The Hidden Histories of Maps Made By Women: Early North America

From CityLab:

The first part in a series exploring little-seen contributions to cartography.

In the 1970s, early in her career as map librarian at the New York Public Library, Alice Hudson started researching women mapmakers throughout history. With few other women in her chosen field, she wondered how many had come before her. “I thought I might find 10,” she tells CityLab.

But over the years, as she combed through maps, censuses, newspapers, and tips from colleagues, she was amazed by how many women there were in the early days of mapmaking. By the late ‘90s, she’d found over a thousand names of women who had drawn, published, printed, engraved, sold, or traded maps prior to 1900 alone.

Reading mainstream history books, or even CityLab’s coverage of oldmaps, you might never know that women historically had much of a role at all in cartography. But really, they’ve been involved in mapmaking about as long as any man has. This week, I’ll present a selection of maps, profiles of mapmakers, and stories that testify to this history. Women have made maps to chart territories, educate students, sell propaganda, convey data, argue policy, and make art. In other words, women have made maps, period. And they continue to, as this century’s geospatial revolution turns.

Which women, and when? Mapmaking spans genders, centuries, cultures, and technologies. A complete history of women in cartography would require many volumes of pages, and possibly a graduate degree. To make this series sensible for online readers, I’ve narrowed my selection to works by women mapping North America over the past 300 years. Within this “small” range is a diversity of stories, styles, and approaches that, collected together, should provoke curiosity about the many more ways women have mapped the world.

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ESRI GeoDev Meet-up May 11th

GeoDev Meetup – Washington, D.C.Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC (map)

  • We will be hosting an Esri GeoDev Meetup on Wednesday, May 11th. Food and beverages will be provided at the meet up.

    This event is a social gathering for developers to discuss the latest in mapping, geo technology, geo services, web and mobile mapping apps, app design, cloud solutions, map data or anything else related to solving real-world “geo” problems.

    Developers of all levels of expertise are welcome, from seasoned GIS professionals to those new to geospatial development. At these meet ups, you can: Meet cool people. Show us what you got by demo’ing your application or framework. Present a cool new/interesting concept or idea. Impress someone by sharing your experiences. Make BFFs for life – connect with other developers!

    Meet Up Schedule

    5:30 – 6:30 PM Registration and Social (Appetizers and Beverages served)

    6:30 – 7:00 PM Introduction, plus demos from Courtney Claessens and Andrew Turner, Esri R&D Center.

    7:00 – 8:00 PM Lightning talks

    8:00 – 9:00 PM Raffle, Networking and Social.

    Two great prizes:

    • 1000 ArcGIS Online Developer Subscription credits

    • DevSummit 2017 Registration

GeoTech Center 2016 Geospatial Skills Competition

 The GeoTech Center is pleased to announce the 2016 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a Poster that not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills.

The competition is software neutral.

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Applicants must meet all of the requirements below to qualify for the competition (questions regarding eligibility can be directed to either Tom Mueller ( or Scott Jeffrey (

  • Applicants must be the age of 18 or older;
  • Applicants must be enrolled during the Spring 2016 term in a geospatial technology course (e.g., geographic information systems, remote sensing, GPS/GNSS, etc.) or geospatial technology program at an accredited 2-year or 4-year U.S. institution (undergraduate status);
  • Applicants must reside in the U.S.;
  • All work and cartographic output must be the original work of the applicant;
  • Only one entry allowed per student; and
  • Only individual student submissions allowed (no group projects).

The Great Migration–Please check out this amazing map!!

From Trajectory Magazine USGIF:

According to the United Nations (UN), more than 12 million people—including 5.6 million children—have fled Syria to escape the horrors of the country’s ongoing civil war and invasion by ISIS. Worldwide, the UN reports an unprecedented 59.5 million people are displaced by crisis. The flow of refugees toward Europe from Syria and other war-torn nations has caused the continent’s greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Finland-based Lucify, which creates interactive data visualizations to help organizations analyze and communicate important data, recently tackled the refugee migration to Europe. Using UN data from 2012 through December 2015, its interactive map offers a time-lapse view of refugee migration and country-by-country statistics. Between April 2011 and November 2015, more than 800,000 Syrians have sought asylum in Europe. When viewing worldwide data, the map reveals that among European countries Germany has experienced the greatest influx of refugees, taking in nearly 600,000 since 2012. View Lucify’s interactive data visualization below. – See more at: