Best of the Blogs – 11 April 2017

Each week, Spatial Source finds the best that the internet has to offer.

According to Wikipedia’s List of Terrorist Incidents, in 2017 over 2,000 people have already been killed in terrorist attacks this year. You can see where those terrorist attacks took place on the 2017 Terrorist Attacks map. This map from PeaceTech Lab uses the data from Wikipedia’s chronology of terrorist attacks to show where attacks have taken place around the globe. [Maps Mania]


It’s hard to think of a map as a deadly weapon. But in World War I they became just that. Simultaneous advances in weaponry and cartography had deadly repercussions, allowing artillery gunners to fire at targets they couldn’t directly see and aim their guns without first firing “ranging shots” that would ruin the element of surprise. [All Over The Map]


The cybersecurity firm – Kaspersky Lab created an interesting project called Earth 2050 for their 20th birthday. The goal is to map how the life on our planet will look like in the future. The project accumulates predictions about social and technological developments for the upcoming 30 years. Everything is served on the futuristic looking 3D globe. You can explore predictions per geography and time (2030, 2040 and 2050). [Geoawesomesness]


The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently updated its population estimates. The data set tracks 25 years of population changes in Australia back to 1991 and can be considered a prelude to the upcoming 2016 Census data release in late June 2017. According to the ABS estimates, in 2016 there were 24,128,876 individuals residing in Australia, with the majority of people settled along the coast line. An interesting pattern of change shows that, while the population in coastal areas continues to grow, there is long term depopulation occurring in the red centre – as depicted by blue polygons on the map above. [All Things Spatial]



In the last decade key policy changes have had profound impacts on nightlife in Sydney’s inner city and suburbs. The most significant and controversial of these has been the controversial 2014 “lockout laws”. These were a series of legislative and regulatory policies aimed at reducing alcohol-related violence and disorder through new criminal penalties and key trading restrictions, including 1.30am lockouts and a 3am end to service in select urban “hotspots”. By digging down into recently released data, criminology academic Phillip Wadds made some surprising discoveries on how things have changed, and the need for a more city-wide approach. [The Conversation]

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