Blogs about maps
A random collection of blog posts and bloggers on all things map and GIS Jul 19
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In the simplest sense of the word, a map is a spatial representation of something.
Stories are a very important aspect of our society, and storytelling is one of the things that make us uniquely human. Stories convey important knowledge about the world around us, often in a simplified yet dramatic fashion designed for maximum impact.
During multiple presentations throughout last week’s USGIF Community Week , I heard panelists, speakers and attendees going to great lengths to distinguish and characterize various disciplines within the DoD and Intelligence Communities as if they were somehow superior or independent from GEOINT , or more fundamentally, geography. These other disciplines are familiar to many, but most notably are SIGINT, MASINT, IMINT, HUMINT, OSINT and others. (a more complete list is found here ).
by Maria Popova An irreverent, artful antidote to GPS appification, or what the NYC subway has to do with tsunamis. Iconic designer Paula Scher is one of my big creative heroes, her thoughts on combinatorial creativity a perfect articulation of my own beliefs about how we create . Since the early 1990s, Scher has been creating remarkable, obsessive, giant hand-painted typographic maps of the world as she sees it, covering everything from specific countries and continents to cultural phenomena.
Field data collection is expensive in every sense of the word.
Lately there was a not much surprising news about Google products and services. Among other things Google has changed the Google Maps API use policy and will charge to those users that exceed some download limits. It is well known that Google Maps is one of the most (or the most) famous mapping service used around the net and it starts the web GIS revolution some years ago but hopefully it is not the only API we can use.
On Monday I gave a talk at a workshop in Edinburgh hosted by the Association for Geographic Information of Scotland. The workshop was titled “Apps, INSPIRE , and the New Economy” and took place at the British Geological Survey near Edinburgh University.
I just finished reading Mark Monmonier ‘s enjoyable book on “ How to Lie with Maps ” and thought I’d share some tidbits. Mark is the distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in New York. In writing this book, Mark wanted to “make readers aware that maps, like speeches and paintings, are authored collections of information and also are also subject to distortions arising from ignorance, greed, ideological blindness, or malice.” Note that this second edition was published in 1996.
Mark Monmonier has written yet another excellent book on maps. I relished and reviewed his earlier book on “ How To Lie with Maps ” and enjoyed this one even more on “ Spying with Maps .” I include below some short excerpts that I found particularly neat and interesting.
Posted on January 03, 2012 by Adam Lodge If I were a small city GIS manager
by Maria Popova What cartographic creativity has to do with the limitations of copyright law. More than a year ago, I featured BBC’s excellent program, The Beauty of Maps: Seeing Art in Cartography , at the time only viewable on BBC’s highly restrictive iPlayer.
Neatline, a project from the University of Virginia, demonstrates that digital history is about more than big data: It's about uncertainty, nuance, and meaning.
Google's vision for geospatial information: "We don't want a monoculture where there is just one map of the world. There never has been; there never will be." Google
When I heard DevelopmentSeed put in a proposal for the Knight News Challenge to make simple contribution tools for OpenStreetMap I was elated.
In our History of Information Organization infographic, we highlighted cartography as one of the earliest forms of conceptual communication.