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Bob Abramms' Statement for Population Map

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In the 1970’s Bob Abramms founded ODT, Inc. which offered consulting and training to companies wishing to develop and honor diversity in the workforce. Among the many mind-expanding tools that Bob used in presentations and workshops were a variety of maps, finding that they were excellent devices for showing different perspectives. Eventually, ODT began selling those alternative maps, and today most of the company’s business is in the publishing and distribution of products that offer "different ways to see the world."

Bob served as projector director for the Population Map. He began the project in the spring of 2001. He had seen various cartogram representations and felt that they lacked the full power that the current map could convey. He networked via the internet with Fred Pearce in the UK for the historical population figures and with Bill Yoder in Arizona for the GIS cartograms of the data that became the thumbnails at the bottom of the map. Paul Breding was the natural choice for the cartography on the main map, as he had done an earlier version. Bob and Denis Wood had collaborated on the book, Seeing Through Maps. Bob deferred to nearly all of Denis’ concerns, but over-ruled him on selected issues.

 


 

Bob Abramms felt that existing maps lacked the full power that a population map could convey.


 

 

   

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