“This is map-making gone riot.”

Mike & Eric at Code for America in January

Watch two presentations that Mike, then Eric gave in January this year: Big Data For Public Good, hosted by Code for America.

I happened to be in the audience, and was thrilled to hear a gasp or two when Eric revealed our work on the Watercolor maps in public for the first time, about 15 minutes in to his presentation. That was a couple of months before we launched them on March 22, 2012.

As a provocation, Rodenbeck closed with the statement that “there’s no such thing as raw data”—it is always scrubbed, filtered, and interpreted. The challenge—and great opportunity—is to analyze and interpret the data in service of the public good, and to communicate these insights to mass audiences in accessible ways that resonate and inspire action.

2 thoughts on ““This is map-making gone riot.”

    • Good question. Not an obvious method to post to Pinterest (but there should be). If you’re looking at a watercolor map, you can make an image out of it to use elsewhere. Just hit the big yellow button. Then you’ll see a page where you can set the location and size of your image. Once it’s made, you can pin it.

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