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Fairmont State University's GIS & Geography Awareness Week: Mapping Public Health

A Student-Led Project of the GIS Lab and Geographic Information Science (GIS) Minor housed in the College of Liberal Arts

Mapping the Coronavirus

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World is a book by Steven Berlin Johnson that explores John Snow's analysis of cholera patterns. It is a great read in and out of the classroom or bookclub.

Book Discussion Questions


In 1854, Dr. John Snow mapped data from a cholera outbreak in London. His map allowed him to see a clear pattern that no one had noticed yet and ultimately discover the source of the outbreak. A GIS (geographic information system) allows you to compare and analyze geographic data to find patterns. The term GIS did not exist in 1854, but John Snow's map of cholera deaths allowed him to ask questions and solve problems, just like we do with GIS today.(ESRI)

 Learn how to map a historic cholera outbreak: Map a historic cholera outbreak lesson plan

John Snow's data journalism: the cholera map that changed the world with interactive maps

Mapping Coronavirus Vaccination