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German Election Stats web map with SVG

2009/08/31
Election Atlas for Germany

Election Atlas for Germany

I really don’t have much to say about this web map (I think it’s more a proof of concept for SVG since there’s not much explanatory text or anything yet). Just one little niggling thing—you can roll over the Value Distribution chart  (bottom right) and it highlights the country for the bar. So, nice, here’s me on the chart and, hey, there’s me on the map. But when you roll over the map, the associated value distribution bar isn’t highlighted. Why not? Everything else updates the same way. Anyway, it’s too bad SVG isn’t developed or being used more. The Redlands may strike me down (or maybe even Adobe) but sometimes you just don’t need that much infrastructure to make your point with a map. And there’s really no getting away from the Googlefication of the map if you go that route.

View the map here.

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  1. 2009/08/31 at 17:58

    > Anyway, it’s too bad SVG isn’t developed or being used more.

    There’s quite an uptake lately.
    Partly because Google is hosting the SVG world conference, where a Google engineer will talk about SVGWeb (making IE do SVG), see https://www.svgopen.org/2009/registration.php?section=conference_schedule

  2. 2009/09/13 at 07:49

    Obviously thematic mapping isn’t new but usually a bit more tricky than drawing pie charts and in fact this map deliberately uses long introduced conventions to do this.

    As for the explanation, you may watch the following screencasts and to people who are interested in these election results, the map might be an interesting tool to examine the data: even 20 years after re-unification you will still see some east-west patterns amongst others.


    And for the technically minded: This SVG map works in InternetExplorer _without_ the SVG plugin …

  3. gisspar
    2009/09/13 at 13:33

    Don’t get me wrong—I’m all for SVG. Since it doesn’t come with all of this map junk baggage that you see with Google Maps or ESRI products or even the open source competitors (OpenLayers, for example), it has the potential to really make interactive mapping a true embedded component. Something that actually fully fits with the design and structure of the website, rather than being either a separate look and feel for the map pages or some widgety thing.

    The fact that it doesn’t require a plugin just makes it even better. Here’s hoping someday we can just scrap IE altogether and get on with making cool stuff.

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