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.

Photozincography: Advances in Cartography

Swing base and copy board form Photo-mechanical processes : a practical guide to photo-zincography, photo-lithography, and collotype (1897)Swing base and copy board form Photo-mechanical processes : a practical guide to photo-zincography, photo-lithography, and collotype (1897)

Photozincography, or heliozincography, was a revolutionary way of copying photographic negatives onto zinc to be used for map making, outlines, engravings, and the reproduction of images.

Crowdsourced Maps With Wikia Maps

Recipes of the World on Wikia Maps.Recipes of the World on Wikia Maps.

Harnessing the power of technology, crowdsourcing data and maps draws upon a large group of people from all over the globe in order to pull together ideas, content, or services, and those who take part in are mostly volunteers. A good example of geographic data crowdsourcing is OpenStreetMap, a collaborative [...]

A Look At Epson’s New Generation of Large-Format Color Printers

A Look At Epson's New Generation of Large-Format Color PrintersEpsom's SureColor T-Series of large format color printers.

Timed with this year’s Esri International User Conference, Epson has announced the second generation of its SureColor T-Series of large format color printers.  Epson has focused improvements to its printer series towards architects, engineers and GIS professionals.  I had a chance to speak with Timothy Check, Project Manager at Epson [...]

Map Traps: Intentional Mapping Errors to Combat Plagiarism

Map Traps: Intentional Mapping Errors to Combat PlagiarismThe top map is by the Ordnance Survey of the UK town of Basinstoke. The bottom map shows the AA version of the same locale. From a scanned newspaper article about the case.

When cartographers create maps, it is usually with the intention of being as accurate as possible. After all, when humans consult maps, they want to know where an exact location is and how they can get there. In the past, though, mapmakers have been known to slip in what are [...]

Explore Maps of the United States from 1884 to 2006

Explore Maps of the United States from 1884 to 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey and Esri are working together to make over 178,000 maps of the United States available to the public via an online map explorer.  The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer lets users browse the extensive collection of scanned maps.  Since its official launch in September of 2011, the USGS has led an effort [...]