Communicating World Data: World Mapper

By October 7, 2007 No Comments

Currently being shown at the Third International Conference for E-Social Science is World Mapper – World Mapper is a collaborative project from the University of Sheffield contains 366 unique views of the world.

The image below is indicative of the project detailing population:

In Spring 2000 world population estimates reached 6 billion; that is 6 thousand million. The distribution of the earth’s population is shown in this map.

India, China and Japan appear large on the map because they have large populations. Panama, Namibia and Guinea-Bissau have small populations so are barely visible on the map.

Population is very weakly related to land area. However, Sudan which is geographically the largest country in Africa, has a smaller population than Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Tanzania.

Take a look at the World Mapper site


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.