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Cartography Resources

Cynthia Brewer’s site colorbrewer2.org

In case you aren’t familiar here is the description from her personal web page –

ColorBrewer is a web tool for selecting map color schemes. It was reprogrammed by Andy Woodruff at Axis Maps.   Links to another project apparently started in 2008 called Scale Master see here  http://www.personal.psu.edu/cab38/ScaleMaster/ which has a host of other links and presentations but #19 is the Excel file titled “ScaleMaster for Proposed Design for Multiscale Topographic Mapping from USGS National Map Data, Cynthia Brewer and Chelsea Hanchett, Penn State Geography, July 2010”

Blurb from site:

ScaleMaster is a structured diagram for organizing multiscale mapping using multiple databases and design, selection, and generalization decisions.

In its rudimentary form, ScaleMaster is a do-it-yourself Excel file available for download (19. below). Other resources were listed and linked as we continued to develop the idea.

The ScaleMaster project was a collaboration among Cindy Brewer, Barbara Buttenfield, Larry Stanislawski, Lynn Usery, and Charlie Frye.

The research work was funded from 2008 to 2013 by the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) through Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) grants through geography departments at the Pennsylvania State University and University of Colorado at Boulder.

ScaleMaster research was initially funded by Esri through Professional Services Agreements 2003B6345, 2003B6346, 2003B6347 and 2006B2964.

Additional papers and talks by Buttenfield on her website.

Additional papers by Stanislawski and others on CEGIS Generalization site.
All papers and presentations by the Penn State researchers are linked below.

See new developments with ScaleMaster from Guillaume Touya and Jean-Francois Girres, COGIT lab, IGN France (e.g., sourceforge; ICC2013 paper; CaGIS paper).   The ScaleMaster approach is now popular with national mapping agencies.

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Story Map: Protecting NYC from Mosquitos


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A Map Showing Every Single Cargo Ship in the World 2012

From digg.com


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Interesting Maps

From Geospatial eNews

Map of surveillance cameras using OSM:


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Map:


ESRI Louisiana Flood Map:

Flood Map

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Cartogram Special – The Olympic Games

  • From Geographical.co.uk
  • Written by  Benjamin Hennig
  • Published in Mapping

Cartogram Special – The Olympic GamesBenjamin Hennig/viewsoftheworld.net

Which country has been the most successful in Olympic history? Benjamin Hennig charts the winners and participants of the Olympic Games

The 2016 Summer Olympics are the first Olympics to be hosted in South America. More than 10,000 athletes of the over 200 member nations are expected to compete in Rio de Janeiro as well as events in Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, São Paulo, and Manaus.

The cartogram in Figure 1 shows the countries of the world resized according to the total number of participants from each country (data as of 30 June 2016). Competing athletes are entered by their National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and also have to go through competitions in order to meet the entry standards for the games. Some numbers are influenced by further special circumstances: Brazil as the host nations did not have to go through all qualifying rounds and received automatic entry in some disciplines.

Athletes from Kuwait will this year compete under the Olympic flag due to its NOC having been suspended. In this map, these are still shown as representing their country. Russia also faced suspension, leading to its athletes being banned from all athletic competitions, which reduces the number of athletes competing for Russia this year. In the light of the migrant crisis, a team of ten Refugee Olympic Athletes will also participate in the games for the first time

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Attention GIS Students!! Should you have programming skills?

From Directions Magazine

GIS Jobs of Today: Should you have programming skills?

By Diana S. Sinton

Editor’s Note:In a field that evolves as rapidly as geospatial information science and technologies, the idea of “getting a GIS job” may not be as straight-forward as it sounds. What are employers looking for, and how do you know that your training and education will get you there? JoinDirections Magazineas we continue a short series of articles examining these topics.

Traditional textbook definitions of GIS often reference the inclusion of software, hardware, data, methods and people, indicating that all components are part of the system that works with geographic information. Characteristics and components of all of these have changed significantly over time, but perhaps none so much as the software itself. In practice, we have gone well beyond a black and white world of proprietary vs. open-source, or desktop vs. mobile. In professional practice, it’s all of them.

That’s not to say that people don’t use a GIS “out of the box” to do their work. They do. It’s that the box is not the defining container that it once was. Customization of solutions is an expectation, reflecting the diversity of applications and the expanding breadth of use cases. Interoperability is possible, so it is expected. The tremendous driving force of web- and mobile-based solutions can only continue.

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Can’t Have the Olympics without a Medal Map!!


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Beyond the Map with Google: The Favellas of Rio



Brings a travelogue to the next level.

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Study Maps Hidden Water Pollution in US Coastal Areas

From NASA:


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Australia Plans New Coordinates to Fix Sat-Nav Gap

From the BBC:

 July 29, 2016

Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

Local co-ordinates, used to produce maps and measurements, and global ones differ by more than 1m.

The body responsible for the change said it would help the development of self-driving cars, which need accurate location data to navigate.

Australia moves about 7cm north annually because of tectonic movements.

Modern satellite systems provide location data based on global lines of longitude and latitude, which do not move even if the continents on Earth shift.

However, many countries produce maps and measurements with the lines of longitude and latitude fixed to their local continent.


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