Geographic Information System technology was probably used to generate this map featured in the Huffington Post this week. The map animates the borders of Europe; ten centuries in ten minutes. It’s pretty mesmerizing despite the new age soundtrack. Glaring minuses are the lack of a timeline (I didn’t know where/when I was until the Nazis took over) and the scale/resolution – too small and blurry for my eyes, but maybe that’s the Huffington Post’s fault. It would also be interesting to know who made it. The map can be found among many on the Bing link at the bottom of the page. Most of them are less satisfying although entertaining nonetheless.
As the in-class presenter mentioned, the GIS generated maps can elucidate trends in a way that pure data can’t – a point supported by the Serbian and Catalan nationalism generated by the map in the You Tube feedback.