn how Alasdair Rae created this visualisation showing the link between voting patterns and levels of deprivation in the UK after the 2019 general election.

Mapping glacial lake outburst flood exposure

We spoke to Caroline Taylor, PhD researcher at Newcastle University, about this visualisation mapping exposure to glacial lake outburst floods.

Priority places for food

We spoke to Peter Baudains about this visualisation displaying priority places for food.

Mapping visual exposure and desirable passive surveillance

We spoke to Collins Terkpetey-Hushie about this visualisation assessing privacy, including why and how it was made.

Child poverty in England

Dr Dianna Smith created a geovisualisation showing the risks of child poverty across England.

Disaster trade: garment production

Laurie Parsons discusses this visualisation showing the length and complexity of the supply chains that make the clothes that we use in the UK.

Local food insecurity in the UK

Dr Megan Blake, Dr Adam Whitworth and Dr Angelo Moretti created this visualisation, in collaboration with the Food Foundation, which illustrates UK-wide estimates of adult food insecurity at the local authority level.

Colour blind accessible mapping

Learn how Jessica Baker, Technical Relationship Consultant at Ordnance Survey, worked on a project offering colour blind accessible mapping as part of the OS Open Zoomstack product.

The human planet

Professor Benjamin Hennig created this visualisation which shows the Earth’s surface resized by its human population.

Messy maps

Dr Faith Taylor created this visualisation showcasing the less tangible aspects of flood resilience, such as social connections and a sense of place, in low-income communities.

Geography has never been more important in helping us to understand our rapidly changing world. 

Geographers bring a critical perspective and approach to interpreting and presenting data. They help make new connections between different types of data by interweaving spatial methods with knowledge about our world, and finding innovative and understandable ways to present it.

In this series of images, we look at the power of maps and geographical data visualisations for telling stories about our world. We explore the ways in which connecting data on people, places and environments underpins good decision-making and improves communication and understanding. In the interviews with the creators that accompany each image, we showcase the skills, data, techniques and tools used to tell these stories, and the insight they can bring.

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