Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Oldest Flow Map, created in 1837

According to this paper published in The Geographical Journal, this map is credited to be the Oldest Flow Map, created in 1837 by Henry D. Harness of the British Army. It shows traffic flows between Dublin and the rest of Ireland.  (via Michael Batty). Quite different from contemporary techniques....

2 comments:

Beth (@DataGeekB) said...

Love this piece of history! But I have one question: Since cars weren't invented for another 50 years, should we call this a commute map rather than a traffic map?

Rafael H M Pereira said...

A linguistic issue, but a good point Beth. In Portuguese we could use the word 'traffic' to refer to data, information, and people (even if they are not using cars). But thanks for that! I still have lots to learn in English. Like, when should I use transport or transporation? And, what exactly is the difference between public transport and transit?

These questions may sound a bit basic, but I find it really hard to know when I should use word or the other... Any suggestions?