Magnificent maps – online

Good stuff, this – as part of their Magnificent Maps show (which opened today, and which I’ll hopefully get to next week), the British Library have put some key maps online, such as Stephen Walter’s wonderful The Island.

Personally, I think some of the BBC docs around the exhibition have been a bit low-powered. Good to see the British Library speaking directly to punters like this.

Nothing to see here, honest

From the always excellent  Strange Maps, this satirical 1940 map of Ireland designed to show the place in as grim a light as possible to discourage possible invaders. I’m wondering if a similar thing might be done about certain corporations to prevent people from wanting to work at them….

440 – Dissuasive Cartography: the Emerald Desert « Strange Maps.

359 – The Euro Invasion of France (2002)

Here’s something lovely from strangemaps: 359 – The Euro Invasion of France (2002)


This principle has given rise to a whole new discipline for statisticians to get excited about – euro-coin-analysis, thus observing the flow of money, thereby studying cross-border mobility and ultimately transnational economic ties. An early example of this discipline is this map, drawn up based on data collected in France in the crucial changeover year 2002.

The researchers asked over a million people to show them the change they had on them, counting how many coins were ‘foreign’ and where those came from (in 1992, the average French person carried 14 coins of change, incidentally). This study was published in the November 2002 issue of Population et Sociétés, the monthly newsletter of the INED (Institut national d’etudes demographiques) in Paris. This map charts the infiltration of Belgian, German and Spanish coins.

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