Two handy documents for making good UK maps

July 4, 2014

(This article was first published on Robert Grant's stats blog » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Everybody loves a good map. Even if you don’t have any reason to make one, your boss will love it when you do, so check this out and get yourself a pay rise (possibly).

First, this set of diagrams via ONS Geographies on Twitter, showing how the different terminologies of UK administrative geography overlap and nest. It looks horrible, like it was made by NSA staffers after their PowerPoint refresher day, but it does the trick, and I haven’t seen this pulled together in one simple way like this before.

Second, this nice presentation from the most recent LondonR meeting, by Simon Hailstone. He shows the value of proper mapping tools inside R with some real-life ambulance service data. Croydon, Romford, Kingston, West End, OK. Heathrow Airport is a bit of a surprise.


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