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Why Map Projections Matter

This is a clip from the TV show West Wing (Season 2-Episode 16) where cartography plays a key role in the plot.  In this episode the fictitious (but still on Facebook) group named "the Organization of Cartographers for Social Justice" is campaigning to have the President officially endorse the Gall-Peters Projection in schools and denounce the Mercator projection.  The argument being that children will grow up thinking some places are not as important because they are minimized by the map projection.  While a bit comical, the cartographic debate is quite informative even if it was designed to appear as though the issue was trivial. 


Questions to Ponder:  Why do map projections matter?  Is one global map projection inherently better than the rest?  


Tags: Mapping, geospatial, video, visualization. 

Lydia Blevins's comment, September 13, 2012 6:17 AM
I think it is very important that we start using more accurate maps. In school, the maps we use are so different from how the world actually is. I agree that children will grow up thinking some places are less important because they are minimized by the map projection.
Greg Atkinson's comment, October 10, 2012 12:31 PM
Great clip. I use it in my WRG class as a comedic introduction to the power of projection.
Mary Patrick Schoettinger's curator insight, December 18, 2012 3:01 PM

This absolutely the best video clip for SS teachers EVER!

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Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.

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Leigh Nataro: What happens if you guess?

Published on Aug 31, 2012 by TEDEducation
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Will it rain tomorrow? How likely is your favorite team to win the Super Bowl? Questions like these are answered through the mathematics of probability. Watch this artistic visualization of your odds of passing a test if you don't know any of the answers.

Lesson by Leigh Nataro, animation by Matthew Saunders.
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TwitPic For Android Released - Official Google Play Download Link | Geeky Android - News, Tutorials, Guides, Reviews On Android

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If you are a die hard instagram fan, you should definitely give twitpic a try and compare both the apps. The reviews however clearly say that twitpic cannot compete with instagram and that instagram is much more user friendly and easy to use app for android. It has always been a war in between applications when it comes to gaining popularity in Android. If the application is simple enough for the user to understand and powerful enough to manage all tasks, then it has high potential and there are much chances of that app being selected by majority.  Twitpic Google Play Description

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