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New York Subway Track Map

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:50:41 +0000

Last year I told you about Andrew Lynch’s posters of individual New York subway lines. Now Lynch has created something that will be of interest to anyone who likes the London Underground’s track network map or Franklin Jarrier’s detailed rail maps: a geographically accurate subway track map for New York City, which can be downloaded as a PDF … Continue reading "New York Subway Track Map"

Mapping Bristol

Tue, 09 May 2017 12:50:35 +0000

A wide-ranging article at Bristol 24/7 explores at the different ways that Bristol has been mapped throughout history. It begins with a look at Jeff Bishop’s 2016 book, Bristol Through Maps (Redcliffe), which includes 24 maps of the city from 1480 to today. Then it goes on to Bristol City Council’s Know Your Place, which layers historic maps … Continue reading "Mapping Bristol"

Children Map the World, Volume 4

Tue, 02 May 2017 22:34:41 +0000

So it turns out that the Children Map the World series, which collects entries from the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition, is still a going concern: the fourth volume, which includes 50 maps drawn by children aged 5 to 15 for the 2015 competition plus another 50 maps from previous competitions, came out last month … Continue reading "Children Map the World, Volume 4"

Mapping in the Enlightenment

Tue, 02 May 2017 22:20:32 +0000

Mapping in the Enlightenment: Science, Innovation, and the Public Sphere, an exhibition at the University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library, “uses examples from the Clements Library collection to tell the story of creating, distributing, and using maps during the long 18th century. Enlightenment thinking stimulated the effort to make more accurate maps, encouraged the … Continue reading "Mapping in the Enlightenment"

A Programming Note

Tue, 02 May 2017 13:00:19 +0000

Just to let you know that I’ll be moving house throughout the month of May; as a result, posts to The Map Room may be a bit more erratic and sporadic than normal this month. (Not that posts aren’t already erratic and sporadic, but you get the idea.)

Picturing Places and the Klencke Atlas

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:24:58 +0000

This week the British Library launched an online collection of digitized “topographical materials” (i.e., views of and writings about places) called Picturing Places. More than 500 items—paintings, prints, drawings, texts and yes, maps—so far, sorted by theme and with dozens of accompanying articles. Picturing Places demonstrates that topography involves far more than straightforward ‘pictorial evidence’ of what a … Continue reading "Picturing Places and the Klencke Atlas"

The Penguin Projection

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:35:14 +0000

“A world map tells a lot about the person who has made it, or about the market it is made for,” says Frans Blok. The edges of equatorial projections are determined so as to put the map’s audience at the centre of the map: European maps put the Bering Strait at the edges, Australian and Asian maps the … Continue reading "The Penguin Projection"

Maps and Empire: New Books

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:02:07 +0000

Three academic books out this month deal with the subject of mapping, surveying, and empire-building: The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence by S. Max Edelson (Harvard University Press) covers the period between the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution. From the publisher: Under orders from King George III to reform … Continue reading "Maps and Empire: New Books"

Whither the Waters

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:35:19 +0000

Out this month from the University of New Mexico Press: John L. Kessell’s Whither the Waters: Mapping the Great Basin from Bernardo de Miera to John C. Frémont, a relatively short book that places 18th-century colonial New Mexican artist and cartographer Bernardo de Miera in his historical context and explores how later cartographers made use of his work. The Santa … Continue reading "Whither the Waters"

Montreal’s Anglo Metro Map

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:04:03 +0000

Daniel Raillant-Clark’s map of Montréal’s Métro with anglicized station names (in most cases) is full of awful translations in both directions and puns in both languages (example: “Georges-Vanier” becomes “George Go Deny It” because va nier means go deny). To see what the hell this map is messing with, the real Métro map is here. [MTL Blog/Reddit]

Mapping the 2017 French Presidential Election (First Round)

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:53:35 +0000

France held the first round of its presidential election this past Sunday. Unlike U.S. presidential elections, it’s by popular vote, with the top two vote-getters moving on to a second round in two weeks’ time. The major candidates’ support was distributed unevenly around the country. Media organizations used several different methods to show this. The New York … Continue reading "Mapping the 2017 French Presidential Election (First Round)"

Drawing in Windows Maps

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:47:53 +0000

“Windows 10’s stock Maps app has a drawing tool that’s quite useful, especially if you have a Windows 10 touchscreen PC,” writes Matt Elliott at CNet. In addition to scribbling notes, you can draw a line between two points to get directions and measure the distance of a drawn route. My household is all-Apple so … Continue reading "Drawing in Windows Maps"

The 74 on Boston Schools and the Peters Map

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:21:13 +0000

Education news website The 74 has its own coverage of the Boston schools/Peters map controversy (is it safe to call it a controversy?), with extensive quotes from Matthew Edney, who does not mince words. (Comparing both projections to Comic Sans? Ouch.) [Caitlin Dempsey] Previously: More on Boston Schools and the Peters Map; The Peters Map Is Fighting the Last War; The … Continue reading "The 74 on Boston Schools and the Peters Map"

How Many Fake Business Listings Are There on Google Maps?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:08:25 +0000

Bogus business listings on Google Maps have been a thing for a while; a new research paper, authored by researchers at Google and the University of San Diego, tries to quantify the scale and scope of the problem. The New Scientist reports: To analyse the scope of this abuse, the group looked at over 100,000 listings that … Continue reading "How Many Fake Business Listings Are There on Google Maps?"

Travel Times in Helsinki

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:11:42 +0000

Lauri Vanhala wanted to figure out the best place to buy an apartment in Helsinki, so he built an interactive sort-of-isochrone map of the city. He explains: “I calculated the travel time from every address to every other address in Helsinki around 7:30-8:00am (about 30 billion searches total!). Then I calculated the (weighted) average travel … Continue reading "Travel Times in Helsinki"

Iceberg Finder

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:09:00 +0000

Iceberg Finder tracks icebergs around Newfoundland and Labrador, based on satellite imagery and on-the-ground (so to speak) reporting. It’s a project of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, which suggests that the bergs are seen more as tourist attractions than hazards to navigation.

Maps of Delhi

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:50:26 +0000

Pilar Maria Guerrieri’s Maps of Delhi, a collection of 66 maps from the 19th century to the present day, comes out from Niyogi Books in August. Nevertheless, the wire service IANS has an article about it now: it reveals how the book came about because the author wished it had been available when she began working on her doctorate. … Continue reading "Maps of Delhi"