Where We Live: The New Cartography

The endless possibilities of Mapping in the 21st century

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Where We Live: Modern Mapping
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Where We Live: Modern Mapping

Since the days of great explorers, maps have served a very simple purpose, getting us from point A to point B (without falling off the edge of the earth, of course). 

But with the advent of digital mapping technologies, the form, function and potential of maps has been revolutionized.

Today we’ll explore the world of New Cartography that radically reshaping our lives and perception of the world around us. We’ll be joined by the head of the UCONN geography department and the Yale Map Collection’s GIS specialist, to learn how new technology can map everything from elections in Egypt, to real-time crisis response in Haiti, to the location of organic ice cream stores in your immediate area. 

But with all of this rapidly advancing technology, some other issues come up... In the 21stcentury, we’re are all cartographers, so how would you map your world?  



Maps with names of rivers

I remember..back in old days..paper maps used to have river names very clearly mentioned. However with these new tools like Google Maps and so on...I notice that names of rivers are not shown. For example, you zoom-in to New-York city maps ...the zoomed in image should show the name of river as "Hudson River" on the blue colored river water-body. However many time they don't show the name. Why don't these modern tools follow this practice?


Very good talk!!

Great Fun!

I had a great time doing the show, yesterday. Thanks to all the great callers and John for inviting me. Here are some links to some mapping projects I talked mentioned in the segment:

The OpenStreetMap Project:
Using "crowd-sourcing" to create a global, 100-year weather model from ships logs:
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Blog:
The New York Public Library's "Map Warper." Help "georeference" history.
The National Historic GIS (Census Data from 1790-2000):
NHGIS Historic Census Data in a user friendly mapping interface:
An amazing example of community mapping in the Kibera Neighborhood of Nairobi:
This site has (among much else) instructions on doing your own aerial photography with kites and balloons:

Thanks again for a great show, and feel free to get in touch with me through the Yale Map Collection's website!