Cartographic Map Design
Cartography or map making is the practice of creating maps or visual representations of a surface, as you would see it from above it.
Traditionally maps have always been created using pen and paper, but since the introduction and wide spread use of geographic information systems (GIS) better computers, and the Internet cartography practices have evolved more into a variety of digital formats.
Most maps today are now generated using map software that falls into one of three main types; GIS, CAD, or specialized map graphic design software.
These days many consider cartography to be more precise, thanks to advancements in computer technology, satellites and GPS. Earlier maps, though, were created by hand using simple instruments with mathematical equations.
Ptolemy, a Greek cartographer from the 14th century derived a projection consisting of set of geographical coordinates to map the Roman Empire. Eratosthenes, another Greek cartographer was the the first person to determine the circumference of the Earth. Many centuries later, and still some of their techniques are still used by cartographers in map making.
My cartography experience began during my time studying geology at Acadia University. I was involved in several geology field mapping courses creating geology maps. Then while studying remote sensing techniques at COGS, I started to use various GIS and graphic design software packages to create mapping products. These days I create maps on a daily basis for the majority of projects that I am involved in.
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Canadian Cartographic Association
The Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) was founded in 1975 with the aims of promoting interest in maps and related cartographic materials, furthering the understanding and knowledge of maps, and advancing education in cartography through the use of maps.
Three decades later, the aims remain the same, although the CCA now considers its constituency to extend beyond Cartography to embrace closely related fields such as GIS. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in any aspect of mapping and members are drawn from the ranks of government, industry, and education, and from the general public.
At the 2018 CCA annual general meeting I was elected to the position of Vice President. Membership is open to anyone in the geospatial community, both individuals and organizations interested in cartography. The core group that makes up the CCA area great bunch of people that are constantly encouraging more people to get involved. Click here, to find out how to join the CCA
Much of the material in the cartography part of my website originated from my original online portfolio that I used to further my career.
Since then it has morphed into more of a resources section related to remote sensing that includes helpful information about cartography and maps, including various related books, images, maps, data and much more.
(Use the search tools to find remote sensing related material on this site or browse some of the latest additions using the links below).