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The Use of Environmental Features on Tactile Maps by Navigators Who Are Blind

There exist over 100 standard symbols that the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) include in their maps. For sighted users these maps facilitate map cognition, this understanding of the symbols allows more time spent in the understanding of the geography than the understanding of the symbols.Although this cannot be said for textual maps.

There are various obstacles with tactile maps, the most prominent ones would be the limited research in the area and that some of the technical factors that are straightforward in visual maps present some difficulties in tactile maps. Without the use of vision, blind people rely on other channels to gain the necessary information to travel; textual maps provide that. Tactile maps are linked to better spatial decisions making, environmental knowledge and independent travel.

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GIS The Beginning: Projections Part II / Data Search

GIS The Beginning: Projections Part II / Data Search | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it
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The Powers of Ten

Back in 1968, Charles and Ray Eames created an amazing short film titled "Powers of Ten" to illustrate the size of our universe from the very largest to the very smallest scales. If you've never seen the film below, you can watch it here:

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Zonas de risco a alagamento em Belém

Zonas de risco a alagamento em Belém | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it
Todo início de ano, principalmente nos períodos mais chuvosos ou naqueles em que as marés são mais altas, ou pior, quando os dois períodos coincidem, a população belenense sofre com os recor...
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Global permafrost zones in high-resolution images on Google Earth - Space Daily

Global permafrost zones in high-resolution images on Google Earth - Space Daily | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it
Global permafrost zones in high-resolution images on Google EarthSpace DailyThey depict the global distribution of permafrost in high-resolution images and are available on Google Earth.
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Google Maps Mania: Google Underwater Sea View

Google Maps Mania: Google Underwater Sea View | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

Google Sightseeing has a great post today on Google Maps' plans for underwater Street View images of the Great Barrier Reef. In partnership with the University of Queensland Google will create an underwater Street View tour of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in September of this year.

If you want to get some idea of what Sea View will look like then check out the amazing underwater panoramas at Catlin SeaView. If you are intrigued about the type of equipment required for capturing these Sea View images then I recommend you read the Google Sightseeing post.....

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Missouri Pukes and Illinois Suckers: a 'Pignominious' Map of the States | Strange Maps | Big Think

Missouri Pukes and Illinois Suckers: a 'Pignominious' Map of the States | Strange Maps | Big Think | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

This map, published a few years later in 1884, may have been inspired by that previous example of 'gehography'. For it is another brightly-coloured depiction of the US’s continental land mass - dominated by pigs. But unlike the 1875 map, this one does not go for the whole hog, so to speak.

 
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Cartography for NeoGeo Developers by Richard Treves on Prezi

 

 
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Using Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) to Enhance Citizen Participation (high resolution)

An overview of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and how they can be used to achieve one of the goals of Gov 2.0: greater citizen participation in their g...
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All things spatial: A year of OSM data edits

All things spatial: A year of OSM data edits | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

If you ever had any doubts about the power of crowdsourcing, or simply about willingness of hordes of anonymous strangers to commit time and resources just to a cause, totally for free, have a look at the following video. It highlights a year of edits of free OpenStreetMap data.

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Predicting Prehistoric Site Location in the Southern Caucasus | ArcNews

Predicting Prehistoric Site Location in the Southern Caucasus | ArcNews | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it
Researchers use GIS to perform site suitability analyses and map potential prehistoric Paleolithic sites in Caucasus.
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San Francisco, CA, USA – Streets Colored By Slope

San Francisco, CA, USA – Streets Colored By Slope | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it
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How To Use GeoLocation API With Google Maps

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to use the Geolocation API to get your current latitude and longitude, from these results we can then connect to the Google Maps API to display your location in the browser.
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The Aral Sea, Before the Streams Ran Dry : Image of the Day

The Aral Sea, Before the Streams Ran Dry : Image of the Day | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it
In 1964, it was the world's fourth largest lake. Thanks to irrigation projects, now it is mostly gone.

It was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Fed primarily by snowmelt and precipitation from faraway mountains, the Aral Sea supported extensive fishing communities and a temperate oasis in a mostly arid region of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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OpenTreeMap - Open source geography-enabled urban tree inventory

OpenTreeMap - Open source geography-enabled urban tree inventory | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

OpenTreeMap provides an easy-to-use public inventorying platform that enables individuals, organizations, and governments to search and contribute to a collaborative, interactive, and dynamic map of a community's tree population. Urban street trees have many proven environmental, economic, and aesthetic benefits and an accurate and current inventory is essential for effectively and efficiently caring for this vital community resource. OpenTreeMap can be used in a single municipality or cover a broader geographic region, anywhere in the world.....

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GPS SIGNAL MEME

GPS SIGNAL MEME | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

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Google Maps Mania: GatheringPoint: Trying to Map Everything

Google Maps Mania: GatheringPoint: Trying to Map Everything | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

GatheringPoint is an interesting application that displays a lot of local information on a Google Map.

It is difficult to give a full run down of what information that you can view on this map, as there is just so much on offer. Via a 'social layer' you can view nearby Tweets, the location of your Facebook friends, your Foursquare and Gowalla check-ins and photos submitted to Instagram.

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545 - The Mapa Cor-de-rosa: A Portuguese Empire That Never Was | Strange Maps | Big Think

545 - The Mapa Cor-de-rosa: A Portuguese Empire That Never Was | Strange Maps | Big Think | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

In one of those parallel universes, there exists a country called the Portuguese States of Africa, spanning southern Africa from its Atlantic coast all the way to the Indian Ocean. This country, a transcontinental Lusophone [3] giant perhaps one day to rival Brazil, is based on more evidence in this world than PKD’s possibly merely psychotic visions. It was envisaged in this Mapa Cor-de-rosa (the ‘Pink Map’).......

 
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Wishful Mapping: a Half-baked Alaska, and the Passage That Wasn't There | Strange Maps | Big Think

Wishful Mapping: a Half-baked Alaska, and the Passage That Wasn't There | Strange Maps | Big Think | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

What a strange concoction this late-18th-century French map is. Centred on the northwestern part of America, it is an eclectic mix of geographic fact and fiction. Some continental contours are instantly recognisable, for instance the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia’s Far East, and Canada’s Baffin and Hudson Bays. But what is that thing in between, and what has it done to Alaska?......

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cartography - Examples of badly designed maps - GIS - Stack Exchange

cartography - Examples of badly designed maps - GIS - Stack Exchange | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

A poorly designed map can not only look visually unappealing, but can convey the wrong message, which could lead to bad decisions being made.

I would like to ask people to post examples (that are in the public realm) of poorly designed maps, WITH justification on why it is bad design......

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Geomap and its link with Google Maps | egeomate

Geomap and its link with Google Maps | egeomate | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it
Finally I see a really attractive application for iPad oriented to the capture of GIS data in field. The tool has potential for many things, and leaves in diapers other ...
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The U.S. Army's use of ESRI software for GeoPDF production

The U.S. Army's use of ESRI software for GeoPDF production

 
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Google I/O 2011: GIS with Google Earth and Google Maps

Josh Livni, Mano Marks Building a robust interactive map with a lot of data involves more than just adding a few placemarks.
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Landscape in a box by Year 7 » DigGeog

Landscape in a box by Year 7 » DigGeog | Digital Cartography | Scoop.it

The climax of Year 7′s unit of work on landscapes. Thanks to Alan Parkinson for the original idea of Landscape in a Box. We made use of Alan’s super KS3 Geographer’s Toolkit publication “Look At It This Way” The landscape assessment was completed over half term. More able students included location maps and detailed research notes as part of their work.All students were able to access the task, though possibly the instructions could have been differentiated better.

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