cartography

RESOURCE URL: Blank Map Website

July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

For all of you out there who scour Google images for a good base map, I am happy to let you in on a little secret: http://d-maps.com This independant map lover created a library of outline maps for your saving enjoyment in multiple formats; SVG, GIF, PDF, CDR, AI, and WMF. Not only does he provide various different map perspectives and scales, he also provides around 34 different blank map types for you to play around with. I love how the website is designed to show you the different hierarchy of maps to choose from, starting with a basic “coastal outline” map all the way to the most complex option of “hydrography, states, main towns, and color”. Rollover each thumbnail for details.   These maps are clean, free, and very teacher-friendly. My favorite format to work with is the CDR (Corel Draw) or SVG files which are vectorized and allows for me to easily edit them in Adobe Illustrator. Once you bring in the SVG file into Illustrator, you can ungroup the [...]

NEWS via Mashable: Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea A cartographer at work, circa 1930.IMAGE: VINTAGE IMAGES/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES BY COLIN DAILEDA1 DAY AGO Much of the world is watching how the high-stakes tug-of-war over Crimea will play out, but few groups of professionals are more invested than cartographers. Cartographers are tasked with mapping the political dimensions of the globe. That means when a piece of land switches ownership between countries, it’s their job to decide whether they want to make that change official. The latest debate for this small but influential club is centered on Crimea, the once-autonomous region of Ukraine that voted on March 16 to become a part of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to annex the peninsula, and it now must be approved by the Russian parliament. On Wednesday, the Ukrainian governmentannounced it was pulling out its troops. But Western nations including the United States, the U.K., and Germany, have not [...]

NEWS via FCW.com: Why Maps Matter

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why maps matter By Frank Konkel Mar 17, 2014 People used to use maps so they wouldn’t get lost. But in recent years, access to the Global Positioning System and the proliferation of mobile technology have made paper-based maps almost irrelevant. Unless you’re in uncharted territory, it’s hard to get lost anymore. Basic geography is as easy as inputting an address and letting your mobile phone tell you how to get there. And as mapping technology advances, it allows for far more than foolproof directions. Federal agencies now use geospatial data, geo-analytics and multi-layered maps for myriad purposes, including gathering intelligence, predicting disease outbreaks and sharing data pools with the public. The allure of mapping lies in its intuitiveness. Even simple “dots on a map can be a powerful way to see trends in data,” said Josh Campbell, geographic information system architect for the Humanitarian Information Unit at the State Department. “Maps [...]

NEWS via Telegraph: The maps which explain the Ukraine crisis

March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The maps which explain the Ukraine crisis As Russia and Ukraine come ever closer to blows over Crimea, we explain, using maps, the issues at stake 10:35AM GMT 04 Mar 2014 Ukranian and Russian Military Balance Ukraine’s regular army has only 65,000 soldiers, compared with almost 300,000 deployed in Russia’s western and southern military districts, which border Ukraine. Russia also has an established military presence inside the Ukrainian region of Crimea, centred around the Black Sea Fleet base at the port of Sevastopol. These forces have now fanned out across Crimea and seized de facto control of the territory. EU gas dependency The three pipelines that carry gas across Ukraine to Poland and Slovakia and on to the EU. Trade sanctions are unpopular among European countries, which are heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas. Europe gets 40 per cent of its natural gas from Russia. Germany is particularly reluctant to get into a sanctions war since it imports more than a [...]

NEWS via Time: This Map Shows Where in the U.S. You Have the Highest Chance of Getting Struck by Lightning

March 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

This Map Shows Where in the U.S. You Have the Highest Chance of Getting Struck by Lightning PSA of the day By Olivia B. Waxman @OBWaxFeb. 28, 2014 Today, Atlantic Cities points out that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has published a map of lightning strikes in the U.S. According to the description of the map in the Google Maps Gallery, the map is organized by county and represents incidents over “the years 1995-2000 and 2001-2009.” The darker the shade of red, the more “events” have occurred, and the map breaks down each county’s data in terms of total number of injuries, fatalities, cost of property damage, and cost of crop damage. Read more: Lightning Map by USGS Shows Where You’re Most Likely to Get Struck | [...]

NEWS via Al Jazeera: How the North Ended up on Top of the Map

February 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

How the north ended up on top of the map by Nick Danforth @ajam February 16, 2014 A cartographic history of what’s up McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World.Flickr A world map drawn by the Moroccan cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi for King Roger of Sicily, 1154. Wikipedia Why do maps always show the north as up? For those who don’t just take it for granted, the common answer is that Europeans made the maps and they wanted to be on top. But there’s really no good reason for the north to claim top-notch cartographic real estate over any other bearing, as an examination of old maps from different places and periods can confirm. The profound arbitrariness of our current cartographic conventions was made evident by McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World, an iconic “upside down” view of the world that recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Launched by Australian Stuart McArthur on Jan. 26, 1979 (Australia Day, naturally), this map is supposed to [...]

INTERACTIVE: Racial Dot Maps via: University of Va.

February 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Racial Dot Map One Dot Per Person for the Entire United States Created by Dustin Cable, July 2013 Access and Use Policy Link to Full Screen Map The Map | The Dots | Weird Colors? | Rural Areas | Dots Located in Parks and Lakes? | Data Sources | Methodology Download a High Resolution Image of the U.S. Racial Dot Map (33 MB) Please read the Access and Use Policy, which describes how this map can be used and how it should be cited. NEW: You can see the new Congressional Dot Map project with election results here. The Map This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. The map displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual’s race and ethnicity. The map is presented in both [...]

NEWS via CNN: 7 Things you Probably Didn’t know about Maps

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

7 things you probably didn’t know about maps By Frances Cha, CNN February 3, 2014 — Updated 1011 GMT (1811 HKT) London-based map dealer Daniel Crouch shares a few unusual or rare maps from a recent exhibition in Hong Kong. According to Crouch, maps of BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are rising in popularity among map collectors. This 17th-century map of China is a double-page hand-colored engraved map published in 1665 by John Speed. STORY HIGHLIGHTS “Paper towns” were fake places added to maps by mapmakers in order to dupe forgers into copying them The world’s best map collection is in Paris, says map dealer Daniel Crouch Maps of BRIC nations are popular in the collecting world right now (CNN) — Maps can be beautiful and good ones can be great investments. But what collectors often find most entrancing about maps are how they provide portals into history. The rise and fall of cities, the charting of war and adventure, the promise [...]

RESOURCE via Metropolis Mag: These Maps Show How Subway Maps Twist Urban Reality

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

These Maps Show How Subway Maps Twist Urban Reality Komal Sharma A new project by historian Benjamin M. Schmidt reveals how wrong subway maps really are. Courtesy Benjamin M. Schmidt It’s not a secret that our subway maps distort the geographies of the metropoles they claim to represent. When we traverse a city everyday with an MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority NY) or WMATA map (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority), our conception of the city—its boundaries, expanses—easily becomes scrambled. For instance, both Washington’s dense inner core and its spread-out outskirts are all shown on the same scale. In a grid city like Manhattan there might be some semblance of similarity, but in most other cities, reality on the ground is completely different. A new project developed at Northeastern University tackles these problems head on. Benjamin M. Schmidt, a professor of history, has designed interactive digital maps of Boston, New York and Washington that [...]

RESOURCE: Adventures in mapping | TED Playlist

February 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

See on Scoop.it – Advanced Human Geography Maps don’t just tell you which street to turn left on. Maps convey information that shapes our lives, deepen our understanding of problems and our ability to create solutions, and whisk our imaginations to new lands. See what we mean, below. TheHumanImprint‘s insight: Contemporary cartography in practice. See on [...]
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