The article discusses the importance of cartography to scientists in the U.S. Maps are vital to them because it represents a visualization of the world. Since no flat map of the Earth's curves surface can preserve both an area and angle, geographers invented a plethora of projections to allow them to choose the distortions judiciously. The International Business Machines' (IBM) Visual Communication Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, created Many Eyes, www.many-eyes.com, which provides the public with tools to create visualizations such as network diagrams, depicting nodes and connections within networks, and treemaps, and displaying hierarchical data as groups of nested rectangles.
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