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Maps and Cartography

California as an Island – Map Collection Now Online

Stanford has announced that the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection of California as an Island is now available online.  Glen McLaughlin collected almost 800 maps specifically about California as an island over a period of 40 years.  The maps were acquired by Stanford University in December of 2011 and is the largest known […]

Maps and Cartography

Cartographic Resources

Cartographic Resources

Learn how to really display your spatial information and create well designed, informative maps. Access this collection of resources on how to display colors, create an amazing layout, and what information to show. Cartographic Design and Map Making What’s in a Map? What really makes a map? Find out the […]

GIS Learning

GIS 101: Learn About GIS

GIS 101: Learn About GIS

GIS is a multi-faceted discipline built that incorporates a variety of technologies and concepts. To really understand the capabilities of GIS, it is important to learn cartography, spatial and statistical analysis, database management, and programming. Looking to get started in GIS?  This GIS 101 page is the launch page for […]

Maps and Cartography

Homeschool Cartography Courses

If you live near Portland, Maine and have homeschooled children, there is a cartography course being offered through the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education of the University of Southern Maine.  The four-part homeschooling cartography course is offered at two levels: intermediate for children aged 10-12 and secondary […]

Maps and Cartography

American Mapmaking

AmericanMapmaking.com is a virtual exhibit of American maps from the late 18th century.  Created by antique map dealer, Boston Rare Maps, the  virtual tour is styled after the Harvard Maps Collection exhibit is entitled “Toward a National Cartography: American Mapmaking, 1782-1800” and seeks to explore the evolution of cartography after […]

Maps and Cartography

To North Arrow or Not to North Arrow

To North Arrow or Not to North Arrow

I started my GIS education back when hand cartography was still a course offered at UCLA.  My early teachers drilled into me the standard of adding a title, north arrow, and scale bar automatically to all maps.  The GIS manager at a place where I first worked was adamant that […]

Maps and Cartography

Ten Things to Consider When Making a Map

Ten Things to Consider When Making a Map

What makes a good map?  When done well, a map is a vehicle for effective communication.  There are many cartographic principles to help guide effective map making.  Below are ten common considerations that all cartographers should incorporate as part of their map making process.  This list isn’t meant to be […]