Which part of Massachusetts is the most burdened by the environmental hazards of toxic waste? The answer depends on how you look at the data—reminding us that "data" alone never comes to its own conclusions.
Guest cartographer Maggie Owens participated in the "Same Data, Different Stories" project for our exhibition "Bending Lines: Maps and Data From Distortion to Deception." Her maps of toxic hazards in Massachusetts show that we can create visual narratives drawing very different conclusions even when using the same data set.
Maggie joins our curator Garrett Dash Nelson on May 27 on Facebook Live (and YouTube Live) at 1pm EST to discuss how data, maps, and narratives shape—and are shaped by—our biases.
Afterwards, take a chance to explore the newly-launched digital exhibition, featuring present-day maps created by Maggie and other cartographers as well as historic objects from our collections: bit.ly/2ziVLLG