Maps and Cartography


GIS Learning

The default style for the Ordnance Survey (top) as compared to the new color blind friendly scheme (bottom).

Making Color Blind Friendly Maps

It’s estimated that about 7% of males are color blind in some form (as compared with 0.4% of females).   While a very small percentage don’t see color at all, the most common form of color blindness is the inability to differentiate red and green colors.  One area that color […]

Maps and Cartography

Charlie's Angels, 2009 Maps, book pages, Folger's coffee, ink, on wood panel

Map Collages

Artist Matthew Cusick turns bits and pieces of old maps into amazing art with his map collages.  The maps are intricately pieced together into works of art.  The end result is amazing with collages that capture incredible detail and, from afar, look like paintings.  Cusick uses no color aside from […]

Maps and Cartography

Mapping Through the Ages: The History of Cartography

The fascination and interest for the world that we inhabit, has been inherent to human nature since prehistoric times. Some of the cave paintings and other representations on bones and artifacts, which used to be viewed as mere artistic representations, have turned to be, according to the latest investigations, maps […]

GIS Software

Accessing Directions and Mapping Via Mobile Phone Growing in Popularity

Accessing Directions and Mapping Via Mobile Phone Growing in Popularity

The use of accessing directions and maps via mobile phone is rising in the United States.  A market study by comScore found that 14% of mobile phone users acquired directions from their phones during the month of April.  That percentage represents 33.5 million users and is a 44% increase over […]

GIS Learning

Geospatial Data Preservation

Geospatial Data Preservation

The Library of Congress and Columbia University are teaming up to create a a web-based clearinghouse with the purpose of providing information about preserving geospatial data.  The Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program will fund the development of the clearinghouse which will be hosted at Columbia’s […]