A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 28
January 29, 2006
Main Topic: Community GIS
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Main Topic: Political Geography.Ã‚Â News: Stardust, New Horizons, and GeoEye.
Main Topic: Interview with Peter Morville. News: NGTOC update, Leica 9.0, Stardust project
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A VerySpatial Podcast half-year episode featuring interview with Peter Morville
Morgantown, WV, January 13, 2006 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ VerySpatial, LLC
VerySpatial, LLC is pleased to announce that we have reached the 26th episode of A VerySpatial Podcast, which features an interview with Peter Morville, noted author and information scientist. A VerySpatial Podcast premiered with its first episode on Geography and geospatial technologies in July 2005. The podcast is intended to be a weekly source of information that is supported by a blog accessible at http://veryspatial.com. A VerySpatial Podcast has continued to grow over the last half year and now reaches a global audience of listeners.
The featured guest for Episode 26, Peter Morville, is the author of Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become (2005) and co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-scale Web Sites (2002) both from OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly Media, Inc.
The half-year anniversary episode is not the first interview with a prominent individual from the geospatial community as we have been joined in the past by Rick Lawson, of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. and Dr. Tim Warner, a remote sensing specialist from West Virginia University. VerySpatial looks forward to continuing to provide news, discussion, and interviews on a wide range of topics related to Geography and geospatial technologies.
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VerySpatial, LLC is committed to providing information on Geography and geospatial technologies through audio and web-based technologies. Formed in 2005, VerySpatial, LLC is located in Morgantown, WV.
Main Topic: Importance of Professional Organizations. News: CES, OGC WPS, Landsat.
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 Guide to Map Design for GIS, John Krygier and Denis Wood, both well published Geographers and Cartographers, are cognizant of this duality and have presented a unique mix of visual example and explanatory text that introduces readers to the basic concepts of creating effective maps.
The first impression, before you even begin to read this book, as you are leafing through, is that the authors had a specific objective: to introduce the reader to map design. This is conveyed in the text of course, but the layout of the book is as much an exercise in, and example of, design as the content inside. From chapter headers to the figure layout and captioning, the content works to blend form with function in a way that makes it obvious that this book is separate from most of the current texts on map making. This is definitely an example of practice what you preach.
The actual text may seem overly simplistic at first, especially if you are familiar with cartography texts by MacEachren, Kraak, and others; however, this is deceptive as the format and organization the authors chose allow the reader to get to the heart of the information in an informal yet effective style. In all honesty I was quite critical when I began the book but quickly came to enjoy the book because of its minimal text and graphical approach to the subject matter.
Overall, Making Maps will make a strong textbook for digital cartography classes and a useful text for those of us who have been struggling with map design for representing our analyses. Even seasoned GIS professionals and cartographers will find useful information and design tips in the book. It is almost worth picking up for the glowing cover blurb that Anne Knowles provides alone. The one wish that I have is that it would be great to have a companion CD or website for the book, which could present interactive examples and more examples in color.