Mapping poverty and riots

What happens when you combine a big amount of data with a map? Do you get a new view in your subject, perhaps even new knowledge, or just a fancy way to promote your ideological stance on the issue?

“These riots were not about poverty,” said David Cameron yesterday. ” That insults the millions of people who, whatever the hardship, would never dream of making others suffer like this.”
But the question is: how do we know? If poverty affects health, education and crime, could it be a factor in the events of last week?

The Guardian seems to have a different opinion than UK’s PM. Check out the full article and interactive map at England riots: was poverty a factor?

For more examples of recent online maps updates, see my previous post, Online maps evolution heats up