Smarter Paper Maps

It’s a quiz.  I’ll name the required skills, you name the profession.  Go. Identifying map projections and coordinate systems Interpreting map scale Understanding techniques of cartographic relief Interpolating latitude & longitude Calculating geographic extent rectangles Too easy?  Well the profession I’m describing is not Geographic Information Systems guru or Cartographer or Neogeographer.   In fact, my…. Continue reading “Smarter Paper Maps”.

WMS vs. tilecaching

In our work on Neatline, we have made a deliberate choice to start by restraining our work to map-sources that are quickly and easily provided through WMS. This leaves out (for now) two popular sources of map imagery; Google Maps and Open Street Map. I’m going to explain why we made that choice, and why, when we do come to make these sources usable with Neatline, we will do so with great care and with an eye to scholarly method.

Mr. Voronoi, meet the US state boundaries

In the Scholars’ Lab we are working with remarkably detailed datasets showing changes to US political boundaries over time.  We’ve all been fascinated with visualizations where the familiar outlines of the US states emerge from thousands of boundary changes to their underlying counties over the last few hundred years.  Did you know Virginia once spanned…. Continue reading “Mr. Voronoi, meet the US state boundaries”.

The 1907 Massie map of Albemarle Co.

While going through our archives of scanned maps, we recently ran across a copy of Frank A. Massie’s 1907 “A new and historical map of Albemarle County, Virginia” [Special Collections, University of Virginia Library], commonly referred to as the Massie map, which contains a wealth of detailed historical information for the county in which the…. Continue reading “The 1907 Massie map of Albemarle Co.”.