Bloggage update: Geocurrents.info posted an interesting item on UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) list. I suggested that their otherwise lovely static maps could be augmented via dynamic maps. They're not computer mappers, so I pointed them to Google Fusion Tables as the simplest way to post simple aggregate maps by country.
Do the raw count of WHS however reflect various countries' interest in preserving heritage, or rather the sheer size of population? Consolidating the WHS counts by class and merging the UN population and World Bank area data shows that WHS proportions even out when normalised against area, and even reverse against population density.
These very simple maps from data by country show a variety of ways data can be easily linked and posted in order to enhance static maps. Research data are often far more varied than single maps can portray – however beautifully – and simple web mapping techniques described here can enhance their scope. As maps are important political and policy tools, the ability to easily portray data in as many ways as possible is critical