Saturday, August 1, 2015

Some Demographic Assorted Links

  1. The UN has recently released the 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects (via Bernardo Queiroz)

  2. Cutting edge research behind new population projections

  3. Can Demography Affect Inflation and Monetary Policy? (via MR)

  4. Which countries have the most immigrants?

  5. There are now at least two good open access journals in demography/population studies. The well known Demographic Research (twitter) , and the new International Journal of Population Studies (twitter)

  6. The new Institute for Asian Demographic Research, in Shanghai (via Emilio Zagheni)

  7. In celebration to World Population Day (11th of July), Springer and BioMed have made freely available a selection of free articles that investigate the consequences of the ever increasing population on health, migration and the environment. These papers will be freely available until September 10, 2015

  8. Nice piece in the NYT on the The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion

  9. A great series of GIFs showing demographic changes in different counties (ht Conrad Hackett)

[image credit: Laird Research]

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Urban Picture

Embaba, Cairo (Egypt)
[Photo by: Karim Shafei] 

ps. I saw this via Telmo Ribeiro, who was my inspiring geography teacher at high school, by the way.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Drawing a Map from Pub Locations

There are roughly 29,000 pubs in Britain and Ireland on OpenStreetMap. Plot their locations and you will have a map to happiness  that is similar to the population density.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Art of Communicating Science

Here is an important lesson to remember when communicating your research to a wide audience.

Dawkins has good point but I'm not sure this 'argument' is easily accepted by journal editors and reviewers .

Monday, July 20, 2015

How to Make Beautiful Charts With R and ggplot2

Some times, this is how I feel using R .

If that's the case for you as well, you might like this amazing post by Max Woolf showing how simple it is to make beautiful charts with R using ggplot2. You should check it out.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The world's largest megacity is larger than you think

If you want some academic publications on China's Pearl River Delta region, you can fin some interesting studies conducted by researchers from the Seto Lab on Urbanization and Global Change (Yale). I got this Time-Lapse from their website and it gives a glimpse of the fast  urbanization process of this region over the past decades. 

[image credit: IK's World Trip/Flickr]

Friday, July 10, 2015

ReDesigning the Global Map of Refugees

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the new UN annual report on forced migration and refugees and how the guys at the NYT (S.Peçanha and T.Wallace) did a great job in visualizing the data from the report. As a short update to that post, I would like to point out how the same dataset can be visualized in quite different ways. I highlight here only two other data visualization projects based on the same data set and which could be inspiring to other people working with flows data.

The first project is the Global Flows of Refugees, where Nikola Sander and Ramon Bauer have used interactive circular plots to explore refugee flows between countries, regions, etc. The plot is quite effective in showing how flow sizes and origin-destinations change from 2013 to 2014.

The second dataviz comes form the Refugee Project, which brings some geographical context and more historical information on forced migration year by year since 1975. It was designed by Ekene Ijeoma and the team at Hyperakt