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The peer-production of religious references

Using data collected from a script that searches Google for keywords in user-generated kml files, I recently made a series of maps representing the geographies of four religious keywords (“Allah,” “Buddha,” “Hindu” and “Jesus”). In every case unique patterns emerge. As might be expected, the word “Hindu” is far more likely to appear in online representations of place tagged to the Indian Subcontinent than anywhere else in the world. References to “Allah” are similarly clustered in much of the Islamic world. The “Hindu” and “Allah” maps can be seen below, and the full set can be accessed over at the floatingsheep blog.