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by Janet H. Spitz
I will describe our plan and progress to create a Central Cartographic Web Portal on the American Revolution Era, from 1750 to 1800. This curated database will provide broad access to primary source documents that includes the best and most informative printed and manuscript maps from collections in the U.S. and Europe. To date LMC has 900 maps available on-line from this Era, and expects to grow this resource to 2,500-3,000 documents. To complement our own strengths, the Central Cartographic Web Portal will include digitized maps from approximately 10 other leading collections including the British Library, the Library of Congress, the Richard Brown Collection, New York Public Library, William L. Clements Library, John Carter Brown Library, and the Newberry Library, as well as others to be negotiated during the planning phase. The theme of the American Revolutionary War Era will serve as a pilot of focused content and model for additional themes in future years. The thematic organization of the Central Cartographic Web Portal facilitates research by teachers who are looking for primary source materials, students of all ages, scholars and research communities, collectors, as well as the curious and general audiences.
by Tom Patterson and Daniel P. Huffman
The Natural Earth product line now includes two new raster datasets.Gray Earth: This monochromatic terrain introduces a new presentation technique: locally-enhanced hypsometric tints. Instead of using a linear scale to calculate elevation colors worldwide, as do traditional hypsometric tints, locally-enhanced tints are relative based on the elevation ranges of regions. As a result, the lower terrain that predominates Earth receives more emphasis and is easier to see.USGS National Atlas: Created through an interagency agreement, this classic-style Natural Earth relief/land cover complements National Atlas 1 million scale vector data. It includes the 50 US states, plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The dataset is large—the contiguous US measures nearly 50,000 pixels in width, more than 16 feet at 254 DPI—with each pixel representing 100 meters on the ground. I will discuss the new techniques and data sources needed to develop Natural Earth images at larger scale.
Over the last three years, Stanford University Libraries has undertaken a map scanning program that has three streams of content--scanning borrowed collections under our digital philanthropy project, creating digital surrogates of maps that we purchase and systematically scanning items that we already own. Together, they come under an umbrella program called Project Ortelius. My presentation speaks to some of details of this project, including content identification, transportation protocols, scanning methodology and deposit into the Stanford Digital Repository and finally available for searching, viewing and downloading in the our main catalog, SearchWorks. In conclusion I will allude to some of the plans to make available and showcase this content in the near future.
by Tom Patterson and Nathaniel V. KELSO
In the four years since Natural Earth was released with vectors, a lot has changed and usage has skyrocketed. Let's review vector improvements, highlight overlooked gems, and brainstorm about the future.
Project Linework is a library of handcrafted vector linework for cartography, each set designed in a unique aesthetic style. It’s meant to break us away from the default line paths that we so often rely on, by providing some more visually-interesting and stylized alternatives. I'll discuss the Project's motivations, and show off a few example maps featuring different linework sets. I'll also attempt to encourage you to make use of it in your own work, and to think about contributing.
by Tsering Wangyal Shawa
Princeton University Library started a map scanning project in 2003, and so far over 28,000 maps have been scanned. This presentation will describe what scanning standards and software packages we used and how we processed and uploaded the scanned maps on our production and archive servers. The focus of this presentation is to describe a workflow of map scanning at Princeton University Library.
Whether you personally edit OpenStreetMap or not, it can be an excellent source of data for your cartographic products. It can provide everything from coastlines and parks to roads, bike lanes, coffee shops, and much more. In fact, nonprofits, private companies, and even governments use OSM data for their maps right now, and their numbers increase every day. In this talk, I will present a few different tools that can help you download and process OpenStreetMap data for use in your paper and web mapping projects. I will also go over the basics of how to interpret the OSM tagging system and provide an OSM tag translation for a list of common features that you may want to use.
I will give an overview of the state of large-scale topographic mapping of all of the territory in the Western Hemisphere south of the United States (primarily Latin America). This includes national and colonial maps as well as American and Russian military maps. Also included will be the use of some online free resources and the importance of indexes. The ease or difficulty of data acquisition will be discussed. Formats (paper and digital) and copyright concerns will be addressed, as well as currency of the maps.
by AJ Ashton
OpenStreetMap is a fast growing project to create the best free and open
map of the world. Recently the iD editor project was launched to
provide simple and enjoyable way to learn to edit and contribute data to
OSM. Already translated to more than a dozen languages and shipping
with an engaging interactive tutorial, this talk will provide a
practical introduction to using iD and discuss when to use iD versus the
other OSM editors."
"It is an exciting time to be a cartographer. There are presently more tools, techniques, and technologies for creating maps than ever before. The list of options is only growing, as new software is becoming
available by the day. With so many cartographic tools to choose from, mapmakers new and old may be daunted by the task of selecting the right tool for the job. Where does one begin? Which libraries are best suited to visualization? Which are best for analysis? Where are the overlaps?
This talk will broadly cover some of the most popular mapping software currently available, highlighting the strengths and potential weaknesses of each. Mapping software will be discussed within the contexts of
visualization, analysis, desktop/mobile, and cloud-based solutions. Positioning mapping software in this way will prepare you to navigate the labyrinth of libraries and identify the tools that best align with
your project goals.
by Jo Ashley and Leanne Trimble
The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is a consortium of twenty-one university libraries in the province of Ontario, Canada that collaborates through collective purchasing and shared digital information infrastructure. OCUL’s new Scholars GeoPortal service (http://geo.scholarsportal.info) uses Esri software to provide a set of online tools for identifying, exploring, and downloading licensed geospatial datasets for academic research and study in Ontario. The challenges of cartographic representation in an online portal environment were one of the major considerations in the development of Scholars GeoPortal. This session will introduce the GeoPortal’s interface and discuss our attempts to ‘stay true’ to commonly accepted cartographic conventions within a dynamic user interface, with hundreds of datasets available to overlay on the map view (in sometimes unexpected ways). These challenges are central to the discussion of the importance of cartography in web GIS.
Got some data? Want to make an interactive web map? Sure, you can rely on some point-and-click application for an automatic (and sub-optimal) solution--but what fun is that? No, you're here because you are a do-it-yourselfer who wants to know how to get the most design flexibility and make the coolest possible mash-up. This session will get you going with a lightning start-to-finish example using the open-source Leaflet mapping library that knocks the GUIs out of the game.
The University of Florida’s Map & Imagery Library has spent years collecting terabytes of geospatial data from all over the world. However, patrons can only find and use data if the library provides them adequate access. So then, what is the best way to provide patrons access to huge, complex geospatial datasets? How can that data be made easily-searchable, viewable, and download-able? What interface works best for a variety of users and multiple types of geospatial data? The University of Florida has come together with the data provider East View to try and solve these issues by developing an innovative geovisualization and access tool.
CartoDB is a powerful, flexible, and beautiful solution for making maps and integrating geospatial data on the web. The platform is built on open source technologies and allows user to go from a spreadsheet to a beautiful, fully interactive map published on the web in seconds. It has been built for speed without ever losing sight of aesthetics; CartoDB users create some of the most interesting and beautiful maps on the web. A fundamental advantage of using CartoDB is that it is built for dynamic data. This means that if you want your maps to change when you update or add new data to your datasets, CartoDB works perfectly.
The purpose of this presentation will be to introduce you to the diversity CartoDB use-cases. We will show you how flexible CartoDB can be by demonstrating basic to advanced techniques for creating beautiful maps quickly. The presentation will be useful to both those that have never used CartoDB previously and to those that have already started using the platform but would like to learn more.
There are massive collections of scanned maps. But how can you manage them and make them accessible? This presentation will introduce the mosaic dataset that enables the management of large collections of imagery, including scanned maps. Mosaic datasets enable the referencing of the imagery along with associated metadata as well as processes on how to georeference and enhance the imagery. These mosaic datasets can be directly used in ArcGIS for Desktop or served as an image service to a wide range of desktop and web applications. Best practice workflows for working with scanned maps, including georeferencing and the virtual clipping of collar, will be presented.
MapBox provides an easy web interface for creating global custom basemaps and for sharing them online. Basemap features like language, color palettes, opacity, and place of interest markers can be adjusted on the OpenStreetMap-based streets layer and combined with terrain and gorgeous imagery. Because rendering is done dynamically any edits you make to OpenStreetMap will show up within minutes, allowing your customized basemaps to be a living canvas for data you overlay. This talk with demo these features and practical uses for them.
Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform provides a well-designed foundation for GIS users and the public to create beautiful maps using professional cartography. These maps can be used within online applications and templates that are expertly crafted to facilitate simple, logical and intuitive geographic stories.We will showcase some of the templates that are specifically designed for storytelling, how to use them and why you or your clients might want to utilize them. These apps encourage better cartography through well thought-out design and through intuitive interfaces.
Within the past decade, marine spatial planning efforts have gained momentum, especially in the realm of offshore renewable energy. The increased interest led to a need for authoritative ocean data and a place to house it. MarineCadastre.gov was developed to fulfill this need through a partnership between the NOAA Coastal Services Center (Department of Commerce) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Department of the Interior). The website was designed to support offshore renewable energy siting, but it’s also being used for other ocean-related efforts. MarineCadastre.gov is an integrated marine information system that provides data, tools, and technical support for ocean and Great Lakes planning. Most of the project effort focuses on data discovery, delivery, and access. The data, which come from a variety of data partners, are compiled into a data registry, the website’s National Viewer, and the map gallery.
QGIS is a user friendly open source GIS desktop project. It runs on linux, mac, and windows computers and has a very strong user community. This versatile GIS Desktop software can be used to display vector and raster data (multiple data formats) to perform a complex analysis as well as create a cartographic product that can be exported to PDF, multiple image formats, and printed maps.
ArcGIS 10.2 includes additional and improved functionality for cartography. In this demonstration, I introduce enhancements to the software for mapmaking, including labeling, symbology, map elements, data management, and exporting. Improvements to the ArcGIS for Desktop interface are also shown.
by Tristan Lyttle
This presentation will demonstrate and discuss a number of creative and interesting methods for working with GIS map data and spatial imagery in the Adobe creative environment. Included in the presentation will be the use of Adobe Photoshop on DEM data to generate shaded relief and 3D models, how to easily and quickly georeference a non-referenced map in Adobe Illustrator, how to convert Adobe Illustrator artwork to shapefiles and other GIS data formats, creating interactive Flash and HTML5 maps in Adobe Illustrator and generating geospatial PDF map documents.
by Miles Barger
We at the US National Park Service were recently asked to create a block diagram of the Grand Staircase, a major geologic feature in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. While today's software makes it possible to create sophisticated-looking 3D products by importing data, fiddling with a few settings, and hitting GO, these push-button solutions often lack the clarity, generalization, and selective enhancement that are the hallmarks of a successful diagram. To create our final product, we paired the ease and efficiency of computer-generated 3D scenes with the advantages of manual methods. In this presentation, I'll explore our process, demonstrating a workflow that combines techniques in Natural Scene Designer, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator into an integrated whole.
by Carolyn Fish
Development of iconic point symbols that characterize incidents of a wide variety is often very difficult. Designers struggle with developing pictorial images with strict constraints. These types of graphics need to convey often complicated themes within just a few pixels. Symbol sets also must allow users to differentiate between the various point designs while still maintaining a similar look and feel across the entire set. This talk will introduce the process of creating pictorial symbols by introducing: great resources to give designers a starting point, technological tips for designing and displaying point symbols on maps, and simple modes for testing point symbols for accurate comprehension during projects with strict time constraints.
by Tim Wallace
If a breaking news graphic is to be published while its content is salient, there's no time to waffle over design. Immediate decisions must be made and quick action taken. This talk will discuss how the graphics department at The New York Times turns around breaking news graphics for print and the Web.
9th–12th October 2013