Geovisualization and Minard's map
The objective of these pages are to give some prove of the benefits of geovisualization and increase awareness.
It often happens that after explaining what geovisualization stands for people will comment with remarks such as " interesting " and move on with their daily activities. This might be partly due to the fact that current tools cannot handle the integrated demand for functions required, or because the unfamiliarity with the potential strengths of geovisualization. To stimulate the understanding of geovisualization "it" is applied to Minard's well-known map of Napoleon's 1812 campaign into Russia, the "Carte figurative des pertes successives en hommes de l'Armee Française dans la campagne de Russie 1812-1813".
These pages will stress the argument that if one is able to look at the data from different perspectives, for instance via alternative map views, sometimes in combination with other graphics such as diagrams, graphs or even photographs and videos one will better appreciate the nature of the data at hand.