Maps and Cartography

Profiling interesting maps and geography items. Also listed in this category are articles relating to cartography (aka map making) and cartographic techniques.


You Are Here: Data Visualizations at the Hyperlocal Level

Filed in Maps and Cartography by on April 11, 2014
You Are Here: Data Visualizations at the Hyperlocal Level

The Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab has launched an ambitious hyperlocal cartography project called “You Are Here” which has a goal to produce 100 maps showing a slice of life in 100 various U.S. cities (for a total of 10,000 maps).  The project is starting out with launching one map per day with the goal of […]

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The World’s First Scratch and Sniff Interactive Story Map

Filed in Maps and Cartography by on April 1, 2014
The World’s First Scratch and Sniff Interactive Story Map

What’s April 1st without a little map trickery? Last year, Google had cartophiles hunting for lost treasure.  This year, Google Maps is inviting users of  iPhone or Android devices to become a Pokémon Master. Scratch and Sniff Interactive Story Map Also making its debut on April 1, Esri has finally figured out a way to incorporate the sense of […]

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How Cartographers Respond to Border Changes

Filed in Maps and Cartography by on March 15, 2014
How Cartographers Respond to Border Changes

The recent conflict in Crimea has brought to the forefront the process by which mapmakers respond to border changes.  The outcome of an upcoming referendum could switch Crimea from Ukrainian to Russian control. Julie Johnson from Bloomberg News has a short article about when and how cartographers update maps when borders change. Johnson noted that […]

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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Filed in Maps and Cartography by on February 25, 2014
Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.

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Hyperlocal Mapping in Syria

Filed in Maps and Cartography by on February 25, 2014
Hyperlocal Mapping in Syria

A brand new start up, First Mile Geo, which specializes in developing GIS tools for research in developing countries, has helped analyze and map out the Syrian conflict at the neighborhood level in the country’s largest city, Aleppo.  In order to create a report commissioned by the American Security Project, Caerus Associates, a research firm based out […]

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