The 45th Annual CCA Conference and General Meeting is fully online due to the extended COVID19 pandemic, registration is only $20 and open to everyone …
The purpose of the annual CaGIS map design competition is to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant design advances in cartography. The focus of this competition is design; therefore, judging is based on cartographic design criteria, such as creativity, text (spelling and grammar, too), balance, unity, clarity, use of color, and subject matter.
The competition is open to all map-makers in the United States and Canada for maps completed or published during the current calendar year (2019). Help showcase some great Canadian geospatial projects, and find out how to submit your entries …
The 2019 Indigenous Mapping Workshop in Inuvik is targeted towards Canada’s northern communities and will host up to 75 participants. It will explore the NWT Geomatics Portal, Inuvialuit Settlement Region Online Platform, Google, Esri Canada, QGIS, Mapbox, OpenStreetMap, and other geospatial tools.
Communicating with maps and relevant spatial data is an important part of moving ahead through pressure of climate change impacts and other resource economy demands. The conference aims to represent the values of Canadian Cartography.
Every year the CCA announces awards, prizes and scholarships for Canadian post-secondary students involved in any forms of cartography or map-making. All entries should be accompanied by an official entry form
The Cartography & Geographic Information Society’s Map Design Competition, open to all map-makers in the United States and Canada for maps completed or published during the current calendar year (2016).
The purpose of the competition is to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant design advances in cartography. Submit entries by January 31, 2017.
OpenStreetMap User Guide
If you have been following our OpenStreetMap topic over the past few months then I am sure you have come to the realize that it is a community driven project and that anyone can edit OpenStreetMaps. But where does one start?
Below are some resource documents to help you get started using OpenStreetMap created by LearnOSM. These documents provide easy to understand, step-by-step guides that will explain how you can start contributing to OpenStreetMap and using OpenStreetMap data in your projects.
The beginner guide provides step by step instructions to help users get started with OpenStreetMap. It teaches how to create a free account, how to use the map editing tools, and how to collect information to create custom maps with.
OpenStreetMap Beginner Guide
- Introduction to OSM
- Starting OSM
- Editing with Potlatch
- Getting Started with JOSM
- JOSM Plug ins
- Using the GPS
- GPS: extrex20
- Walking Papers
- Editing with JOSM
- Imagery Offset
- Moving Forward
OpenStreetMap Intermediate Guid
The openstreetmap Intermediate Guide concentrates more on the details of editing and validating as well as shortcuts and ways that people can contribute to the openstreetmap community.
- Editing in Detail
- Conflict Resolution
- Using Orbview Imagery in JOSM
- Quality Assurance
- Tasking Manager
- Editing the Wiki
- Creating Custom Presets
- Private Data Store
The openstreetmap Advanced Guide is intended for users who have some experience with openstreetmap and have already covered the topics found in the Beginner and Intermediate guides.
OpenStreetMap Advanced Guide
- PostGIS Configuration
- Cartography with TileMill
- Putting Maps on a Website
- Github Sharing
- WMS Service Configuration
- Private Data Storage Configuration
- Projections and File Types
- SQLite Databases
- Virtual Machine Setup
Helping Children Learn Cartography
Where in the world are you? Learn to read, understand and create maps
Recently at a yard sale, we discovered this simple book for kids that teaches them about the Art of Mapping called “Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids” and thought we would include it in our Geo-Books section for others to discover and use when they are trying to introduce kids to maps.
- Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids
- Authors: Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink
- Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2011.
- 38 pages, paperback
- ISBN 978-1-4431-0493-7
- Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10
- “Best Books for Kids and Teens” by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2012.
Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids
Children can learn to read, understand and create maps using this easy to follow Scholastic book by Laura Peetoom & Paul Heersink.
Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids helps introduce children to the basic elements used when reading a map including map scale, symbols, and colours. It makes use of vibrant colors, simple diagrams, and various pictures to help children easily understand the process of creating and reading maps.
It shows them how maps are made, how they work and teaches them how to read maps including basic principles of navigation and how early explorers were able to chart the world, and Canada in particular.
The book then goes beyond the basic elements of maps providing some deeper aspects of cartography such as the minimum amount of colors to use when creating a map to the meaning of contour lines on topographic maps. It also includes a special section about explorer David Thompson highlighting some of his achievements as a great Canadian cartographer. This is a really great resource to use when introducing your children to what maps are, and how to create one.
A map is a picture of a place, but not like a painting or a photograph, which shows us what a place looks like. A map is a picture of information about a place. (p. 4)
The earliest known maps of Canada were drawn by seafaring explorers from Europe. Our whole continent was a surprise to them. When they found it, they were looking for something else – an easy passage to India and China.
So early maps of North America highlight information useful to readers looking for a way through: the shape of coastlines, the location of waterways and how far they travelled into the land. (p. 14)
The word “map” comes from the Latin word ‘mappa,’ meaning cloth. In earlier times, maps were drawn on animal skin or cloth. “Cartography” was borrowed from French: ‘cartographie’ means “map drawing.” (p. 16)
Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.
Here is a large collection of common acronyms and abbreviations that you may when working in the Canadian Geomatics industry.
City Maps coloring book for adults
Recently adults all over the world have suddenly started to go crazy over coloring books. This coloring book fad started a few years back, when “Secret Garden – An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book” by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford was published in 2013.
These days, you will find adult themed coloring books almost everywhere and featuring a wide range of themes from Harry Potter to Star Wars.
Now Gretchen Peterson, a well known author in the cartography world has brought this latest craze to the geospatial community. Coloring maps can be very relaxing, especially when it is for fun and you do not have to worry about the end product.
So there was this one time when I said Why are there no map coloring books? And everyone was like Yeah why not?!
— Gretchen Peterson (@PetersonGIS) March 25, 2016
“City Maps: A coloring book for adults” includes over 44 black and white maps from all over the world (from Paris to New York City …) , just waiting to be customized with your own cartographic color combinations. Anyone can color these real world maps any way they want! A great book to add to your growing cartography library …
“City Maps: A coloring book for adults” will become available April 1 2016, but is available to pre-order here …