Friday, April 13, 2012

Titanic mapping - 100th aniversary


    When you hear "Titanic", the first thing that comes to your mind is the 1997 classic, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starer, James Cameron directed epic romantic disaster film "Titanic" which after more than 15 years is re-released in 3D. You must be wondering why I am talking about the movie here on this blog. Well, its not about the movie, but about the mapping of the Titanic that interests me!

    April 15, 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean. A century ago the Titanic collided with an iceberg in the north Atlantic and sank. Mapping traveler's hometowns, revels the immigrant status of most people traveling third-class, who also suffered the highest fatality rate. ESRI, has created a map story that will help us look at the geography, class and the fate of the passengers aboard the ship 100 years ago. The online map displays the hometowns of all the passengers aboard the Titanic excluding the crew and identifies them by the type of class they were traveling on whether first, second or third.

    The passenger data was mapped from Wikipedia's list of Titanic passengers. Visit Geography, class and fate: Passengers on the Titanic to see this amazing map story. Click on the menu items to see only the places of origins by a specific class and to view a pie chart showing how many passengers survived and died within that class.  Click on a location to see a list of passengers based from that point.  You can delve further into the lives of the Titanic passenger list to see that person’s hometown, boarding location, intended destination, age, class traveled, and whether or not they survived.


    Hope you all love this map story - Geography, Class and fate: Passengers on the Titanic!