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April 30, 2010

Hand-Drawn Maps

Wonderful hand-drawn maps from firefighters, club-hoppers, Boy Scout dads, grandmothers, and Alexander Calder

from Slate:

"Last month, I asked Slate readers to send me their hand-drawn maps. The request was part of my series on signs, the tools that professionals use to orient us and direct us from point A to point B. But official signs aren't the only things that help us get around. Since early man first drew on his cave wall--including marks that some scholars argue were maps of local rivers and settlements--we've been sketching out routes to guide one another to the market and to the mountain top."

April 23, 2010

Geography Department News!

The new edition of The Minnesota Geographer is out with news, faculty profiles and more!

New Maps in the Rumsey Online Collection

764 new maps and images recently added to the David Rumsey Collection

from the website:

Included are John Cary's 1790 Survey of the High Roads From London - an early use of strip road maps, the Atlas Classique De La Geographie - an 1839 teaching atlas by C.V. Monin with Monin's version of the classic Mountains and Rivers plate by Bulla, and Rand McNally's monumental 1924 Commercial Atlas Of America, with some of the most detailed early highway maps of the U.S. along with extensive railroad coverage at a time when the new highway system was beginning to challenge railroads as the most important transportation network in America. Also included are over 240 separate wall maps, case maps, pocket maps, or charts which are distinguished by their large physical size (often over 8 feet in the long dimension), requiring special photographic and software processes to create accurate digital images, resulting in very large digital files - but large map images can be examined and explored as easily as smaller map images, using zooming and panning features, and the amount of cartographic information in the larger maps is much greater. Highlights of this group of maps include Rand McNally's massive thirteen sheet Shippers' Railroad Map of the United States 1891 (12x20 feet, over 10GB file size), nine issues of Mitchell's Reference and Distance Map of the United States from 1834 to 1846 (group shown includes a tenth issue already online), Joseph Scheda's 20 sheet richly detailed map of the Austrian Empire in Central Europe in 1856 (5GB file size), and more.

April 14, 2010

Earth Knowledge

Check out EarthKnowledge for interactive maps on many topics including Water, Climate, Land and even the Haiti earthquake.

From the website:

"Earth Knowledge develops innovative ways to provide earth and environmental "Information for Sound Decisions" for government agencies, business and community leaders, scientists, public institutions, and the consumer. Frank and Julia D'Agnese began Earth Knowledge out of their belief that communities and businesses can thrive while concurrently taking care of the environment."

April 8, 2010

Maps as art!

Ever thought about using maps to create art? Check this out...

From the BLDGBLOG:

"Artist Shannon Rankin does amazing things with maps. Treating them as mere pieces of decorated paper to be manipulated--clipping out spirals, folding crevassed roses of ridges and faultlines, pinning up confetti-like clouds of circles and zigzags--she creates "new geographies, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape.""

April 5, 2010

Political Cartographic Manipulations

Did you miss the 2010 GIS Career & Networking Fair? If so, you missed a great presentation titled "Persuasive Maps" by University of Minnesota Ph.D. graduate Ian Muehlenhaus.

But not to worry, thanks to the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, you can read his dissertation online: Lost in visualization: using quantitative content analysis to identify, measure, and categorize political cartographic manipulations

Be sure to check out Chapter Seven of the dissertation for great reading on different categories of Political Cartographic Manipulations...