Geography 353 Cartography and Visualization

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Geog 353 Lecture Outline: How to Make a Map: Introduction to Course, Lab, and Lab Project
Update: 8/25/14

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1. Traditional Cartographic Design & Map Production




For a long time maps were kind of the same - mostly on paper, tangible, static... All things we take for granted but relatively new developments...


2. Post-1980 Developments in Cartography and "Visualization"

Animation: show changing data (of changing phenomena) with a changing / dynamic presentation



Interactivity: user can engage with and change the map



Multimedia/Hypermedia: Combine and link maps with images, graphs, video, and other media



Geographic Information Systems: GIS



Map Mashups:


Now: Everything Together: Animation + Interactivity + Multimedia/Hypermedia + GIS + mashups all on the WWW

  • rapidly growing ease of access to technologies that have been accessible to only a few in the past.



    Technological changes in mapping over the last 30 years more profound and fast than in any other era in history.

    Map concepts and map design: have not changed nearly as much but need to be adapted to new technologies

    This course: bring together more traditional cartography and cartographic design with new technologies and new kinds of maps



    Some general goals for this course:

  • Learn the logic and guidelines for making maps with computers

  • Learn the process of map making from beginning to end

  • Familiarize yourself with basic computer skills: working with Windows, file management, graphic files, image processing software, HTML, WWW searching, GIS software, Animation software, text processing, etc.



    The Course in General



    Your Instructor



    Introduction to and Overview of Lab Project



    Basic Project: Visualizing Population Change, 1900 to 2010

    Goal: to produce a series of animated, interactive maps, for display on the WWW, which serve as a means of visualizing county level population change over time.


    I. Define the Geographic Context and Mapping Method


    II. Locating, Downloading, and Processing Course Data


    III. Mapping the Data


    IV. Animating the Series of Maps


    V. Placing your materials on the Web - your already created pages


    III. Some Final Comments...and things to start doing



    OWU Computer Cartography and GIS Lab


    Basic rules and regulations in the Lab



    Next meeting: initial lecture, contextualizing this course



    E-mail: jbkrygier@owu.edu

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