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Mapping the Way to a More Equal World

Inequality isn’t just about money. It’s also about information. The lack of reliable data about developing countries makes things like development work and disaster relief much harder.

Source: www.thetakeaway.org

There is ‘mapping inequality’ throughout the world; poorer countries often don’t have comprehensive census information and geospatial data.  Crowdsourced mapping is seeking to change and improve geographic awareness, especially in moments of crisis.  For example the maps of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea were essentially blank at the beginning of the Ebola outbreak but that glaring need meant volunteers were using geographic tools to improve developmental situations by providing more information.

 

Tagspodcast, disasters, mapping, cartography.

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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

Questions and answers on the scale of the outbreak and the science of the Ebola virus.

Source: www.nytimes.com

This Ebola outbreak began in Guinea, near the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia, where a network of roads makes the movement of people, goods ideas possible.  Unfortunately though, those same roads make spread of diseases easier.  In the past African Ebola cases in isolated villages could be contained but increased transportation has accelerated the diffusion process.  If this spreads to Lagos, watch out.

 

medical, development, diffusion.

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