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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"

Map Art Exhibition in Mumbai

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:34:44 +0000

An exhibition of map-related art is taking place at the Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai, India. Curated by Meera Menezes, Here Be Dragons and Other Coded Landscapes features works by 11 artists; it runs until 31 May. More from the Hindustan Times. [Caitlin Dempsey]

Seeking Civilization: Map Art Exihibition in San Francisco

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:01:33 +0000

Seeking Civilization: Art and Cartography, an exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, “offers a timely re-contextualization of cartographic narrative in contemporary art and dialogue. Including works ranging from deconstructed colonial maps to neon light installations documenting personal journeys in search of love, these artworks direct us towards new reflections on citizenship, power and nationhood.” Featuring art by Michael … Continue reading "Seeking Civilization: Map Art Exihibition in San Francisco"

Picturing America

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:48:06 +0000

Meanwhile, at All Over the Map, Greg Miller has a look at another professor with another book: Stephen J. Hornsby, who curated an exhibition of American pictorial maps at the Osher Map Library last year, has published a book on the subject: Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps, out last month from University of Chicago … Continue reading "Picturing America"

William Rankin Profiled

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:32:00 +0000

Over at the Toynbee Prize Foundation’s Global History Forum, Timothy Nunan has a long article about Yale history of science professor William Rankin, author of last year’s After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century (book website, publisher, Amazon, iBooks) and the themes—the shifting relationship between map and territory, for example—addressed by that … Continue reading "William Rankin Profiled"

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:14:53 +0000

In late 2010 and early 2011, the Geospatial Revolution Project explored the use and impact of digital mapping through multimedia educational materials and a series of web videos. An associated online course, “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution,” launched in 2013 as a MOOC (massive open online course) via Coursera; more than 100,000 students signed up for it. … Continue reading "Maps and the Geospatial Revolution"