Tuesday April 15, 2014



Maps can be very powerful as a tool in data visualization.

This map "Forced labour in Amazonia" shows the correlation between 2 data-sets: location of rescued slaves and areas suffering from deforestation.

It reinforces the relationship between expansion of agriculture, social degradation and devastation of the environment.

(Source: Google Maps Mania)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in MAPS/ATLAS on Tuesday Apr 15, 2014  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share
Thursday April 10, 2014

World report on child labour: economic vulnerability, social protection and the fights against child labour was published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2013.

This new report says that social protection can play a key role in the fight against child labour, which currently affects some 215 million children worldwide. The study reviews relevant research on how different types of social protection can help combat child labour.

These include cash transfer schemes, social health protection and income security in old age.

(Source the ILO)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in GOVERNMENT INFORMATION on Thursday Apr 10, 2014  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share
Monday March 03, 2014



The 1932 atlas of the historical geography of the United States, by Charles O. Paullin, has been digitized and is available freely online by the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab.

Over eighty years after it was originally published, Charles O. Paullin’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States remains one of the most impressive and most useful atlases of American history. Containing nearly 700 individual maps spread across 166 plates, it addresses a broad range of issues. Beginning with a chapter consisting of 33 maps on the natural environment and a second containing 47 maps documenting the evolution of European and later American cartographic knowledge about North America, the atlas mapped an exhaustive number of historical topics: exploration and settlement of the continent, the location of colleges and churches, disputes over international and state boundaries, voting in presidential elections and in Congress, reforms from women’s suffrage to workmen’s compensation, transportation, industries, agriculture, commerce, the distribution of wealth, and military history.

This atlas is also available in print, located in MADGIC, on the 1st floor of the MacOdrum Library.

(Source: Canadian Cartographic Association)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in MAPS/ATLAS on Monday Mar 03, 2014  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share

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