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Making Sense of Maps

TED Talks Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places.

 

This video touches on numerous themes that are crucial to geographers including: 1) how our minds arrange spatial information, 2) how to best graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your audience and 3) how mapping a place can be the impetus for changing outdated systems. This is the story of how a cartographer working to improve a local transportation system map, which in turn, started city projects to improve the infrastructure and public utilities in Dublin, Ireland. This cartographer argues that the best map design for a transport system needs to conform to how on cognitive mental mapping works more so than geographic accuracy (like so many subway maps do).

 

Tags: transportation, urban, mapping, cartography, planning, TED, video, unit 7 cities.


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 14, 2012 12:42 PM
When trying to graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your particular audience, you will have a lot to take into consideration. How familiar are the travelers with the area you map out? Are there visuals to precisely mark on the map so that will they accurately correspond to the area?
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Installing QGIS on the Mac - GIS Lounge

Installing QGIS on the Mac - GIS Lounge | IdeasInnovadoras | Scoop.it
One of the best user friendly options out there for Mac users who want to run GIS software natively is QGIS (aka Quantum GIS). QGIS is an open source GIS software package that can be freely downloaded.
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Servicios para publicar datos GIS en la nube - MappingGIS

Servicios para publicar datos GIS en la nube - MappingGIS | IdeasInnovadoras | Scoop.it
Algunos servicios que nos permiten almacenar y publicar datos GIS en la nube: ArcGIS online, CartoDB, GISCloud, Google Fusion Tables, MapBox, QGIS Cloud...

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Material iniciación Curso gvSIG

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Material Curso On­Line Iniciación con gvSIG

 

1 Visualización de Datos Catastrales

Manual gvSIG ­ Catastro
Ficheros Manual gvSIG ­ Catastro
Procedimiento para Descarga Cartografía Catastro
Tarea de Visualización Catastro
Tutorial Tarea Visualización Catastro

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8 modelos de competencias para una carrera de éxito en los SIG | orbemapa

8 modelos de competencias para una carrera de éxito en los SIG | orbemapa | IdeasInnovadoras | Scoop.it
¿Qué destrezas , habilidades, conocimientos, actitudes  o competencias se necesitan para tener una carrera exitosa con los Sistemas o Ciencias de...

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

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"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 


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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:46 AM

Looking for GIS integration into history classes?  Smithsonian has a great page using the Battle of Gettysburg.  

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the rent of the civil war 

Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 7:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

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Google Maps Mania: The Google Maps of the Week

Twitter, Wimbledon, burgers and the Tour de France all feature in this weeks Google Maps of the Week http://t.co/6Sq2RUJMpj
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10 plugins imprescindibles para QGIS - MappingGIS

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En esta entrada vamos a ver 10 plugins imprescindibles si trabajas con QGIS. En la fecha en la que se escribe este artículo hay 135 plugins disponibles

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plugins indispensables en software libre QGis

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Libro gvSIG: guía para el aprendizaje autónomo | MappingGIS

Libro gvSIG: guía para el aprendizaje autónomo | MappingGIS | IdeasInnovadoras | Scoop.it
Se acaba de liberar el libro 'gvSIG: guía para el aprendizaje autónomo' realizado en el marco del Máster Universitario en Ingeniería del Agua y del Terreno , los autores del libro son Josefina García León, Antonio García Martín y Manuel Torres...

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Using Dropbox files in ArcGIS Online web maps

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If you’re a Dropbox user there’s a number of ways that you can use Dropbox files with your ArcGIS Online web maps. Here’s a few tips and details on how.
Using Dropbox share links
Dropbox share links provide access to photos and files in your account.

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¿Cuál es el beneficio de un SIG? | orbemapa

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evaluación financiera de un proyecto SIG.

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Gmail to Organize Student Work

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I use Gmail for my personal email account and it is great in the classroom too. I have students send work they completed on their iPads (this works with PCs too) to a teacher Gmail account I set up...
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Making Sense of Maps

TED Talks Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places.

 

This video touches on numerous themes that are crucial to geographers including: 1) how our minds arrange spatial information, 2) how to best graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your audience and 3) how mapping a place can be the impetus for changing outdated systems. This is the story of how a cartographer working to improve a local transportation system map, which in turn, started city projects to improve the infrastructure and public utilities in Dublin, Ireland. This cartographer argues that the best map design for a transport system needs to conform to how on cognitive mental mapping works more so than geographic accuracy (like so many subway maps do).

 

Tags: transportation, urban, mapping, cartography, planning, TED, video, unit 7 cities.


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 14, 2012 12:42 PM
When trying to graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your particular audience, you will have a lot to take into consideration. How familiar are the travelers with the area you map out? Are there visuals to precisely mark on the map so that will they accurately correspond to the area?