The use of cartograms for BGS data and information representation

Cartwright, C.E.; Holbrook, H.W.. 2013 The use of cartograms for BGS data and information representation. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 33pp. (IR/13/052) (Unpublished)

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Cartograms are shown to be superior to both choropleth maps and bar charts, as they are designed to deliver geospatial statistics effectively and efficiently. This report presents the results of research in establishing the potential for the use of area cartograms for science information delivery. The research involved establishing an overview of all the types of cartogram used; noting the types of data used in their creation and identifying similar sources of data that may prove appropriate for use in cartograms. Test examples were created and presented along with an evaluation as to their effectiveness and efficiency in communicating spatially orientated datasets. The work was carried out as part of the Data Representation and Presentation project for the Geospatial Capture and Solutions team. This forms part of a wider research project investigating new ways in which BGS can display science and information more effectively to a broad range of audiences.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Report made open by author in January 2018. This item has been internally reviewed, but not externally peer-reviewed.
Date made live: 16 Feb 2018 10:16 +0 (UTC)

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