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Digital Cartography [115]

Using interactive maps to tell stories and news reporting

October 21, 2015

The importance of oil money for ISIS; Chicago’s police department secretive Homan Square warehouse; a new platform mapping tech startups in London; planned parenthood in the USA. These are just some of the questions and issues tackled in this week’s “Digital Cartography”, thanks to the many outstanding interactive maps published in the past days. And yes, Back to the Future Day is very well represented here as well.

So let’s get started, first with the top highlights:

Inside Isis Inc: The journey of a barrel of oil | Financial Times

Isis controls most of Syria’s oil fields and crude is the militant group’s biggest single source of revenue. Here we follow the progress of a barrel of oil from extraction to end user to see how the Isis production system works, who is making money from it, and why it is proving so challenging to disrupt. Work by Erika Solomon, Robin Kwong and Steven Bernard.

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Inside Isis Inc: The journey of a barrel of oil
(image: Financial Times)

Homan Square | The Guardian US

After launching a transparency lawsuit, the Guardian US has forced the Chicago police department to disclose internal records. They help to tell the stories of thousands of detainees. These documents, still incomplete, provide the fullest scale yet of police detentions at Homan Square: the people, their race, their pickup locations and the charges. Great job by Spencer Ackerman, Zach Stafford and the Guardian US interactive team.

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Homan Square
(image: The Guardian US)

Tech Map London | City of London

Commissioned by the Mayor of London, this platform provides an unprecedentedly detailed picture of London’s science and technology sector. Through a combination of map visualizations, charts and tabular data, the platform reveals the massive contribution the sector makes to London’s economy. It showcases the sector’s impressive growth highlighting where businesses are based, where sectoral clusters are emerging and how fast firms are expanding. HT The Next Web.

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Tech Map London
(image: City of London)

 

And now, here are the remaining picks of the week:

Back to the Future Hill Valley | msnow7 on ArcGIS Online

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Back to the Future Hill Valley
(image: msnow7 on ArcGIS Online)

(Via Maps Mania)

Frightheist | Google Trends

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Frightheist
(image: Google Trends)

Planned Parenthood’s role in the family planning safety net | The Guardian US

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Planned Parenthood's role in the family planning safety net
(image: The Guardian US)

Every person in N.J., mapped by race | NJ Advance Media

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Every person in N.J., mapped by race
(image: NJ Advance Media)

Detroit’s blight elimination program | City of Detroit

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Detroit's blight elimination program
(image: City of Detroit)

(Via Maps Mania)

Pathways | National Geographic

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Pathways
(image: National Geographic)

Oilslick | Drew Roos

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Oilslick
(image: Drew Roos)

(Via Maps Mania)

Europe’s Diesel Pollution Problem | The Wall Street Journal

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Europe’s Diesel Pollution Problem
(image: The Wall Street Journal)

Merging public services in Brittany | Le Télégramme

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Merging public services in Brittany
(image: Le Télégramme)

The Soccer Voronoi Map | Guus Hoekman

Partial screen capture of the interactive map The Soccer Voronoi Map
(image: Guus Hoekman)

(Via Maps Mania)

From Fracking to Finance, a Torrent of Campaign Cash | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map From Fracking to Finance, a Torrent of Campaign Cash
(image: The New York Times)

Crime rates in US cities | LawStreet

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Crime rates in US cities
(image: LawStreet)

Eurostat Statistical Atlas | Eurostat

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Eurostat Statistical Atlas
(image: Eurostat)

Canada’s Federal Election Results | The Chronicle Herald

Partial screen capture of the interactive map Canada's Federal Election Results
(image: The Chronicle Herald)

 

That’s it for today’s Digital Cartography, but feel free to browse through hundreds of interactive maps on Pinterest. And we’ll be back next week!

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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