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Maps and Datasets

"Like any source, a map of a place tells us as much about the prejudices, level of knowledge and priorities of the people who wrote it as it does about the place itself." Sweerts, E., & Cavanagh, M. (2004). Plotting maps and mapping minds: What can maps tell us about the people who made them? Teaching History, (116), 21-26.

Culture, History, Literature

Writers and storytellers have been using maps to illustrate their literary creations for as long as humans have been telling tales. Using a stick in the sand, paint on cave walls, pen and vellum or the latest mapping software: story tellers enhance their tales with visuals of what their fictitious universe looks like or where their fictitious characters roam in the 'real world'.  

Business and Government

Maps can be used to illustrate data, may have a role in propaganda and are often used to make political statements. So take the time to comprehend and interpret the maps that you use.

Medicine and Public Health

Medical practitioners using mapping technologies to plot the health and welfare of diverse populations. From hand drawn Typhoid maps depicting the disease mapping in the early 20th century to digital maps showing the spread of physician services in the developing world: maps are crucial tools in tracking disease management.

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