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A World of Disputed Territories

A World of Disputed Territories Social sciences Reference Reviews Volume 32 · Number 7/8 · 2018 · 15-21 certainly find a use for it. I expect the central dialogue box on the left-hand side of the page lists libraries of the major NGOs will want it. There are the disputed territories or regions, while a a number of more specialised, more practical or Territorial Entities dialogue box on the right lists more emotive books on the market which look to the names of the countries, entities or states, be more useful for most public libraries than this involved in a territorial dispute with the chosen one. country. Clicking on the name of a disputed Martin Guha region in the left-hand box produces a third box Maudsley Philosophy Group and former on the bottom of the page that provides a brief Librarian, King’s College London, Institute of description, and sometimes history, of the Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience, disagreement. A plus sign (þ) in this box allows London, UK users to zoom into the exact location of the disputed territory, while an X closes the information box. The map can be reset by clicking RR 2018/195 on the Select New Country button in the Select a A World of Disputed Territories Disputed Territory box. Above the map are links to an About page and a Max Galka link to the Metrocosm website. The About page Metrocosm provides basic information for the project, a brief New York explanation on how to use the site, and a key to the colour coding. Only disputes involving territorial URL: http://metrocosm.com/disputed-territories-map.html sovereignty over land or water or the location of Last visited June 2018 borders between countries are included. Gratis Disagreements over the location of border crossings are not included. While most of the disputes involve Keywords Conflict, International relations internationally recognized countries, territorial Review DOI 10.1108/RR-06-2018-0100 claims by other groups or entities, such as the Territorial disputes between countries or states are Islamic State, are also represented. In total, 105 as old as civilization itself. Some disputes, such as disputed territories are included in the project, the dispute between Argentina and the UK over involving 124 countries. The list of territories and the Falkland Islands, are well known. Other the descriptive text explaining the disputes come disputes, such as those over uninhabited islands, primarily from the CIA World Factbook, Natural borders between countries, or maritime Earth,and Wikipedia. No information is provided boundaries, are much less familiar, sometimes regarding updates, however, suggestions for even to the populations of the countries involved. corrections or additions to the map can be made by While many disputes have been settled peacefully emailing the project owner via the Contact page on or remain quietly unresolved for extended periods, the main Metrocosm website. others have led to military conflicts, occupation, The site is intuitive, easy to use and free of and even war. A World of Disputed Territories is a advertisements and other superfluous information. web-based visualization project that attempts to No broken links or other access problems were map and provide information for current territorial identified. While the site works well with a variety of disputes around the globe. The project was created browsers, Firefox and Safari had a habit of in 2015 by Max Galka, a New York City-based overlapping some of the navigational features onto entrepreneur, author and adjunct lecturer of data the text in the information dialogue box at the wrangling and visualization at the University of bottom of the page, making some of the text difficult Pennsylvania. In addition to A World of Disputed to read. Such behaviour did not occur when using Territories, Galka also maintains a number of other Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Students, data-related projects on his website Metrocosm. needing basic information on regional conflicts and Information on the site is presented in the form territory disputes will find the site useful and of an interactive world map. The map can be informative. Researchers needing information that is repositioned by using a mouse or touch screen. A more detailed will want to consult additional sources. zoom feature allows users to shrink or enlarge the In this regard, links to outside references or a map to suit their needs. Territories on the map are bibliography of suggested readings, would be a colour-coded: red for countries, regions or states helpful addition. Overall, however, this is a well- involved in a territorial dispute and grey for conceived and executed project providing access to countries, regions or states not involved. Clicking informationinaninteractive format that is on any of the countries or regions highlighted in unavailable on any other website. red changes the colour of the countries or Brian K. Kooy territories involved in a dispute with the country Collection Development Librarian, Subject Librarian to the Departments of Philosophy and chosen to blue. A yellow mark on the map Religious Studies, University Library, Georgia indicates the geographical location or locations State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA under dispute. A Select a Disputed Territory http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Reviews Emerald Publishing

A World of Disputed Territories

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Social sciences Reference Reviews Volume 32 · Number 7/8 · 2018 · 15-21 certainly find a use for it. I expect the central dialogue box on the left-hand side of the page lists libraries of the major NGOs will want it. There are the disputed territories or regions, while a a number of more specialised, more practical or Territorial Entities dialogue box on the right lists more emotive books on the market which look to the names of the countries, entities or states, be more useful for most public libraries than this involved in a territorial dispute with the chosen one. country. Clicking on the name of a disputed Martin Guha region in the left-hand box produces a third box Maudsley Philosophy Group and former on the bottom of the page that provides a brief Librarian, King’s College London, Institute of description, and sometimes history, of the Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience, disagreement. A plus sign (þ) in this box allows London, UK users to zoom into the exact location of the disputed territory, while an X closes the information box. The map can be reset by clicking RR 2018/195 on the Select New Country button in the Select a A World of Disputed Territories Disputed Territory box. Above the map are links to an About page and a Max Galka link to the Metrocosm website. The About page Metrocosm provides basic information for the project, a brief New York explanation on how to use the site, and a key to the colour coding. Only disputes involving territorial URL: http://metrocosm.com/disputed-territories-map.html sovereignty over land or water or the location of Last visited June 2018 borders between countries are included. Gratis Disagreements over the location of border crossings are not included. While most of the disputes involve Keywords Conflict, International relations internationally recognized countries, territorial Review DOI 10.1108/RR-06-2018-0100 claims by other groups or entities, such as the Territorial disputes between countries or states are Islamic State, are also represented. In total, 105 as old as civilization itself. Some disputes, such as disputed territories are included in the project, the dispute between Argentina and the UK over involving 124 countries. The list of territories and the Falkland Islands, are well known. Other the descriptive text explaining the disputes come disputes, such as those over uninhabited islands, primarily from the CIA World Factbook, Natural borders between countries, or maritime Earth,and Wikipedia. No information is provided boundaries, are much less familiar, sometimes regarding updates, however, suggestions for even to the populations of the countries involved. corrections or additions to the map can be made by While many disputes have been settled peacefully emailing the project owner via the Contact page on or remain quietly unresolved for extended periods, the main Metrocosm website. others have led to military conflicts, occupation, The site is intuitive, easy to use and free of and even war. A World of Disputed Territories is a advertisements and other superfluous information. web-based visualization project that attempts to No broken links or other access problems were map and provide information for current territorial identified. While the site works well with a variety of disputes around the globe. The project was created browsers, Firefox and Safari had a habit of in 2015 by Max Galka, a New York City-based overlapping some of the navigational features onto entrepreneur, author and adjunct lecturer of data the text in the information dialogue box at the wrangling and visualization at the University of bottom of the page, making some of the text difficult Pennsylvania. In addition to A World of Disputed to read. Such behaviour did not occur when using Territories, Galka also maintains a number of other Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Students, data-related projects on his website Metrocosm. needing basic information on regional conflicts and Information on the site is presented in the form territory disputes will find the site useful and of an interactive world map. The map can be informative. Researchers needing information that is repositioned by using a mouse or touch screen. A more detailed will want to consult additional sources. zoom feature allows users to shrink or enlarge the In this regard, links to outside references or a map to suit their needs. Territories on the map are bibliography of suggested readings, would be a colour-coded: red for countries, regions or states helpful addition. Overall, however, this is a well- involved in a territorial dispute and grey for conceived and executed project providing access to countries, regions or states not involved. Clicking informationinaninteractive format that is on any of the countries or regions highlighted in unavailable on any other website. red changes the colour of the countries or Brian K. Kooy territories involved in a dispute with the country Collection Development Librarian, Subject Librarian to the Departments of Philosophy and chosen to blue. A yellow mark on the map Religious Studies, University Library, Georgia indicates the geographical location or locations State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA under dispute. A Select a Disputed Territory

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