Digital Geography

26. November 2013

Determine the center of the world!

What has been a disc before, where seamen teetered on the brink of the abyss, you will now find two dimensional world maps, putting the observer in the central point. World maps like this have been developed within the last 1.5 years in the University of Applied Science in Berne. By using the publicly available software – – unconventional world maps can be generated through various applications (Da Vinci, Tourist, Journalist).

Do you think, that the north on a world map has to be “on top”? Do you know if Greenland really is bigger than Australia? Does the “Western civilization” really live in the west? These questions can be answered on The research project «Ansichtssache(n)» is about the construction and design of unconventional world maps. By use of the application (Worldmapgenerator) it is possible to create world maps that stand out of the commonly accepted geometry and conventions. For example, the equator is no longer a horizontal line in the middle of the image, also, the geographic center can be moved freely.

By using the software the visitor gets the chance to follow the deformation of the earth’s surface in real-time, through a shift of the geographical center. Hence, by applying conventional, mathematic derivation an unconventional worldmap is created, which, not least, questions our worldview. Furthermore, colourful world maps can be created, contrary to all conventions.

The newest version of the software has a new interface and a new application (Journalist – reading news), which allows you to depict the world in the context of article headlines. Also, individually created world maps can be shared with others. Numerous ways of application are opening up, which allow a new point of view on the international situation and yet assume a scientifically correct and fresh perspective. You should test the publicly available software yourself and place yourself in the center of events.

Worldmapgenerator: create maps online

Funding: Berne, University of Applied Sciences (BFH)
Project lead: Julia Mia Stirnemann