Strange Maps features odd maps, often fictional. I like the site, especially for the inherent humor in some of the maps — and since it’s such a popular site among the more than 1 million WordPress weblogs, it’s clear others share my enthusiasm.
- Global map of energy security risks, from Maplecroft Maps. Click to go to the Maplecroft site and use the interactive version.
There are a lot of unstrange and beautiful maps based on reality, too, used to give a quick, graphic image to the brains of people working on serious problems. Maps guide policy makers, and illustrate geographical range of problems, and sometimes geographical causes and vulnerabilities.
Maps at this site cover a nearly complete range of issues that worry leaders of businesses and nations. I found the site looking for information about malaria.
Of special note is the wealth of information available from the interactive features. Clicking on nations or on symbols on the map provides details of issues the map covers; three tabs with the maps take the viewer of most of the maps to an extensive list of resources on the issue, and case studies, and analysis. These sources seem tailor made to help students doing geography projects.
Issue maps include disasters, malaria, child labor, climate change, poverty, land mine risk, political risk and a wide variety of others. You’ll need Macromedia Flash on your computer; there does not appear to be any way to download the maps, so you’ll need a live internet link to use these in class.
Information from these maps will be more current than any geography, history or economics book. Go see.
Maplecroft is a network of academic and business consultants. These maps are made to help their clients; Maplecroft’s description of the series is below the fold.
Maplecroft maps is a highly visual, web-based resource which contains detailed country information for over 200 states and maps key social, economic, environmental and political issues and their significance to business and society.
This innovative tool is designed to raise awareness amongst corporations, government and non-governmental organisations, academics, students and the general public of how an organisation’s operations interact with wider society, and how the risks and opportunities generated can be responsibly managed through stakeholder engagement and partnership.
For each specific issue, the map features:
A unique index – designed by Maplecroft, measuring the global distribution of risk and opportunity;
Country shading – illustrating the pervasiveness and risk ranking of the issue being mapped;
In-depth analysis – emphasising the importance of each issue and its impacts and significance to business and society in general;
Traffic light system – indicating whether the indicators relevant to the issue have increased, decreased or remained the same as in previous years;
Hotspots – highlighting endemic risk within a country in respect of specific issues;
Flashpoints – highlighting particular incidences of risk in respect of specific issues;
Spotlights on business engagement – highlighting engagement by business in respect of managing specific issues;
Case studies – positive and negative examples of how companies have managed the challenges that they have faced.
The interactive map tool itself is regularly updated with new features to make it easier and more enjoyable to use – learning must be a pleasure. New issues are added to the tool at regular intervals, as well as enhancements and updates to existing issues, adding depth by incorporating new research, data, case studies and policy developments as they become available.