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This guide serves as an introduction to finding maps and learning about spatial data or geographic information systems (GIS). It provides access to a variety of online resources including tutorials, free GIS software, and data, as well as print resources.
Map: Exploring the World by Daniel HuffmanMap: Exploring The World brings together a curated selection of 300 maps that celebrate humans' efforts to understand the world around them through the ages. This visually engaging compilation highlights the widespread presence of maps in our lives and the many reasons that people create them, from finding their way to staking a claim to ownership and scientific or social investigation. Selected by an international panel of cartographers, academics and map dealers and collectors, this book features some of the greatest masterpieces from the history of cartography, such as the first map to name America from 1507 and Marie Tharp's groundbreaking panorama of the ocean floor in the 1970s, as well as surprising and less familiar works. Rather than following a thematic or chronological arrangement, thoughtfully curated pairings reveal the huge variety and the often unexpected similarities of the cartographer's art through time and around the world. Comprehensive in scope, Map- Exploring The World also features useful reference information to guide the reader through the story of cartography, including biographies of selected cartographers and an illustrated timeline detailing significant events in mapmaking, exploration and related historical events. Each map is accompanied by a concise, explanatory text written by leading international map experts, curators and cartographers to help the reader understand the historical importance of the work and its significance.
Else/Where: Mapping by Janet Abrams; Peter Hall (Editor)ELSE/WHERE: MAPPING charts the ascendancy of mapping as a powerful interdisciplinary strategy, one that links people and places, data and organizations, and physical and virtual environments. Traditionally written by history's victors, maps are gaining new currency in our information-saturated age as a means of making arguments and processes visible. Mapping technologies today are as diverse as the agendas driving them: social networks are mapped with dynamic digital interfaces; buildings are mapped with lasers; cities and regions are mapped by satellite. Illustrated with nearly 300 images, from archival woodcuts to Web-based maps and GPS drawings, ELSE/WHERE: MAPPING explores how cartographic techniques are being adapted to map the emerging landscapes of electronic communication. It showcases cutting-edge projects in graphic and industrial design, art, architecture, and technology by an international roster of writers, artists, and designers at the forefront of locative media practice. ELSE/WHERE: MAPPING proposes--by visual example and written analysis--that mapping is a fundamental design process that increasingly shapes the physical and conceptual dimensions of contemporary society. Deborah Littlejohn (designer) is design fellow at the University of Minnesota Design Institute. Distributed for the University of Minnesota Design Institute by the University of Minnesota Press.
LAtitudes by Patricia Wakida; David Deis; Kristina Collantes (Illustrator)"Offers fresh and sometimes startling insights into a city that brims with complexity and surprise, revealing its multiple histories, the nuances of its lived experiences, and the possibilities inherent in an ever-shifting world. Illuminated by boldly conceived maps and infographics, nineteen thought-provoking essays explore "the hitherto terra incognita of LA," covering terrain from the cowboys-and-spacemen-themed landscapes of the San Fernando Valley to the kitchen of a family taquero business in El Monte, and topics as varied as urban forests, catacombs, LGBT places of sanctuary and worship, and the enduring communities of the indigenous Tongva people. What has often been ignored, such as social and environmental injustice, comes to the forefront, and what has been maligned is reexamined with a sense of pride: the city's freeways, for example, take the shape of a dove when viewed from midair and pulsate with wailing blues, surf rock, and brassy banda. Highly imaginative while deeply rooted in one extraordinary place, Latitudes dares you to rethink Los Angeles."
The Atlas of Water by Maggie BlackClimate change, population increase, and the demands made by the growing number of people adopting urban lifestyles and western diets threaten the world's supply of freshwater, edging us closer to a global water crisis, with dire implications for agriculture, the economy, the environment, and human health. Completely revised and updated, The Atlas of Water is a compelling visual guide to the state of this life-sustaining resource. Using vivid graphics, maps, and charts, it explores the complex human interaction with water around the world. This vibrant atlas addresses all the pressing issues concerning water, from water shortages and excessive demand, to dams, pollution, and privatization, all considered in terms of the growing threat of an increasingly unpredictable climate. It also outlines critical tools for managing water, providing safe access to water, and preserving the future of the world's water supply.