Campus Maps

February 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm (Uncategorized)

A campus map (Map 1):

Another campus map (Map 2):

My 10 most important locations on campus (Map 3):

Here I have 3 different maps of the U of I campus.  While being maps of the same area, they are all different in their own way.  Map 1 shows major roads and hotels in the campus area, but not any other details.  Map 2 has labels for all the University buildings in the campus area , and it uses colors to differentiate between buildings, walkways, streets, and grassy areas.  Map 3 is a standard street map with several points of interest marked.  It is different from Map 2 in that it is relevant from the view of one person, whereas Map 2 shows everything important to the entire University as a whole.

These differences occur because each map has a different purpose and a different audience to cater to.  The people who would use Map 1 would have no use for Maps 2 or 3, because they are interested in seeing where there are hotels they can stay at in the area.  Likewise, if one was searching for a specific building on campus, they would use Map 2, since the other two maps don’t give those details.  Map 3 would be useful if someone was going to meet me somewhere.  They could go to one of the places I spend time at, since those locations are important to me.  Each map has its own use, depending on what is needed.


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Swine Flu Maps

February 10, 2010 at 10:45 am (Uncategorized)

Map 1:

Map 2:

The two maps above both show the occurrences of Swine Flu, mostly centered on the United States.  Map 1 shows higher numbers of cases by darker colors, and it separates the reports by state.  Map 2 also reports occurrences by state, but it also includes Canada (by province) and Mexico (as a country) on the main map and has a smaller map showing the worldwide cases by country.  This map shows numbers by the sizes of circles centered on the region where they were reported.  Map 2 also has a slider to show growth over time and see the cases spread.

I believe Map 2 is more useful and accurate, because it includes more than just the United States.  Map 1 doesn’t show what other countries had a huge number of cases, which is important for analyzing how the illness spread.  The time slider for Map 2 shows that cases started in Mexico, leading one to conclude that cases may have spread to the US by travelers from Mexico.  This would be important for officials trying to plan how to prevent future outbreaks.  Perhaps instead of using resources on the entire country, they could have medical checks on people coming into the country to make sure they didn’t bring in any illnesses that were more prevalent in other countries.  The information in Map 2 is vital to making decisions like that, whereas Map 1 doesn’t tell us how the epidemic began.  As such, Map 2 is the more useful of the two maps, due to the extra features/information it provides.

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