Nifty Infographics Galore: Information Geographies at the Oxford Internet Institute

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Holy moly, I love Oxford. My infatuation began with my discovery of Forced Migration Review, a journal on forced displacement published three times a year by the university's Refugee Studies Center. The journal was a great knowledge resource for me when I first took an interest in refugee issues (and I even got two articles published in it!). Now, to the delight of my inner social media/information junkie, I have discovered the Oxford Internet Institute's Information Geographies project, a magical wonderland of all kinds of nifty infographics, most of which you would never think to compile.

For those of you who might be wondering, I have not in fact been paid off by Oxford to sing their praises. I just think they are awesome.

The infographic that initially caught my eye was this one, "Internet Population and Penetration," which shows the total number of Internet users in a country as well as the percentage of the population with Internet access, based on data from the World Bank.

But there are dozens of others on the site as well. Many of the maps focus on Wikipedia (not exactly sure why; maybe because it's easy to get data from it?), but several others look at media coverage, usage of social media (e.g., Twitter and Flickr), internet accessibility, health, and gender. It's fabulous stuff.

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