Tag Archives: Data

40 Maps That Will Help You Understand the World


Twister Sifter is carrying a great compilation of maps with some extra information on them. Several of them have been featured on this blog before, but not even close to all of them. I particularly like the map above, showing the most common surnames by country in Europe, and the one below, which shows where different writing systems are used around the world. For both, click to embiggen.


40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World   [TwisterSifter]


Fish in the Sea

The above graphic shows the decline in fish stocks in the North Atlantic Ocean over the course of the 20th Century:

It’s hard to imagine the damage over-fishing is wrecking on the oceans. The effects are literally invisible, hidden deep in the ocean. But there is data out there. And when you visualise it, the results are shocking.

This image shows the biomass of popularly-eaten fish in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1900 and in 2000. Popularly eaten fish include: bluefin tuna, cod, haddock, hake, halibut, herring, mackerel, pollock, salmon, sea trout, striped bass, sturgeon, turbot. Many of which are now vulnerable or endangered.

Dr Villy Christensen and his colleagues at the University Of British Columbia used ecosystem models, underwater terrain maps, fish catch records and statistical analysis to render the biomass of Atlantic fish at various points this century (see the study)

Plenty More Fish in the Sea?   [InformationisBeautiful]

Deaths in Iraq Visualized

This visualisation, created by Kamel Makhloufi, shows the total number of deaths in Iraq due to the war. Each pixel represents a death.The bright blue are U.S. soldiers.  The green are Iraqi troops.  The gray at the bottom are enemies. The orange are civilians.

The graph on the left, labelled with a sigma, shows the totals over the course of the war. The one on the right shows them as a function of time.


Famous Movie Quotes

This is a really cool set of famous movie quotes shown as graphs and charts. Can you figure them all out?


Visualizing the Petabyte Age

This great infographic helps visualize the sheer amount of data being thrown around nowadays. The rest of it is after the jump, because it’s looooong.

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13 500 Pages on a Nickel

Looks like a skyscraper

That’s what the Rosetta Disk looks like up close. It’s part of the Rosetta Project. The Rosetta Disk has 13 500 pages of data in 1 500 languages etched onto a disk the size of a nickel. It takes a 500x magnification microscope to read it. Here’s the whole disk:


[via Gizmodo]