A Mexican government funded commission is moving to distribute 70,000 maps to aid people trying to cross into the US. They will feature water cache locations, show transportation routes, and locations of rescue beacons. Although I’m not an expert, this is one of the first instances I’ve heard of a government using mapping to help
If so you may be interested in the spanish speaking blog La Cartoteca. From the entries that I have ‘read’ (my spanish teacher would be sad) so far La Cartoteca seems to focus on cartography with some general geography and miscellaneous content for good measure. Alejandro Polanco Masa, the blog author also has another interesting
One of the main issues in geospatial technologies today is the quality of the output whether it be for a presentation, map in a document or a poster. The underlying issue is the lack of training in digital cartographic concepts, the art that enables the user to convey the science. In Making Maps: A Visual
One of our listeners, Jody, emailed us a link to ColorBrewer, an online tool to help people select color schemes for maps. It uses a flash-based map to demonstrate how changing colors affects the look of a map and how that impacts the information being represented. It’s a nice tool to give a user an
A cartogram is a map that distorts geographic boundaries based on different values of a variable. So, if smaller areas have higher values, they will be deliberately distorted to look bigger. Here is an example of the world map distorted based on population. It was done by ODT, Inc. which produces alternate views of map,
A student in the UK has mapped the London Tube system using time as his base of measure, not distance. While his approach isn’t exactly novel, it is interesting, especially coming from a non GIS background.
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
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
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.