Thursday, January 17, 2013

Atlas-t! Online Cartograms Made Easy

'Cartogrammar' is a website service for creating cartograms - maps which distort the scale of a regular map to reflect one or more important statistical facts about the areas depicted. Funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has helped in the creation of an online tool for making statistical mapping accessible and easy to use. Some interesting results can also be yielded from the site in the creation of interesting and colourful images which bear some semblance to countries on the world atlas. 

The new Cartogrammar website is capable of uploading data supplied by users to present a version of a map in accordance with that data. A gallery of cartograms which have been contributed by others for public use, are available to view or download for free. Those interested, will be pleased to note that free user registration is all that is required to make full use of the website's functions including the ability to create your own bespoke cartograms. A user guide and some sample data files are available on the website to help you get started.