Say Hey To Amazing-Er Maps!
There’s lots of maps on the internet. The idea behind this project is to improve, to give people a forum to show how they might display the same information. Anyone can contribute under a common set of guidelines:
- See a map on the internet
- Find and open the data or source
- Create and share the new map
Pretty simple. And because it’s on GitHub, the repository can be an evolving directory of open data and resources. That also means the process can change or improve as needed.
What it’s not is a jab at the original map maker. It’s a way for anyone to see a map of economic activity in the US and improve that map based on their knowledge of data visualization, or economic geography, for example.
It’s soooo easy to make an interactive map with current technology, and that gives the map viewer all that extra information on a mouse hover. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE making paper maps.
I’ve created some examples to explain the idea behind Amazing-Er Maps further. Within the repository you can comment (please comment), suggest (please suggest), ask (please ask), and contribute (please contribute). And if you need help, just ask!
It’s also nice to hear what some of my favorite cartographers and map friends are saying about Amazing-er Maps
Great idea from @jonahadkins: Amazing-Er-Maps, improving “amazing” (bad) maps on the internet instead of complaining https://t.co/7m1dLHgAlG — Andy Woodruff (@awoodruff)
I love this! Amazing-er maps started by @jonahadkins. https://t.co/RhvIRG8jKm — Gretchen Peterson (@PetersonGIS)
Attn cartographers: @jonahadkins has created an opportunity to fix the bad! https://t.co/RA2b8bXbdB — Stephanie May (@mizmay)
Correcting #cartofails head on… Hope it encourages fewer at source too RT @jonahadkins Idea To Improve [bad maps] http://t.co/qAfnNCMRQr — Kenneth Field (@kennethfield)
Thanks, Jonah (@jonahadkins)