This weeks class looked the assumed correctness of data visualisation services, particularly in application to mapping. This isnt only a discussion for the digital world. Co-incidentally I was having this exact talk with a friend only a few weeks ago, having never been to Australia he was talking about driving from Canberra across to Perth and then Broome. The true size of Australia is a common misconception amoung my international friends and services such as The true size of… is an excellent way of being able to visualise this information (particularly as Australian’s have a bit of a reputation for spinning a tall tale).
Being aware of the skewing of information is also extremely important in academic works. Providing as much context as possible for your data will decrease the chance of a miscommunication of information or intent.