Given the forthcoming CCA conference, it is a good time to ask whether there is a ‘new Cartography’. When I posed the question to Michael Goodchild, one of the keynote speakers, he emailed back with the following response.
“I think there are several answers – technical (Web, Animation, 3D etc), data (new data sources, Big Data), theme (things that have never been mapped before, a critical focus)”
If we look at the presentation schedule, there is much supportive evidence: 3D, LiDAR, Community Mapping, Indigenous Mapping, an artistic approach to place-making.
Within the social media world today, are there new expectations for Cartography? Can we envisage easier access to cartographic products? Quick maps, which combine the output from drones or other positional technologies, can be overlaid on accessible imagery.
If we think of the world of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, does that influence our Cartography?
There seems to be a demand for online digital atlases representing different views of the landscape in Nova Scotia — e.g. Acadien, Mi’kma’ki or the UN Biosphere Reserve.
I have been trying to understand the value or purpose of a blog. Where does it fit, in terms of traditional forms of writing? Is there a graphic (cartographic) equivalent?
This takes us back to Goodchild’s talk ‘Place, Space, Geographic Science (and technology).
Regardless of the technology, the data or the theme, there is likely a consensus on the need for good cartographic design.
Looks like an interesting few days next week. Edward Wedler contributed the graphic.
M.F.Goodchild. Email dated May 23, 2018.