Wednesday, October 19, 2011

GIS: Viewing U.S. Expansion through Newspapers

Recently we mentioned a GIS site that visualized the growth of the United States through the establishment of post offices. Stanford University's Rural West Initiative provides a similar visualization through the founding of newspapers in its "Journalism's Voyage West." In addition to the primary map, which provides a visual representation of the number and locations of newspapers from 1690 to 2011, the site also includes historical background, an industry analysis, and other data visualizations, including the growth of daily and weekly newspapers, and German- and Spanish-language publications.