World Map: Internet Freedom

A world map about the internet freedom in 2013, which based on the report from Freedom House, has been created and published online.

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Form the map, we can see that Middle East remain significantly not free, with Iran and Syria leading that list, while the United States, Australia, several European countries are marked as free. See if you are agree with the data and share your idea to us.

World Map: Road Kills across the Globe

Deaths caused by road accidents has already reached 1.24 million per year across the globe, and it will triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030, and road accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death in the developing countries, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study. Here is an interactive world map that annotating roads kill percentage in each country, and detailed statistic chart can be seen when mouseover the regions, and full story can be seen when mouse click the markers.

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Here are some highlights from the report and the map:

  • New York City, U.S., has made great strides in reducing traffic fatalities with its streets among the safest in the road.
  • Sweden is the industrialized country with the lowest roads kill.
  • Dramatically increased numbers of new drivers and vehicles on the road is the main course for the high road fatalities rate in Russia.
  • In Egypt, people died in road traffic crashes every year exceed the toll of those who died in the revolution.
  • In Liberia, 66% road fatalities were among pedestrians, which was the worst record among African countries.
  • The Dominican Republic is the most dangerous place to drive in the Americas, with nearly 42 fatalities per 100,000 in population.
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has the worst driving record in the Middle East, with 34 deaths per 100,000 in population.
  • In the past, people in Nigeria can buy a driving license even you have not taken driving lessons and passed a test, so it is not surprising with the high roads kill percentage.
  • Philippines has just passed a new drunk driving law earlier in 2013, but fails to establish a legal blood alcohol content level for intoxication, and let’s see if roads kill can be reduced.

 

By the way, we find this world map very informative, which is not complicated to create.  First, you can easily find a world map template with all regions on the website, and then add mouseover information box, which text content, table and images, and external links can be inserted, to related regions. Finally, you can create heat map with map legend to indicate the road kills percentage in various countries.

Here is a video tutorial about creating heat map, and you can also create an informative world map that similar to the above one in few steps:

Circular Rail Maps for Sydney and Melbourne

A London designer, Maxwell Roberts, has prepared schematic maps for rail systems in Sydney and Melbourne based on the geometry of concentric circles.
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Maxwell Roberts is a London psychologist who has created a series of circular schematics of transit systems in various cities, including London, New York, Berlin, and Tokyo. Maxwell was surprised the amount of cities can be fitted to the design rules and the results are often spectacular from an aesthetic point of view.

We have introduced a London tube map with attractions before that we can find that tube / transit system maps can be used in various way with different designs. You may now utilizing your city’s transit system maps (e.g. metro maps, bus maps, train maps) to create your personalized maps for particular use.

Multi-level World Map: World Unemployment Rate in 2012

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) report that was released this month, we have created a multi-level world map to display the unemployment situation across the world in 2012. Click on the continent, and then select the countries to see the details.

We simply took the unemployment data to create the maps, and you can get more details from the full report. The maps just give you a glimpse about the status of the labor market, which cannot reflect the full economic picture of the country as other elements are also needed for the consideration, e.g. GDP, consumer price index (CPI), political situation.

Overall, we can still discover the rapid economic growth in Asia, especially China and South Korea, where had lower unemployment rate with higher GDP.

Meanwhile, we should pay attention to Spain and Italy due to the hazardous unemployment rate.

Interactive World Map: Countries that are Most and Least Welcoming to Foreigners

A heat map about the most and least welcoming counties to foreigners, which according to the result in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 by World Economic Forum (WEF), has been posted on internet. According to the data, the top three most welcoming countries for foreigners are Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) is based on three broad categories of variables that facilitate or drive travel & tourism competitiveness. The three main categories are:

  1. Travel & Tourism regulatory framework subindex
  2. Travel & Tourism business environment and infrastructure subindex
  3. Travel & Tourism human, cultural, and natural resources subindex

Each of the above categories is composed in turn by a number of pillars of Travel & Tourism competitiveness, and there are:

  • policy rules and regulations
  • environmental sustainability
  • safety and security
  • health and hygiene
  • prioritization of travel & tourism
  • air transport infrastructure
  • ground transport infrastructure
  • tourism infrastructure
  • ICT infrastructure
  • price competitiveness in the Travel & Tourism industry
  • human resources
  • affinity for travel & tourism
  • natural resources
  • cultural resources

The WEF gathered the data from late 2011 through late 2012 by asking respondents, “How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?” And some people have pointed out several interesting points from the result:

  • Why South Korea ranks so low?
  • Why Yemen ranks above Sweden and Belgium?
  • Why Denmark, a rich Western European country, ranks much lower than its neighbors?

These are interesting questions that are valuable for further discussion.
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Besides the above heat map, we have created an interactive one to showcase the TTCI report, and you can find more information by mouse over several regions (e.g. Switzerland, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, France)