Data Visualization

Published on November 5th, 2014 | by Joshua New


Visualizing Africa With Datasets

AfricaMap, a project of Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis, compiles contemporary and historical data to let users visualize Africa from a variety of dimensions, including ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, political, industrial, and environmental perspectives. The map allows users to layer visual interpretations of datasets from a wide variety of publicly available databases over satellite imagery pulled from Google Earth. AfricaMap also plots historical data such as logs from slaving ships, trade routes, conflict sites, and ethnographic data shifts over time. The project was created in an effort to establish mapping resources and information enjoyed by more developed continents like Europe and North America that are substantially lacking in Africa, as well as to promote cross-discipline collaboration.

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About the Author

Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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