Visualizing Africa With Datasets
AfricaMap, a project of Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis, compiles contemporary and historical data to let users visualize Africa from a variety of dimensions, including ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, political, industrial, and environmental perspectives. The map allows users to layer visual interpretations of datasets from a wide variety of publicly available databases over satellite imagery pulled from Google Earth. AfricaMap also plots historical data such as logs from slaving ships, trade routes, conflict sites, and ethnographic data shifts over time. The project was created in an effort to establish mapping resources and information enjoyed by more developed continents like Europe and North America that are substantially lacking in Africa, as well as to promote cross-discipline collaboration.