Here are some pointers to highlights of the server#
Here we are just presenting a bit of information to hopefully make you eager to dig around a bit more by yourself. New information is added at the top, hence the strange numbering.#
(10) Try out austria-forum.org/kiosk and lean back!
(8) On top of each page you can see a search field "Search all of Global-Geography". This search finds all entries according to their title and meta-data associated with them. If your search is not sucessfull, please click at the radio button preceding "Page Content" and search again. You are now searching "full-text", i.e. all the content on all pages of Global-Geography.
(7) Learn a bit surpsing facts (stories, pictures) by checking some of the by now some 180 stories written by members of the consortium under Geography/About/Main_Ideas/Current_List_of_Stories!
(6) To see that data consolidation, even concerning "simple things" is hard, have a look at the area section in France. It is also interesting to note that Greenland (de jure part of Denmark) is not taken into account when it comes to the area of Denmark. (There is a rumor that this is due to the fact that EU money can only go to countries with a certain population density: the area of Greenland would ruin this!). One of the errors that occurs in many databases (see the CIA Factbook or the source http://en.worldstat.info/Asia/Ethiopia/Land)is that the water area of Ethiopia is about 10% of the total area. With some effort we have determined the true figure that you can look up under Ethiopia: It is about 0.7% ... the mistaken figure of close to 10% has been copied from one wrong source over and over. Yet a look at the map shows that 10% must be wrong.
(5) Some of the best picture collections with good and usual bilingual descriptions are from Gerhard Huber: Here is a selection of almost 10.000 pictures, like: 701 Phillipines, 356 Southern Korea, 424 China/Yunnan, 692 Syria, 595 Taiwan, 289 Botswana, 49 Almaty (Kasachstan), 82 Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), 373 Simbabwe, 215 Luxor and Gizeh, 875 Greece, 979 UAE, 1051 Northern Spain but also from Extremadura (436), 491 Turkey, 600 France, 297 Sweden, 350 Iceland, 778 Italy (including 578 from South Tyrol), 138 Greenland, 383 Jordania, 650 of Burma/Myanmar, 385 pictures of Uzbekistan, 115 pictures of Tajikistan, 326 pictures of Kyrgyzstan ... or look at the summary at Geography/Stories/Many_Pictures.
(4) The currently leading author of stories is certainly Günther Jontes. Just look at some of his reports from India or from Mongolia, Indonesia, or even Germany (The rats are back in Hameln, or the Bears in Berlin). However, there are also the reports by Hohmann on Yemen, on Australia by Dreher or as contrast look at the three very different stories on Canada on Deep snow skiing, on visiting Nunavut, or my text-only story on what prolonged cold periods mean! The USA stories are also as different in length, style and content as can be: 24 hours in Seattle; Elvis still lives; Exploring the Grand Canyon; Mesa Verde National Monument; or Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney!
(3) The Experimental laboratory allows hundreds of interesting investigations. Try "All countries" and then "Nobelprizes" and "Nobelprizes per one million"; then select the same, but the last two in reverse order. See the difference? And does Saint Lucia not surprise you?
(2) Many of the interactive visualizations are interesting. As a sample look at the population development and choose e.g. Austria, Armenia, Georgia, Lithuania. To see the full impact of the year 1990 select the radio button "Population growth rate"! Now go back to see the absolute numbers, delete Austria and click on Israel!
(1) Can you figure out why the desolate island of Nauru has 100% urbanization, and even Iceland is, it says, highly urbanized! Or can you figure out how come the landlocked country Austria has 4 seaports? If you find similar surprises, let us know by sending us a mail to office nospam@TUGraz.at @global-geography.org.