Just got an email from Michael of the Ottawa County, Michigan GIS office. He pointed out their online election mapping of results as they are submitted. There will be a map for each race to show how each precinct falls in the county. I am sure there are a couple of other groups doing this, I just haven’t heard about it yet…If you know of a good election mapping site be sure to add it to the comments.
Hot off the press is the new Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections 1788-2004, by J. Clark Archer, Stephen J. Lavin, Kenneth C. Martis, and Fred M. Shelley. It is so new, in fact, that it is not even available on the publisher’ site (CQPress) or Amazon yet, but we had a chance to sit down with Kenneth C. Martis today, who just happens to be a distinguished Geography faculty at our own university, WVU.
Dr. Martis kindly provided us with his own advance copy of the book for a little while to preview it. The book combines summaries of each presidential election, including major candidates, percentage of popular and electoral college vote, and a brief written discussion of the issues and results of the elections. But what really sets it apart are the maps, of course. The atlas includes 55 color map themes to cover each election, with popular vote mapped to the county level and the electoral vote at state level. Dr. Martis’ previous work, including historical atlases of U.S. Congressional Districts and political parties in Congress, have become seminal works in the field of U.S. electoral geography.
It should be available for purchase shortly, and we will update you with links. For those interested in U.S. political geography, the Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections is definitely a book you should check out.
An interesting milestone is about to happen in the US. Somewhere on or about October 17th, the US population will have surpased 300,000,000 people. The US is the third most populous country on the planet (behind China and India). The last big milestone was 200 million, which we hit in 1967, and then 100 million back in 1915. So our rate of increase is, well, increasing. Of course there’s no way to know for certain if October 17th is the lucky day, but its a safe bet by years end, we’ll have hit lucky number 3 million!
With the Iraq war very current for the US, especially in the media, it sometimes helps to take a bit of an historical view of the region. Simply put, the Middle East has been in claimed by lots of different empires in the last 5,000 years. Luckily for those with a tenuous grasp of the history of the region, the good folks at Maps of War have put together this handy flash map! It shows all the empires that have claimed the region in the last 5,000 years. It’s a rather impressive display that I think puts some of today’s tensions in historical context. In the US (and elsewhere for that matter), we like to think of the “Middle East” as one big homogenous region. The map shows that the region has been subjugated to lots of different, and often contentious, cultural and political forces.
SoundAboutPhilly is a project, funded in part by the Pew Charitable Trusts, to generate podcast tour guide for lesser known areas of Philadelphia, historical tours, and other special topics. According to the website, the podcast tours are given by “real” Philadelphians. The tours are available via downolad or can be streamed from the website. The tours are linked to a dynamic mapping application and other media such as photos.
There are a few projects out there like SoundAboutPhilly, and I think many more will be on the way. It really offers the chance for multiple perspectives about places, and can be really fun and informative even for people who aren’t planning to visit.
I don’t know, but now I can find out. The UK is continuing their trend of putting old stuff up online by placing 100 years of telephone books online. The books are from 1880 through 1984 (the year of BT’s privatization). Nominally its for genealogists to be able to find their ancestors, but it would be interesting to use the data to track British citizen movements over 100 years. Right now they’re focusing on getting London up on the site, but they hope to have all of the UK up by end of next year.
I wonder if the old phone books include the colonies as well?
One of our listeners, Elaine, let us know about a radio series called Australia On The Map. The first program in this series, The Siren South, looks at early Dutch exploration and mapping of the Australian coastline. Since I am interested in historical geography, I am going to check it out as soon as I get a chance.
You can listen to or download the program from Australia’s ABC Radio National website
Here’s an intersting photo series about an abandoned town in Russia. The pictures are pretty interesting, especially when you consider this place was probably occupied less than 20 years ago. Now it’s a veritable ghost town of the Cold War. I thought it was a pretty stark example of the after effects of localized human migration.
Princeton University and the University of Washington have a joint project going called the Mapping Globalization Project, which uses maps, narratives, and other data to look at some of the aspects of globalization, including global trade networks and migration.
One of the main components of the project is the use of NetMap Analytics to explore “ways to visualize international trade as a network. Network maps can often seem like nothing more than random lines, but using the technology developed by NetMap Analytics, we have developed some techniques for exploring contemporary trade visually.”
The site is organized as a wiki, with links to the maps and other data analyses that make up the Mapping Globalization Project.
The current issue of ArcNews has an article from AAG Executive Director, Doug Richardson, on an initiative to link Humanities and Geography. As you may have noted this is high on the to do list as part of our day job for Sue and I. We are in fact in the early stages (read that as writing grants) of a Virtual Center for Humanities in Geographic Information Science (I hope to get some work on the web site in the near future) with Trevor Harris (WVU), John Corrigan (USF), and David Bodenhammer (Polis Centre) as the primary investigators. There are others connected to the center including a relationship with UVA, who, to pull this back to the original topic, will be hosting the Humanities and Geography conference in the summer of 2007. For those of you who have an interest in Humanities and Geography definitely check out the conference and let us know about your project so that we can link to you.