Amidst the various updates, improvements (and updates to the improvements), here is once that might fly under the radar: we have updated the map on the bottom of our community page to be an interactive display of students and visitors from around the world.
The data represents four years of unique visits, from September 2010 to September 2014. Lest you forget, the older map is pictured to the right. Conversation among the staff went something like this:
“Can we get rid of this map? What is this?”
“That’s our visitors and students…where they come from.”
“They come from the United States?”
“No, from all those places…everything that’s green.”
“But the U.S. is darker. What do these colors mean? Everything else is the same.”
“Well, that shows more people. Um, the shading scale isn’t really very flexible.”
“But this is just a picture of the Earth.”
“Yeah, we come from everywhere!”
“Ah. I don’t think the message is getting through.”
Thus was born the new map, with a much better color scale and more available information. You can zoom in and click on pins to see how many people have visited from each place. If we have erred on any place names or if any pins are in the wrong spot, please do let us know — Saint Helena, for instance, wanted to show up in Washington state and Georgia the nation state was keen on being one of the United States, too.
Furthermore, let us know what you might like to see on a community page — what would make this page worth repeat visits? It is great to advertise our social media links and get people to join our mailing list, no question, but surely there is more of value we can add. Check it out and be in touch!