Best Map of 2017 Journal of Maps

The award for the 2017 “Best Map” goes to (Daniel M. Stephen & Bernhard Jenny) The article is titled: Automated layout of origin–destination flow maps: U.S. county-to-county migration 2009–2013.

Interactive flow mapping applications allow users to explore large movement datasets by automatically generating flow maps from subsets of the data in response to queries by the user. However, even a small number of flows can overlap and cross each other in a way that impedes accurate interpretation. We introduce an interactive flow map of migration in the United States from 2009 to 2013 that uses a force-directed method to automatically lay out migration flows at the county-to-county and state levels.