Geographic Knowledge in Freebase

Description This map shows the global distribution of geo-located entities described in Freebase, a collaborative knowledge base that defines itself as “an open shared database of the world’s knowledge”. Data […]

Open Data Index

Description This interactive bar chart visualizes the “openness” of countries in terms of the availability of open datasets in a range of sectors. The “openness” metrics are all described in […]

The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia

Description This map points out the highly uneven spatial distribution of (geotagged) Wikipedia articles in 44 language versions of the encyclopaedia. Slightly more than half of the global total of […]

Geographic intersections of languages in Wikipedia

This graph illustrate the percentage of geo-referenced articles in the twenty editions of Wikipedia containing the larges number of geo-referenced articles.

World-wide news web

This map depicts mentions of multiple places in news articles between 1979 and 2013. Brighter lines indicate more connections between places.

Mapping the Times Higher Education’s top-400 universities

This map depicts the locations of the world’s top 400 universities as ranked by the Times Higher Education. It also illustrates the relative wealth of the country that hosts each university.

Information Imbalance: Africa on Wikipedia

This visualization plots the number of Wikipedia articles about every country in Africa in order to show an important facet of their online visibility.

The geographic focus of world media

This graphic illustrates the number of events listed in the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone, from January 1979 until August 5th, 2013. The database is a compiled from stories in media outlets from almost every country on Earth.

Mapping the GeoNames Gazetteer

This visualization illustrates the density of place names listed in the GeoNames, the largest freely available gazetteer (i.e., a dictionary of geographic place names) covering the globe.

Academic Knowledge and Language

This graphic visualises the role that language plays within the reproduction of academic knowledge in scientific journals. This visualisation segments academic journals by language and country and shades each country by the average impact factor of the journals published within it.

Academic Knowledge and Publishers

This series of graphics depicts the control of academic journals in the Web of Knowledge index by publishers. Mapping academic publishers allows us to understand the geography of who controls the printing and dissemination of academic knowledge.

Literacy and Gender

Literacy is an often overlooked factor in examining the flows, production and consumption of knowledge. This map visualises overall literacy rates and rates of literacy by gender around the world.

The Location of Academic Knowledge

The production and publication of academic knowledge has distinct geographies. This graphic visualises the locations of academic journals listed in Thompson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge: the most important and influential collection of academic content.

The World’s Newspapers

The importance and visibility of traditional media is often overlooked. This map visualises the world’s 100 largest newspapers as well as the number of physical papers printed daily in each country.