Interesting Article: How Maps are Used to Shape Our Beliefs

Propaganda has long been a tool of government and corporations. The use of geography is no exception. Even map projections and emphasizing where places are have been used as a way to influence our ideas. For the last few hundred years, for instance, map projections and maps had often emphasized the Western world (more: Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World). More recently, the Gall-Peters projection, among others, has attempted to rectify this, at least in general textbooks and maps depicting the world. In this case, the correct size of areas, such as along in Africa and the middle latitudes, are shown more correctly. In effect it is a type of equal-area projection.[1]

What is Persuasive Cartography?

Historically, persuasive cartography has attempted to depict a worldview as believed by ruling powers or the image they attempted to project. Some universities and data repositories have now focused on documenting and collecting historical maps that were used for giving subtle messages about specific concerns. Cornell University Library, for instance, has a repository for such maps. They define persuasive cartography as maps that attempt to influence our beliefs. While it can be argued that no map is completely objective, the range of influence and shaping of our opinions that maps give does have a lot of variety and can cover a range of emotions and beliefs.[2]

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This World Map Is So Accurate It Folds Into a Globe (Map projections)

It’s a problem that has plagued cartographers for centuries: How do you accurately represent a round world on a flat map?

The most common world map used today, designed almost 450 years ago, is highly distorted—it’s that classroom wall map that shows Greenland as absolutely colossal. But a new map called AuthaGraph, created by Tokyo-based artist and architect Hajime Narukawa, just won Japan’s distinguished Good Design Award for accurately representing the relative sizes of landmasses and bodies of water on Earth. The map is so proportionally accurate that you can fold it up into a three-dimensional globe.

The rest of the article can be found here:  This World Map Is So Accurate It Folds Into a Globe


What can GIS (Geographic Information System) do for your business?

Over the past 10 plus years, I have been blessed to learn a skill that has a multitude of uses from oil and gas exploration (where I first learned and used GIS) to archaeology  and environmental (my current GIS consulting area).  But GIS has a wide range of uses that can be used cross-platform and cross-industries.  Take, for example, health care and business.  Walgreens is a heavy GIS user that has integrated the use and practice of GIS to be able to predict within a day or two where influenza outbreaks are occurring.  The CDC is usually a week or more in detecting the outbreaks and occurrences of influenza.

Why Walgreens uses interactive maps plus analytics to evaluate store locations


Also another great article:   WalMap: The App By Walgreens That Maps Out Community Trends in Real Time

7 Scenarios For How Election Night Might Play Out (pre-election article now in hindsight)

Hillary Clinton’s path relies on winning traditionally Democratic states and has several potential ways over the top. Donald Trump has a much narrower path — he has to run the table in toss-up states and break through in a state that currently leans toward Clinton.

Here are seven ways Election Day could play out:NPR Article


GIS Jobs of Today: Only problem-solvers need apply

By Diana S. Sinton

The words “problem,” “solving,” and “GIS” are often used together. GIS is regularly touted as a technology that helps people solve problems. If the problem is that a wilderness search and rescue team needs help identifying a location suitable to land a helicopter, GIS can help with that. If you are a political campaign manager and you want to understand the socio-economic demographic patterns of the people who have been donating to your campaign, GIS has your back.  Do you have multiple years’ worth of classified land use, land cover data covering the same geographic area and you need to quantify and qualify the changes? Hit the GIS Easy button.

In reality, however, reaching solutions happens that directly and easily only in the marketing brochures. The actual real-world process will be characterized by stumbles, a hassle or two, and a few work-arounds. Regular practitioners know the tremendous amount of work that a GIS project can represent in terms of question clarification and refinement, data collection and management, and software skill acquisition and application, among countless other tasks.


The rest of the article can be found here: Directions Magazine