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.


Join MapLift to Help Fix Maps on Wikipedia

The North American Cartographic Information Society and the FixWikiMaps Project are organizing the first ever MapLift from August 28th through September 4th this year.  MapLift is a program to identify and fix bad, outdated, or incomplete maps on Wikipedia.  Volunteers are being solicited to help with the program.  Those interested can signup via the MapLift signup […]

A hexagon tile grid map, a square tile grid map, and a standard choropleth map. From Let’s Tesselate: Hexagons For Tile Grid MapsA hexagon tile grid map, a square tile grid map, and a standard choropleth map. From Let’s Tesselate: Hexagons For Tile Grid Maps

Tile Grid Maps

One issue with choropleth maps is that geographic areas that are small in area can oftentimes become indecipherable when viewed on a small scale map.  Take for example, a map of the United States.  The states located in the New England region are far smaller in size than states along the Western […]

Downtown view of the Memphis Map for Elvis Fans by Alan and Andrea Grossman with hand-drawn illustrations.Downtown view of the Memphis Map for Elvis Fans by Alan and Andrea Grossman with hand-drawn illustrations.

Paper Maps Refuse to Die in the Digital Age

In today’s era of digital maps, the use of paper maps might seem a bit antiquated. When Google Maps are easily accessible through any computer, tablet, or smartphone, pulling out a paper map appears to be as old-fashioned as using a rotary telephone or listening to a vinyl record. There […]

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: Advances in Cartography

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.

Epsom's SureColor T-Series of large format color printers.

A Look At Epson’s New Generation 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 […]

The 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.

Map Traps: Intentional Mapping Errors to Combat Plagiarism

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 […]