Head over to Geoplace.com for a nice article from GeoWorld on the relationship between GIS and Cartography by Tony Daniels and Kapil Chhabra, which fits nicely with Jesse’s post below.
(Note: The link above was broken, but has been restored – 11/18/05)
So far this week we have talked about the main areas of consideration in Geography (physical and human) and the modern technologies that underpin them (GIS Day). Today we look at perhaps the oldest portion of geography, cartography. While not all cartographers are geographers, nor are all geographers cartographers, there is a deep symbiotic relationship that exists. Cartography has existed in some form since the beginning of what we know as human civilization, from the earliest abstract interpretations of space to modern near-real maps and data. Continue reading “GAW Day 4: Cartography”
After our podcast episode on cartography, John Krygier emailed us, and mentioned that CartoTalk might be a good resource for people interested in cartography and map design. It is a forum with over 250 members and topics include news, general discussions, a map gallery, and advice and tutorials.
Registrations is free, so if you’re interested in cartography, check it out.
As mentioned over at the Map Room, the movie pages for the upcoming The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe feature a map based on the great land of Narnia. Very similar to the maps of Middle Earth and other fictional worlds. A nice flash interface guides you to some of the locations of interest.
Moviefone: ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ Movie Map
Official Movie Site
Via The Map Room
Main topic: Digital cartography. News: ArcGIS Explorer, Metafunction, Student Satellite, Missing map
I have been bouncing around this week due to work and haven’t posted very much, but instead of filling up the page and RSS feed with a few notes all at once I am going to just touch on a few announcements in one post.
ESRI has released the proceedings from this past weeks Health GIS conference in Chicago
Who’s Responsible for Map Data from Adena
New Podcast from the Ordnance Survey
2006 ESRI Developer Summit
Oracle to offer free DB solution
The plan to close the USGS mapping center in Rolla, Missouri and move its operations to Denver has been put on hold after Missouri officials and legislators protested, and the decision will now be reviewed before any further action is taken
On Friday, an article at NY Times Online reported that the original map delineating the legal boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been missing since early 2003. And, to make matters worse, there are no known copies, no digitized GIS data, no scanned image, nothing. The USGS made a new map, but it apparently differs significantly from the original. The last person known to have seen the map was quoted as saying he did not believe the map was stolen, but only a few people knew where the map was stored. In any event, the new map has already been used as part of a measure to open the ANWR to drilling.
(Also blogged over at The Map Room and GeoCarta)
According to their website, ” The Green Map System (GMS) is a locally adaptable, globally shared framework for environmental mapmaking.”
Basically, it’s a collaborative worldwide project that is collecting Green Map projects together on one website and also offers tips and examples on using Green Maps in local community planning and education. They’ve already got an impressive list of projects from around the world (though many are still in progress or just started)
If you are interested in environmental issues and how geospatial technologies can be used, check out Greenmap.com
I saw a link to this article from Federal Computer Weekly over on The Map Room and, while a number of blogs, including ours, have previously covered the consolidation of USGS mapping activities in Denver, this article talks a little bit more about the implications of the move.