Human-scaled geovisualisation and society: An introduction to human cartographic techniques for the analysis of social and spatial inequalities
|Dates:||5 March 2015|
|Times:||14:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Workshop|
|Who is it for:||University staff|
|Speaker:||Dr Dimitris Ballas|
Booking for this event will commence at 9am 20 February.
This half-day workshop provides a general introduction of the state of the art in using geovisualisation in the social sciences, with particular emphasis (and hands-on computer lab practical experience) on the ways in which human area population cartograms can be used to visualize society.
The workshop introduces the predominant current trends in visualizing human populations and discusses in some detail the equal area cartogram methods (also known as density-equalizing maps), which typically re-size each area according to the variable being mapped. The workshop demonstrates how such methods can be used to visualise geographical data, with each spatial unit re-sized and re-shaped according to a particular variable. In this context, the workshop also highlights the societal implications of decisions to adopt a particular mapping and visualizing method. Several examples are given with regards to visualizing the “nation” and the “city”, also drawing on recent relevant work aimed at visualising Europe and its economy, culture, history and human and physical geography in terms of a single land mass (www.europemapper.org).
The workshop also includes a brief discussion of issues and problems that are inherent in visualizing human populations and outlines possible new areas of research that could improve existing approaches and ways of thinking.
Dr Dimitris Ballas
Organisation: The University of Sheffield
Travel and Contact Information
Humanities Bridgeford Street