But is it useful? That’s the question the designer of these maps asks. So what exactly are we looking at here? The first diagram has all the zip codes of the US connected in descending order while the second map shows us the route of the presidential candidates – what I’m unsure if this if from the last election or for all time. It didn’t really say. But back to the original question, data is not useful if it isn’t turned information. So do we have any information? What it does indicate is the attention that states receive, there’s a distinct middle. What it doesn’t show is a relation to time, so maybe the east has more lines etc because the lines started there, and over time it branched out. By looking at this map could I make any actionable items – well it might indicate that there’s more potential growth to the west cause there’s still space, or go to the east b/c it would seem things are established.
Another interesting point to make is that I recently mentioned a tag cloud with US presidents. I’m not positive on this, but I think that both the programmer for the scribble map and the presidential tag cloud were not American. Though not totally relevant, it’s fascinating that people outside the US are finding was to work with all the data the US government puts out there.
Scribble Map via Coudal