Monthly Archives: November 2008

Introduction to Cartographic Design

This Friday 11/21 between 10:00am- 12:00pm, EDS will offer the Introduction to Cartographic Design a workshop led by Eric Glass GIS/Metadata Librarian.The two hour workshop will give an overview of some major cartographic concepts,

–        Communicating your message effectively
–        Creating clear, balanced layouts
–        Symbolization
–        Labeling
–        Use of color
–        Map elements

This is an introductory workshop intended for those who are interested in creating
effective and attractive maps, but have had little exposure or training in cartography or
map design.

However, there is an expectation that attendees have had some level of exposure to GIS
software, specifically the basics of working within the layout view in ArcMap as there
will be a hands-on component working with ArcMap.

Post-Election Maps

Like many of you, we have have been enjoying some of the latest election maps in the wake of last weeks election results.  We thought we would share a few, in case you haven’t seen them yet.

The New York Times once again has created a number of excellent post-election static and interactive maps, their election results maps allow you to investigate results to the county level, and to view the shift in party voting by county compared to the last four elections.

The Digital Scholarship lab at the University of Richmond has created “Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008” which contains a terrific collection of map animations and interactive mapping applications for every presidential election since 1840.

Mark Newman, a professor of physics at the University of Michigan, has converted the traditional red/blue maps into cartograms – distorting the areas of states and counties to reflect the relative population.

Want to create your own election maps?  EDS can help you get started with United States Presidential Election Results for recent elections in Datagate,  and various boundary files that can be downloaded through our Spatial Data Catalog.

Library of Congress GIS Day

If you’re in the DC area next week Wednesday, There’s a great two hour program called Research Orientation to GIS from 10:30 – noon at the Libary of Congress Geography and Map Reading Room in celebration of GIS day.

There are two speakers, the first will talk about computer modeling and statistical research on Portolan Charts of the Mediterranean Sea from 1250 – 1600, and the second will talk about spatial software tools available for data analysis.

(the image is from the LC collection, part of the Portolan atlas of the Mediterranean Sea)


I came across EarthWalker (main page is in Japanese) and one of the software listed on the site from a book called GIS-Based Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences which has an article on PhotoWalker.

The PhotoWalker page as well as the manual are available in both English and Japanese.

The tool was developed at the Center for Spatial Information Sciences at the University of Tokyo, providing the ability to link photos together in either spatial, temporal, and semantic relationships through a method called Spatio-Temporal Association with Multiple Photographs (STAMP).

Spatial relationships are created by drawing polygons in photographs connecting the same object represented in both images, multiple paths can be created allowing for multiple narratives. It was originally designed as a tool for researchers in the field of ethnographic studies but I can definitely see uses in many other fields as well.

There are two other software listed on the website that I haven’t downloaded yet, but make sure to checkout the gallery for GeoWalker which has a few sample videos that are worth checking out. The text in Japanese on PlantWalker says it isn’t up yet.