Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review: 'London: The Information Capital: 100 Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You View the City' by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti

Review: London – the Information Capital: 100 Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You View the City

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James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti
5.0 out of 5 stars From coffee table to scientific salon, a worthy offering, November 4, 2014
This is a spectacular offering on multiple fronts. On the low-end, it has got to be the coolest coffee table book around, something that could be usefully offered in every waiting room across London — and hopefully inspire copycats for other cities including Paris and New York and Dubai.
At the high end, the book offers the most current available understanding of just what can be gleaned from “big data” that is available from open databases — one can only imagine the additional value to be had from closed data bases (money movement, for example). And of course we have to persist in our demands that all data and the software and hardware needed to process the data be open source so that it is affordable, interoperable, and scalable.
To evaluate the book, look online for the following article that provides a series of extracted color maps along with textual information that in my view help make the purchasing decision here, for those that can afford to buy another book, quite easy:
< These Maps Visualize London’s 2.4 Billion Bus Journeys In A Whole New Way >
Here are some other data visualization books that I find quite inspiring:

Editor's note: This review was written by Robert David Steele and has been reposted with permission. The original page can be found here. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right. 

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