#6 Geospatial Visualization

Geospatial visualization and analysis can change how we look at historical questions by allowing for questions and their answers to be shown up as maps, data graphs, etc. It encourages the readers and the audience to look at it from a different standpoint as it may ask a question that many might not have an answer to. That answer may just be data that is slowly being collected throughout the years. For example, have a data census and using a map showing darker areas having more heavily denser populations, unlike the very lighter areas. The scales can be changed over time. This can be related to slavery as you can show how enslaved people live in the south with a more dense color compared to the north being “free” and is lighter in color. You can use this throughout history and visualizing wars such as the American Civil War. It allows for patterns to be recognized and maps the interactions between the independent and dependent variables. Maps are used to present information in a simple, visual way. They can teach one about any and everything based on sizes, shapes, features, distances, and locations. Maps can be manipulated if not all the information is given. In the elections, you can use data from the previous president by stating the economy is dropping, however, that data turns out to be because of certain jobs on the decline. Titles can be deceiving, and the source can be an uneducated kid in a classroom. That is why it is important to look at where the visualization came from and who it was created by. How it’s information is distributed and that the title actually matches the data presented.

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