So, You Want to Make a Map?

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Accepted Session
Long Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 10:00 – 11:45am in B304

Excerpt

Practical cartographic geekery for accidental and padawan mapmakers: a crash course in Mapping 101 where we'll talk about the anatomy of maps and what you need to know when creating them. Topics include cartographic standards, projections, visualization, and the fine art of finding, deciphering, and using geodata and metadata. Included will be examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly, as well as resources for further exploration.

Description

So, you think you’ve got a great idea for a map, but little to no experience in map-making? Have you been making maps, but want to increase your understanding of what’s going on “under the hood”? Do you think maps are nothing but a bunch of latitude and longitude points? Then this session is for you.

We’ll introduce you to the concepts you need to know to really understand how maps work: technically, visually, and even socially. We’ll cover how your data gets from the real world to your screen, why every map is a lie, how to think about your data, and how to make your data pretty and understandable. Then we’ll talk about where to find data, and just as importantly, how to understand your data, and how to make sure the lie your map is telling is the one you mean it to. Finally, we’ll talk briefly about what open source tools are out there to help you manipulate and display your data.

Speaking experience

Speakers

  • Sarah Beecroft

    Portland Open Source Geo User Group

    Biography

    One of eleventy-billion Sarahs. Community organizer with a data and social justice addiction, working with nonprofits and communities using open source tools. BA, Geography, University of Colorado; co-founder of the PDX-OSGEO user group; member of PDX Drupal user group.

    Sessions

      • Title: So, You Want to Make a Map?
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Practical cartographic geekery for accidental and padawan mapmakers: a crash course in Mapping 101 where we’ll talk about the anatomy of maps and what you need to know when creating them. Topics include cartographic standards, projections, visualization, and the fine art of finding, deciphering, and using geodata and metadata. Included will be examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly, as well as resources for further exploration.

      • Speakers: Sarah Beecroft, Darrell Fuhriman
  • Me

    Darrell Fuhriman

    Renewable Funding

    Biography

    Darrell wrangles data and corrals systems for a green energy startup. In his copious free time he rows and teaches GIS at Portland State University. He holds a BS in Geography from Portland State University, and an MS in Geography from Penn State University, where he studied Environmental Justice and the Political Ecology of e-waste in Accra, Ghana. He has an unfortunate travel addiction.

    Sessions