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Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. This newsfeed brings you the latest from Worldmapper.

Copyright: (c) Copyright SASI Group (University of Sheffield)
Worldmapper: Please note that the Worldmapper archive kept on the University of Sheffield servers ( will not be updated and is a repository of the initial Worldmapper platform launched in 2006. The pages under this address remain as they are. If there is a relaunch of Worldmapper in an updated and enhanced form, it will go online under our main address at, so make sure to bookmark that main address if you want to make sure to always see the most recent version of the website.

A Military World
Worldmapper: An update to the military expenditure data shows the most recent statistics by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in a cartogram -

On the grid: Worldmapper and beyond
Worldmapper: How did the Worldmapper maps evsolve over the last years - an overview:

The Worldmapper Rainbow
Worldmapper: A blog post explains the colours of the Worldmapper maps -

World Map of Organic Agriculture
Worldmapper: A paper published in the European Journal of Social Sciences introduces a cartogram of global organic agriculture practices

World Population Cube
Worldmapper: Print and assemble a cubic globe showing a gridded world population cartogram

Global Publishing Markets
Worldmapper: A new map of global publishing markets is featured in a report by the International Publishers Association:

2012 Paralympic and Olympic Medal maps
Worldmapper: A new map animation shows the medal counts at the 2012 Paralympic and Olympic games in comparison:

Global Spaces of Food Production
Worldmapper: A new map series shows the distribution of global agricultural lands and their relation to water insecurity:

Athletes at the 2012 Paralympicss
Worldmapper: We took a closer look at where the participants of the 2012 London Paralympics come from:

Olympic World(s) 1896-2012
Worldmapper: A cartogram-series visualising all-time statistics from the Olympic Games:

An inspired generation: London 2012 athletes
Worldmapper: We took a closer look at where the participants of the 2012 London Olympics come from:

An inspired generation: London 2012 athletes
Worldmapper: We took a closer look at where the participants of the 2012 London Olympics come from:

A year of crises: Global refugee trends
Worldmapper: UNHCR has published its latest global refugee trends report which we used to update our maps of the topic:

Finding the Final Fifth: Inequalities in immunisation
Worldmapper: A new report by Save the Children identifies the final fifth of unimmunised children and why they aren’t being reached. Worldmapper contributed some of the maps featured in the report, highlighting the prevailing inequalities in access to health care across the globe:

German exports 1991-2011
Worldmapper: For the German magazine AKTIV we took a closer look at the changing shares of exports from Germany between 1991 and 2011 using Worldmapper cartograms:

Mapping the Anthropocene
Worldmapper: As part of a Plenary Speech at the AAG Annual Conference in New York City we showed a new map that has been made in collaboration with the Globaia project. Aim of the project is a new cartography of the Anthropocene, which stands for the considerable impact of humans on the environment since industrialisation started. The wWorldmapper-version of Globaia's signature map shows some of the key elements of human interaction on the planet as an equal population projection:

A Lonely Planet
Worldmapper: Mapping the remotest places on Earth:

British News of the World 2011
Worldmapper: We have mapped the distribution of news items published on the Guardian website in 2011. They show, which countries were most talked about on the newspaper's website in the last year:

Material Flows
Worldmapper: We have teamed up with to create a series of cartograms that visualise the shares and dimensions of global resource exploitation:

Landmine deaths
Worldmapper: We have mapped the casualties from the recently published Landmine Monitor 2011 report showing the global distribution of deaths from mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and cluster submunition:

Nuclear Planet
Worldmapper: An updated version of map showing the global distribution of nuclear weapons is now available at

Gridded Cartograms
Worldmapper: The results from the Leverhulme-funded PhD research on the improvement of the worldmapper cartogram-techniques are now accessible online:

Changing populations
Worldmapper: A new cartogram animation shows the changing population distribution in the world from 1950 to 2100:

Open Access Week 2011
Worldmapper: We have mapped the proposed activities for this year's Open Access Week:

Public Debt Levels
Worldmapper: We have mapped the public debt levels around the world:

US Foreign Debt
Worldmapper: We have mapped the US foreign debt data released by the US Treasury:

Maps for the 21st Century
Worldmapper: This overview demonstrates some examples for further applications of the gridded world population cartogram:

The World of Children
Worldmapper: The full picture of where the world's children (ages under 5) are, and how they relate to our previously published map of malnutrition amongst that age group:

Hungry Children
Worldmapper: Following the famine in Africa we have published a gridded cartogram of the distribution of undernourished children in the world:

World Population Day
Worldmapper: The new Worldmapper Population Cartogram shows the latest population estimates and includes the new country of South Sudan:

South Sudan Population Cartogram
Worldmapper: We updated our population map of Sudan to show the now independent south:

Seeing the world through British eyes
Worldmapper: We mapped the amount of factual programs on British television for a media report by the IBT:

Mapping the Arab World
Worldmapper: Putting the people of the Arab League on the map:

Mapping Megacities
Worldmapper: We published a new population cartogram showing the world's largest cities in 2015:

Shifting Economies of the European Union
Worldmapper: A series of cartograms explains the shifting economic power within the European Union:

The Human Shape of the Planet
Worldmapper: We created a new map collage of the world population atlas:

World Malaria Day
Worldmapper: In collaboration with UNICEF we created an updated version of the map of Malaria Deaths:

Capital Punishment
Worldmapper: We mapped Amnesty International's data about capital punishment practices from their latest report on the state of death penalty:

Visualising Global Earthquake Intensity
Worldmapper: We used earthquake data from over 4000 years to map the global earthquake intensity in relation to today's world population distribution:

International Year of Forests
Worldmapper: The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests (IYF). Worldmapper mapped the forest distribution, forest gains and forest losses look on a global scale for an article in the Natural Inquirer, a school science educational journal:

Social and Spatial Inequalities as a Podcast
Worldmapper: The SaSI Research Group created a new audio podcast from our lectures, talks and radio clips. The full audio archive and all future updates can be accessed vie the Sasi Podcast Homepage and is also available in iTunes:

Re-Mapping the Winter
Worldmapper: Showing data from global temperature anomalies using our new gridded cartogram technique provides an interesting view of the last winter weather:

Visualisations of a World in Crisis
Worldmapper: The financial crisis keeps on affecting policy making and the economy. A Sasi presentation shows, how visualisations can help to understand the crisis:

An updated picture of Open Access
Worldmapper: Following up the Open Access Africa 2010 conference in Nairobi/Kenya Rania Baleela and Pablo de Castro Martín have created a presentation the global development of Open Access. We created a map for their work:

The world in 2010 as seen in British media
Worldmapper: A map of the most-covered countries on the British Guardian news website shows a review of what was important in 2010 from a British (media) perspective:

Mapping the global increase of wealth
Worldmapper: Economic prospects have dominated the business news in 2010. Using latest IMF estimates and UN GDP figures we have created a map showing the expected GDP growth around the world:

Negotiating climate change: The delegation sizes of Cancún
Worldmapper: We have created new material for the climate change summit in Cancún with a map of the COP16 delegate sized and updated CO2 emission maps:

Mapping a (un)happy humanity: A new perspective on our planet's well-being
Worldmapper: Amid the recession, happiness and well-being found their way back into public debate. We have re-drawn the map of the Happy Planet Index:

Change has come...again: Mapping the US midterm elections
Worldmapper: We have created a a map of the election results to the House of Representatives in the latest US election. The new map is reprojected according to the populationdistribution, thus giving a clearer picture of the real vote share:

How to create gridded cartograms: Mapping Israelis and Palestines in the Middle East
Worldmapper: We have created a new slideshow as a tutorial explaining the basic steps for creating a gridded population cartogram of a specific area (as in our World Population Atlas). The slideshow is on the Sasi Slideshare account and can be accessed via the following link:

Global Water Stress Levels Re-Mapped
Worldmapper: A new article from Nature discusses the stress levels of human water sources. The maps shown in there have been re-mapped by worldmapper using the gridded cartogram technique. The new maps and links to the article can be found here:

Mapping Pakistan's Population
Worldmapper: We have drawn a new population map of Pakistan, showing the topography at which people live along the River Indus

Worldmapper reference maps
The following website gives an overview of some basic map projections and shows some more maps as additional worldmapper references:

"Pillen und Pipetten"
Pills and Pipettes is the title of a newly published book accompanying an exhibition about the chemical and pharmaceutical industry at the German Musum of Technology, Berlin. The chapter on rare diseases includes some worldmapper maps and has been kindly permitted to be published on our website. The document can be downloaded in the news section of our website:

Water|Craft released
Worldmapper has made some contribution to the latest release of the Urban Infill series by the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (see their website here: The book Water|Craft has just been released and is available for purchase on Amazon:

Worldmapper Tunes
Worldmapper maps illustrating the song Money by N.A.S.A. feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip (Grant Phabao Remix). Watch the Worldmapper Video Edition of Money at

Worldmapping the Football Worldcup
Worldmapper showing the some football worldcup statistics and South Africa at

Mapping the British General Election 2010
Worldmapper: We have produced a series of maps on the outcome of yesterday's General Election in Britain. The maps are online at

True Stories of Fake Things
Worldmapper is collaborating with Sheffield-based performance group Third Angel on the project What I Heard About The World. The show will premiere in Sheffield in autumn 2010 an then tour on to Portugal. Further dates in 2011. More information can also be found on the Third Angel blog at

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession
Worldmapper is featured in the second part of the BBC series Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession. The second part Spirit of the Age is now available via the iPlayer on (please note that it is available to UK users only, and also just for a limited time).

Preparing for Peak Population: How the UK fits within world demography
Worldmapper: Preparing for Peak Population: How the UK fits within world demography. Audio-multimedia slideshow of Danny Dorling's talk at the Royal Commission:

World's external debt
Worldmapper: Here is a new map of the world's external debt:

Olympics revisited
Worldmapper: Another map on the Olympics shows the results of the Paralympics which ended in Vancouver yesterday evening:

Happy St. Patrick's Day
Worldmapper: We have created a new population map of the Island of Ireland in the style of the latest worldmapper country cartograms:

Vancouver Olympics: Where did all the precious metal go?
Worldmapper: We created a worldmapper map from the current distribution of the Olympic medals. More at

Worldmapper for Kids
Worldmapper: We created a slideshow that aims at making the worldmapper maps more understandable to our younger viewers. The presentation is online at Slideshare and we recommend downloading the original file to see all the nice little animations building up on the slides:

Re-Mapping the World's Population
Worldmapper: A new slideshow illustrates a technical paper presented at last year's ESRI UC in San Diego, explaining the creation of our gridded country cartograms:

Mapas del mon at Balearic Schools
Worldmapper: The exhibition Worldmapper has launched its foray into the Balearic schools and has been warmly welcomed by teachers and pupils. Two documents from this event are available for download at our website. Opening panel: - Didactic guide: http://www.worldmapper.rog/files/acib_guia.pdf

Creating gridded cartograms
Worldmapper: A short slideshow demonstrates the basic principles of creating gridded cartograms as shown in our country cartograms (

Health Inequalities
Worldmapper: Why are inequalities in health greater now than at any times since the 1920s? Thoughts on this question are presented in the slideshow which again features a series of Worldmapper maps:

World Population Developments
Worldmapper: Our latest slideshow focuses on population development and puts the UK into perspective within global and European trends: "Preparing for "Peak Population": how the UK fits within world demography" is shown at Slideshare and can also be downloaded there:

Worldmapper Theme in Firefox
Worldmapper: If you do use the latest version 3.6 of Firefox, you can enhance your browsing experience by dressing your browser with our new Worldmapper Personas Theme:

Global Inequalities
Worldmapper: We have put up another slideshow featuring a bunch of worldmapper maps. The presentation titled "World inequality and resources: thinking outside the goldfish bowl" is shown at Slideshare and can also be downloaded there:

Language maps journey
Worldmapper: We have created a slideshow showing the recently added language maps in a journey around the world, presenting the most spoken first languages and some related facts. The slideshow is online at Slideshare and can also be downloaded there:

Carbon emissions update
Worldmapper: Following high demand we created some more recent maps on the carbon dioxide emissions. Besides the worldmapper features in this ( you can now find a series of maps at

New World Population Atlas
Worldmapper: A new series of maps on population is available. The new maps are projecting the population of each territory onto an equal grid and show the territory's shape according to its population distribution.

Religion Series of maps added
Worldmapper: A new series of maps on the subject of Religion is available

Exploitation Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 347-356 (relating to exploitation) are now available. Apologies for the delay with these.

Communication Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 329-346 (relating to communication) are now available. Apologies for the delay with these.

Depletion Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 309-328 (relating to depletion) are now available. Apologies for the delay with these.

Pollution Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 295-308 (relating to pollution) are now available. Apologies for the delay with these.

Violence Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 279-294 (relating to violence) are now available. Apologies for the delay with these.

Destruction Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 267-278 (relating to Destruction) are now available. Apologies for the delay with these. The rest will be following over the next few weeks.

Death Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 255-266 (relating to Death) are now available.

Disaster Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 245-254 (relating to Disaster) are now available.

Disease Maps added
Worldmapper Maps 228-244 (relating to Disease) are now available.

Health Maps added, and HIV prevalence
Worldmapper Maps 213-227 - relating to Health, plus the HIV prevalence map - are now available.

Maps 195-212 (Education) added
Worldmapper Maps 195-212 (relating to Education) are now available.

Maps 183-194 (Housing) added
Worldmapper Maps 183-194 (relating to housing) are now available.

Maps 173-182 (Poverty) added
Worldmapper Maps 173-182 (relating to poverty) are now available.

Maps 159-172 (Wealth) added
Worldmapper Maps 159-172 (relating to wealth) are now available.

Maps 147-158 (Income) added
Worldmapper Maps 147-158 (relating to income) are now available.

Maps 133-146 (Work) added
Worldmapper Maps 133-146 (relating to work) are now available.

Maps 120-132 (Production) added
Worldmapper Maps 121-132 (relating to production) are now available.

Maps 109-120 (Fuel) added
Worldmapper Maps 109-120 (relating to fuel) are now available.

Maps 101-108 (Resources) added
Worldmapper Maps 101-108 (relating to resources) are now available.

Maps 93-100 (Services) added
Worldmapper Maps 93-100 (relating to services) are now available.

Maps 57-76 (Goods) added
Worldmapper Maps 57-76 (relating to goods) are now available.

Maps 77-92 (Manufacturers) added
Worldmapper Maps 77-92 (relating to manufacturers) are now available.