Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pink0™'s First Retraction (World Freedom Atlas)

Awwwww SHIT! It's Pink0™'s First Retraction (World Freedom Atlas).

World Freedom Atlas looked bad ass ... At first. However, upon further inspection, it has come to my attention that this thing is fucking PIGSHIT.

Example: By selecting the 'Political Rights' checkbox, the map informs us that the most political freedom can be found in (in no particular order) US, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, et al. .

You get the idea... Capitalist™ Countries. :p

Created by the very talented Zach Johnson as a geographic visualization tool for exploring socio-economic and political data, the World Freedom Atlas is more than just an animated map (it's really a full-fledged visualization demo app). Zach was motivated to include numerous powerful yet underused data probing, graphing, and mapping tools. For example, the ability to create highly interactive difference maps (e.g., the difference between 2000 and 2005 data) that allows the user to brush these difference maps through time is very useful, as is the ability to create linked bivariate, multi-temporal choropleth maps. Freedom Atlas is also noteworthy for its ability to handle both quantitative and qualitative datasets with equal aplomb: qualitative data are often the really interesting datasets, but few mapping systems can handle these data.

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