Map of the Week: Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Big Data

In Hype Cycle for Big Data, 2012, Gartner states that Column-Store DBMS, Cloud Computing, In-Memory Database Management Systems will be the three most transformational technologies in the next five years.  Gartner goes on to predict that Complex Event Processing, Content Analytics, Context-Enriched Services, Hybrid Cloud Computing, Information Capabilities Framework and Telematics round out the technologies the research firm considers transformational.

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Map O’ The Day #88 – Nuclear Explosions Since 1945


Today’s MOTD is a map of the world showing the sites where nuclear tests have taken place. In light of North Korea’s underground nuclear test, i wanted to see how many underground tests had taken place and get a timeline of when they occurred.

It is interesting to see that the UK completed 24 Nuclear tests on American soil from 1962-1991 and that there have been 902 US underground tests since 1945. In contrast, North Korea’s test last week was only their second since 2006. One can argue that they are developing the program for military purposes and that is why we need to condemn the tests but one can also argue that some of the 902 US underground tests were for military purposes as well, because we have seen the results.

Map O’ The Day #41 – A Year In Iraq


Think what you will of the New York Times, but the paper is without a doubt known for putting together compelling Info graphics which display data sets in a visually stimulating manner. Authored by Adriana Lins De Albuquerque & Alicia Chen, this image is no exception for the publication, as their portrayal of casualties during 2006 in all of Iraq masterfully shows the gruesome realities of war. The Times utilizes both color, figure type, and figure quantity to display the known data sets.

One should be somewhat leery when drawing insights from a map such as this, as often times authors of both info graphics and maps will choose to use scale, selection and representation in an effort to aim the viewer towards a specific conclusion or view. I’m not sure that I see a blatant statistical misrepresentation in this case, but without cross referencing the original data with the Times representation, it’s quite difficult to be sure of it’s objectivity.

In any event, this graphic is worth scanning for some undeniable trends in the reported data, such as the large amount of Iraqi police officers killed by hostile forces, namely, other Iraqis and foreign terrorists.

[I apologize for the resolution when viewing the comprehensive graphic, but zooming in provides an enhancement]

Map O’ The Day #28 – Water Wars


Another map from the International Networks Archive via Princeton U that presents some interesting views on the world’s water supply as well as current and future usage. Pretty amazing to think that even in the modern world that 7 people die every minute globally from a lack of clean water.

This map utilizes one of the Maga mapping principles, namely, using a system, or multiple views of information to understand the landscape. See the far right side to understand this chronological system which is depicting the evolution of the clean water issue.

Gotta love anything with toy soldiers in the design, and a strong use of color and image [silhouette] to provide bold emphasis on the usage by continent figures.