What is Metrocosm?
The Matrixis all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled from a spreadsheet over your eyesto show you blind you fromthe truth.
What is Metrocosm?
Metrocosm is my collection of maps and other data visualization projects — trying to make sense of the world through numbers.
Who am I?
Hi. I’m Max Galka, a guy who is fascinated by data.
My latest project Blueshift is a tool for designing dynamic maps, like some of the ones I post here. My other current project, FOIA Mapper, aims to open up hidden government databases using the Freedom of Information Act. I also teach data wrangling / data visualization at the University of Pennsylvania (PennDesign). And I write about data visualization as a Guardian and Huffington Post contributor.
Previously, I founded a real estate data startup called Revaluate and worked in the finance / insurance industry where I used data to model natural disasters, mortgage prepayments, and human life expectancy. I also enjoy working on data-related projects outside of work. My fantasy football models rarely work out very well, but the Texas Hold-em program I built in college is one of the things I am most proud of.
I am also a very happy & lucky husband, an aspiring vegetarian, a feminist, an information privacy paranoid, a Wharton (M&T) alum, and a former wrestler.
Blueshift – design and publish dynamic maps in minutes
FOIA Mapper – access to the world of “hidden” public data using the Freedom of Information Act
Metrocosmblog.tumblr.com – for images / graphics that did not find there way into a post here, but I still thought were interesting enough to post on their own
Millennium Development Goals – Indicator Correlation Explorer (my entry for the World Statistics Day Data Visualization Challenge)