Larry W. Laliberte, Editor
University of Oregon - Eugene
Electronic Version - December 2000.1. News
1.1 The China Historical Geographic Information System (CHGIS) project established
From: Merrick Lex Berman, to various lists, December 2000.
The China Historical Geographic Information System (CHGIS) project has been established under the aegis of the Harvard-Yenching Institute and Harvard University with a three-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The CHGIS will establish a standardized coding system to identify historical administrative units and settlements for different periods in Chinese History. It will provide a base GIS platform for spatial analysis, temporal statistical modeling, and representation of selected historical units as digital maps. The project intends to make the multi-lingual base GIS available to the scholarly community at no charge through download sites throughout the world. The participating institutions are:
- Center for Historical Geography, Fudan University (Shanghai)
- Computing Sciences Center, Academia Sinica (Taipei)
- Australian Centre for Asian Spatial Data and Information Analysis Network
- Griffith University (Brisbane)
- Harvard University (Cambridge)
Merrick Berman has been appointed as manager for the CHGIS project as of January 1, 2001. The project is overseen by a Management Committee with Professors Peter Bol of Harvard University (chair), Laurence Crissman (Griffith University), Ge Jianxiong (Fudan University), C. C. Hsieh (Academia Sinica), G. William Skinner (University of California, Davis) and Advisory Committee of scholars from East Asia, North America, and Europe.
Further information is available at the CHGIS website: http://fas.harvard.edu/~chgis
Postings of CHGIS data are expected to begin in late Spring, 2001. Contact Information:
- Harvard-Yenching Institute
- Vanserg Hall, 25 Francis Avenue
- Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1.2 U.S. Geological Survey Updates
Posted by Rea Mueller 703-648-5954 FAX: 703-648-5939 e-mail: email@example.com
1.2.1 Subject: Earth-Info Web Site and DOI-10 Imagery
The NIMA earth-info public Web site is now open. http://www.earth-info.org This site contains links to both government and commercial sites that can provide access to imagery and geospatial information.
One of the datasets available through the earth-info Web site is Digital Orthorectified Imagery 10 Meter (DOI-10). DOI-10 provides 10-meter resolution, black and white imagery derived from data obtained from SPOT Image Corp. under an unrestricted license. Primary coverage is of the northern hemisphere; there is only limited coverage in the southern hemisphere. The data can be downloaded or ordered on media through the Web site. Orders for the data on media will be transmitted to the USGS EROS Data Center (EDC) for production and shipment.
DOI-10 will be sold in 1x1 degree areas (approximately 90MB) on CD in GeoTiff format or on Digital Linear Tape (DLT) for orders of the entire dataset. One CD will hold 5 1x1 degree areas. The price for files on CD will be $15 per 1x1 degree area with a $45 base charge, plus $5 handling per order. International orders will include a $20 shipping charge. The Super Bulk price for orders of the entire DOI-10 dataset is $1 per file on DLT only. The 2395 files will fit on 5 DLT's. Customers must contact EDC directly to place orders for the entire dataset: 605-594-6151.
The DORRAN product code for DOI-10 is RS11.
For more information about DOI-10 imagery please visit http://geoengine.nima.mil/geoEngine/help/doi_pub.htm
Customers with questions about the other products available through the earth-info Web site can call NIMA at 800-455-0899.
1.3 Image registration for DOQs available from Terraserver
From: Joseph J. Kerski firstname.lastname@example.org to various lists, December 2000.
Since mid-1998, Terraserver (terraserver.microsoft.com) has been serving up millions of images each month from compressed USGS Digital OrthoPhoto Quads (DOQs), Russian SPIN-2 imagery, and more, and recently the USGS topographic maps in digital format (Digital Raster Graphics) and links to the USGS stream gauging stations from these DRGs. The Microsoft TerraServer web site is one of the world's largest online databases, with 20 terabytes of disk storage, allowing anyone to quickly and easily use maps and images to explore the United States and certain places around the world with a standard web browser. An average of 40,000 users request 4,000,000 images from the site everyday. This magnificent site grew out of a cooperative research and development agreement with Microsoft to compress Terrabytes of images using MrSID compression routines. Some images have been available for download and in all cases, for purchase.
The DOQs have been useful in exposing a wide variety of users, mostly non-GIS users, to the power and utility of digital imagery of the landscape. They have not been able to be used in GIS software directly from the Terraserver without the user placing them side-by-side with vector data and using registration and rectification algorithms within these software packages ... until now.
Yes, that's right! I'm pleased to report that when a user clicks on the download button, he or she has the option of downloading a header file! This will allow the user to directly use these images in a GIS package. This header file is a text file and should be saved with a .jgw extension [note that there is an error on the web page that indicates the wrong naming convention] with the base name the same as the image. Therefore, if you download a blair.jpg image, you should name the header file blair.jgw so that your GIS software will read it.
I tried this recently, downloading an image of Blair, Nebraska. The DOQs, as most USGS data, are in UTM meters. Then I downloaded USGS 100,000-scale digital line graph (DLG) roads data from http://edcwww.cr.usgs.gov WebGLIS - soon to be http://earthexplorer.usgs.gov for the same area and overlaid the two. They were offset as seen on the image attached, terraserveroff_sm.jpg. Why were they offset? The DOQs are cast on the North American Datum (NAD) of 1983 while the 100K DLGs are on NAD 1927.
Thus, there is an offset if you use USGS DLGs and USGS DOQs together. But - no problem! You have several options. One, measure the offset and adjust the header file (in my case, blair.jgw according to the offset in the x and y directions. I had to add 30 meters easting (x) and subtract 200 meters northing (y) which were the last 2 lines in the header file. A second option is to use the tricon program to give you a conversion between NAD 27 and NAD 83 which you can use to edit your header file, available from the bottom of the page http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/software. A third option is to use your GIS software's register and rectify commands to rubber-sheet your image to an established set of vector features, such as roads. In the case of ArcView, you can use the K12 School Tools extension or the Image Analysis extension.
1.4 Proposed closure of NTIS
From: Linda ZellmerLinda.Zellmer@asu.edu to various lists, December 2000.
As you know, the National Commission on Library and Information Science did a study on the proposed closure of NTIS. Their preliminary report was issued in March. As part of their study, they have been doing a study to assess Public Information dissemination, including the entire realm of Government Information resources. As a result of this assessment, they have developed the Public Information Resources Reform Act of 2001, which would replace the present Federal Depository Library Program with a Public Information Resources Administration (PIRA) in the Executive Branch of Government. The PIRA would have responsibility for functions now contained in agencies such as the Superintendent of Documents and NTIS. It would also establish a formal working relationship with the National Archives.
Several Web Pages on the NCLIS Home page contain information on the proposal. They include:
- Fact Sheet on the Public Information Resources Reform Act of 2001 To Be Recommended By the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) http://www.nclis.gov/govt/assess/branch.html
- Public Information Resources Reform Act of 2001: text of the proposed law which would establish the Public Information Resources Administration. http://www.nclis.gov/govt/assess/draftleg.pdf
- Links to other pages can be found on the NCLIS Site on the Comprehensive Assessment of Public Information Dissemination. http://www.nclis.gov/govt/assess/assess.html
I have written a letter commenting on the proposals based on experience with cartographic materials. Among the points that I am addressing are:
- Data Access: geospatial data must be included in the Public Information Resources Access Program
- Data Formats: data needs to be delivered in formats that can be readily used by GIS software
- CRADAs and Copyright: Private companies participating in CRADAs should not be allowed to copyright cartographic materials produced from data they receive from Federal Agencies
- Data Delivery & Archiving: Libraries and library users need permanent, free access to geospatial data
- Technology Issues: Plotter technology is not yet permanent, nor do companies understand the need for permanent, archival media
- Lack of meaningful geographic information from Internet Mapping Sites (county level maps of data in the Western United States lack any meaning because there are fewer, larger counties) and the need to archive data from these sites
Anyone wishing to see a copy of my letter can contact me at my e-mail Linda.Zellmer@asu.edu
1.5 Conference: Licensing Data - Licensing People
From: Alberta Auringer Wood email@example.com to various lists, December 2000.
Information regarding the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) conference entitled Licensing Data - Licensing People held in New Orleans Oct. 30-Nov. 1 is online at: http://www.acsm.net/licenserpt.html
According to the report done by American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Executive Director, Curt Sumner, the published purpose for the conference was to provide a forum for discussion regarding three primary topics:
- licensing agreements for data use by government entities and the private sector from firms which process the data
- professional licensing of those who practice within the area of data collection and processing, in addition to those already licensed, i.e. surveyors
- certification of data with regard to its lineage/source, completeness, accuracy, and dependability
1.6 New Zealand: Profit-free land information brings business opportunities
From: Roger Longhorn firstname.lastname@example.org to various lists, December 2000.
A Labour-Alliance Coalition focused beyond profit is opening up high-tech business opportunities in geographic information, says Minister for Land Information Matt Robson. A new low fee will apply to the bulk survey data becoming available as Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) rolls out the Landonline system across the country. The data is priced to recover only the costs of dissemination and will carry no copyright fees. This fits with policy aimed at making Government -held information more available to New Zealanders. The new fee will open up great opportunities for the development of geographic information systems. These systems are increasingly being used to support planning, development and monitoring in socio-economic and environmental arenas, says Mr. Robson. The new pricing policy will also enable the data to be shared on the internet and across communities, such as the entire educational sector. Up until now the most comparable data was that supplied from LINZ's Digital Cadastral Database. But this DCDB data (which is being phased out with the commissioning of Landonline) is priced at a much higher level and with a requirement to pay copyright fees when it was on-sold, Mr. Robson says.
LINZ will only supply raw data. Private sector data resellers and major users will need to reprocess this into formats required by the various geographic information systems. They will also cut it up into the myriad of smaller subsets required by typical end-user customers. This bulk data provides the land parcel framework for property-related information systems, such as those operated by local authorities and utility companies. The new bulk survey product will progressively become available, beginning in Otago, Southland and Canterbury. By late 2002, the Landonline bulk survey data will be available for the entire country.
1.7 Digital Map of the Baltic Sea Region 1:1 million now available on the MapBSR 2000 CD-ROM
The National Mapping Agencies of the countries around the Baltic Sea have produced a database in scale 1:1 million with basic geographic information, the Digital Map of the Baltic Sea Region (MapBSR 2000).
The MapBSR 2000 database has data from 13 countries. The themes included are administrative boundaries, hydrography, transport network, elevation, settlements, names and nature.
Each National Mapping Agency is responsible for the data from the respective country and data is made according to the MapBSR specifications for the whole region. The database will be updated on a regular basis, next update in 2001. The MapBSR 2000 CD-ROM can be obtained from the National Mapping Agencies. MapBSR has received funding from the European Union Interreg II C program.
For more information - including distributors, prices and user rights and examples of the MapBSR data - please visit the MapBSR website at: http://www.mapbsr.nls.fi
For more information, please contact:
- Heli Ursin
- MapBSR Project Manager
- National Land Survey
- P.O.Box 84, 00521 Helsinki
- Telephone: +358 205 41 5564
- Fax: +358 205 41 5005
- e-mail: email@example.com
1.8 Mark Reichardt joins OGC staff
On December 12, 2000, the Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that Mark Reichardt joined the OGC team in November 2000 as Director of Marketing and Public Sector Programs. Mr. Reichardt joins OGC after leaving a successful 20-year career with the federal government. Since 1980, Mr. Reichardt has been involved in key federal mapping and geospatial programs.
OGC is an international industry consortium of over 200 companies, government agencies and universities working together to develop commercial geoprocessing standards.
1.9 Annotated bibliography on fieldwork in geography
From: Mick Healey MHealey@chelt.ac.uk to various lists, December 2000.
Claire Cottingham, Phil Gravestock and Mick Healey have recently produced an annotated bibliography on fieldwork in geography, earth and environmental sciences in higher education that may be of interest. The bibliography may be found on the Geography Discipline Network Web pages at: http://www.chelt.ac.uk/el/philg/gdn/disabil/fieldwk.htm.
There are over 100 references currently in the bibliography, most of which were written since 1990. A few key references to literature relating to fieldwork in schools are also included. At this stage the bibliography is inevitably partial and the authors would be grateful if users would let them know about any references that should be added. The intention is to add other references as they are published.
Please send details of missed references to Phil Gravestock mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
1.10 Assistant Map and Geography Librarian University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Position Available: February 1, 2001. A full-time tenure track position with the rank of Assistant Professor of Library Administration.
Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent in this entry-level position, under the direction of the Map and Geography Librarian, will be responsible for integrating and supporting access to digital geospatial data as part of the University Library’s service. Responsibilities include a broad variety of functions, all with a geospatial data emphasis: collection and user needs assessment, acquisitions, metadata creation, reference services, and data access. Work with digital geospatial data will be integrated with providing reference services for the Map and Geography Library as a whole. The Assistant Map and Geography Librarian will serve as a Library-wide resource for GIS-related data acquisitions and activities and will be the primary Library liaison to the campus and state GIS communities. The incumbent also will play a key role in gaining complete bibliographic control of the geospatial information collection by cataloging digital data resources, aerial photograph sets, and maps using OCLC, will assist in setting unit goals and priorities, and administer the unit in the absence of the Map and Geography Librarian.
Required: An MLS degree from an ALA accredited library school or its equivalent. Academic or work-related background in one of the social or spatial sciences such as geography or urban planning including experience with GIS software, such as ArcView and Arc/Info, and digital geospatial data. Demonstrated knowledge of cartographic information in a variety of formats and/or knowledge of cartographic information resources in a library setting. Familiarity with metadata construction. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Evidence of research orientation and ability to meet University standards for promotion and tenure.
Preferred: University degree with a GIS emphasis. Familiarity with electronic government information resources. Familiarity with issues related to on-screen and hardcopy delivery of digitized geospatial data. Knowledge of cataloging theory and the MARC cataloging format. Skills in web page development and an interest in providing appropriate access to library holdings through the web. Supervisory experience.
Desired: Familiarity with issues associated with technology and techniques for scanning of cartographic information resources. Experience in GIS project management, data management and GIS needs assessment. Familiarity with relational database management software (e.g., MS Access, SQL, Oracle). Experience in cataloging spatial information resources using a bibliographic utility (OCLC or RLIN).
Salary & Rank: Salary is competitive, and is commensurate with experience and credentials for appointment as Assistant Professor. Librarians have faculty rank and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion.
Terms of Appointment: Twelve month appointment; 24 work days vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 annual sick leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employee (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in State Universities Retirement System is compulsory (includes several private options), 8% of staff member’s salary is withheld and is tax exempt until retirement); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.
Apply: Send letter of application and complete resume with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (where available) of three references to:
- Cindy Kelly, Head, Library Human Resources
- University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
- 1408 West Gregory Drive
- Urbana, IL 61801
- Phone 217-333-8169
- E-mail email@example.com
- Electronic applications are acceptable initially, but must be followed by a hard copy with signature
Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be postmarked by January 19, 2001.
The University of Illinois is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer
2.1 New Mapping of Western North America by Ken Rockwell
Blodgett, Robert B., and Clautice, Karen H. Fossil locality map, Healy A-6 quadrangle, south-central Alaska. Scale 1:63,360. Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Report of investigations no. 2000-5, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45427540
Richter, Donald H. Geologic map of the McCarthy D-1 quadrangle, Alaska. Scale 1:63,360. USGS Geologic investigation series no. I-2695, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45405241ALBERTA
Alberta Environment. Special places (natural regions, public nominations, candidate sites & designated protected areas), June 2000. Scale 1:1,000,000. Edmonton : Alberta Environment, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45299233ARIZONA
Billingsley, George H., et al. Geologic map of the upper Parashant Canyon and vicinity, Mohave County, northwestern Arizona. Scale 1:31,680. USGS Miscellaneous field studies no. MF 2343, pub. 2000. Also on the Web at: http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/map-mf/mf2343/ OCLC: 45368559
Calzia, J. P. Geologic map of the Kingston Range, southern Death Valley, California. Scale 1:31,680. USGS Open-file report no. 00-412, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45367015
DeLorme Mapping Company. Northern California atlas & gazetteer. 5th ed. 1 atlas (127 p.), scale 1:150,000. Yarmouth, Me. : DeLorme Mapping, 2000. ISBN: 0899332870 OCLC: 45381995
Gardner, James V. Bathymetry and selected perspective views of central San Francisco Bay, California. 2 maps, scales 1:15,000 and ca. 1:24,500. USGS Water-resources investigations report no. 00-4164, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45429715
Stone, Paul., and Cossette, Pamela M. Geologic map and digital database of the Apache Canyon 7.5-min. quadrangle, Ventura and Kern Counties, California. Original scale 1:24,000. USGS Open-file report no. 00-359, pub. 2000. Access: http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of00-359/ OCLC: 45258966
Colorado Division of Wildlife. Fishing the three rivers : a guide to the Roaring Fork, Fryingpan, and Crystal rivers. Scale ca. 1:150,000. Lakewood, Colo. : U.S. Forest Service, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45288428
Clere, John R. Bryan's sectional maps O‘ahu. 2000 ed., rev. Dec. 1999. 1 atlas, scale 1:24,000. Waipahu, Hawaii : EMIC Graphics, pub. 2000. ISBN: 1878536141 OCLC: 45298988
Travel Graphics International. Oahu, Hawaii, illustrated pocket map. Not drawn to scale. Minneapolis, Minn. : Travel Graphics International, pub. 1999. OCLC: 45299042
Kellogg, Karl S., and Williams, Van S. Geologic map of the Ennis 30’ x 60’ quadrangle, Madison and Gallatin Counties, Montana, and Park County, Wyoming. Scale 1:100,000. USGS Geologic investigations series no. I-2690, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45258366
Moyer, Lorre A. Preliminary digital map of cryptocrystalline occurrences in northern Nevada. Maximum recommended scale 1:750,000. USGS Open-file report no. 99-523, pub. 1999. Access: http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of99-523/ OCLC: 45449942
Black, Gerald L., et al. Relative earthquake hazard map of the Klamath Falls metropolitan area, Lane County, Oregon. Scale 1:24,000. Accompanied by 1 computer disk. Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries, Interpretive map series no. IMS-19, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45436541
DeLorme Mapping Company. 3-D TopoQuads : Oregon east. 2 computer optical discs. Yarmouth, Me : DeLorme, pub. 2000. ISBN: 0899337562 OCLC: 45322767
DeLorme Mapping Company. 3-D TopoQuads : Oregon west. 2 computer optical discs. Yarmouth, Me : DeLorme, pub. 2000. ISBN: 0899337554 OCLC: 45322708
Tolan, Terry L., et al. Geologic map and database of the Salem East and Turner 7.5 minute quadrangles, Marion County, Oregon, a digital database. 2 maps, original scale 1:24,000. USGS Open-file report no. 00-351, pub. 2000. Access: http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of00-351/ OCLC: 45311034
Davis, Fitzhugh D. Geologic map of the Midvale quadrangle, Salt Lake County, Utah. Scale 1:24,000. Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Map no. 177, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45351744
McCarthy, Padhrig T., and Miller, David M. Interim geologic map of the Terrace Mountain East quadrangle, Box Elder County, Utah. Scale 1:24,000. Utah Geological Survey, Open-file report no. 377, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45410363
Miller, David M., and McCarthy, Padhrig T. Interim geologic map of the Terrace Mountain West quadrangle, Box Elder County, Utah. Scale 1:24,000. Utah Geological Survey, Open-file report no. 376, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45418011
Universal Map. Utah. Scale ca. 1:700,000. Williamston, Mich. : Universal Map, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45431032
Tingey, Rick. Road less areas of Utah's national forests : the Wild Utah Forest Campaign, American lands. 1 map, scale 1:550,000. Salt Lake City, UT : Wild Utah Project, 2000. OCLC: 45302534
Washington State Coastal Monitoring & Analysis Program. LIBDATA Version 2 : GIS library data CD-ROM, [southwest Washington coast] 1 computer laser optical disc, scale not given. Olympia, WA : Washington State Dept. of Ecology, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45352199
Lone Mountain Designs. Coop's roadmap guide to Dinosaur sites and museums, Western North America. Scale [ca. 1:3,900,000]. Menlo Park, Calif. : Lone Mountain Designs, 1999. OCLC: 45344396
Kellogg, Karl S., and Williams, Van S. Geologic map of the Ennis 30’ x 60’ quadrangle, Madison and Gallatin Counties, Montana, and Park County, Wyoming. Scale 1:100,000. USGS Geologic investigations series no. I-2690, pub. 2000. OCLC: 45258366
2.2 Other New Materials
2.2.1 New documents from the Working group for Mapcuratorship
From: Jan Smits (President Groupe des Cartothecaires de LIBER) Jan.Smits@kb.nl to various lists, December 2000.
Through the site of the European Working group for Mapcuratorship http://www.kb.nl/infolev/liber/intro.htm the following documents are made available:
- Progress reports 1998-2000 of 16 countries http://www.kb.nl/infolev/liber/intro.htm#pro1998
- Via Overview 1978-2000 the Report on the 12th conference of the Groupe des Cartothécaires de LIBER, 15 June - 1 July 2000, København, Denmark by the Secretary Chris Fleet http://www.kb.nl/infolev/liber/2000.html
In the first quarter 2001 the articles resulting from this conference will be added to the site.
2.2.2 The Portolan: Journal of the Washington Map Society Issue 49 (winter 2000-2001)
Contents of issue 49 Winter 2000-2001
- The Atlases of A. J. Johnson. By Ira S. Lourie
- Survey and Resurvey of the Fairfax Line. By David Lee Ingram
- Old Maps of Cuba. By Emilio Cueto
- The Classical Atlas Project Mapping the Greek and Roman World: Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. By Steve Vogel.
- The New Quads Ain't What They Used to Be. By Eugene M. Scheel
- The Cartographic Community: Through a Glass, Oddly. (A Look at The Island of Lost Maps) By Hubert O. Johnson
A Web Site with a listing of the contents of all issues of The Portolan to date is available at: http://users.supernet.com/pages/jdocktor/portolan.htmv
2.2.3 The latest issue of MapForum.Com is now available at: http://www.mapforum.com
2.3 Articles of Interest
2.3.1 ONLINE September 2000
- Norm Medeiros, XML and the Resource Description Framework: The Great Web Hope.
- Available at: http://www.onlineinc.com/onlinemag/OL2000/medeiros9.html
2.4 Internet Resources
2.4.1 Interactive Arctic Environmental Atlas launched
Environmental information on the Arctic region is presented in a new interactive map on the Internet. Any standard web browser can be used to browse and examine the situation in the far north of the World at the Arctic Environmental Atlas website: http://maps.grida.no/arctic.
The themes in this map primarily concentrate on issues like biodiversity and conservation -- where the Arctic has a special status, with vast expanses of still untouched nature, important fish stocks and large seabird colonies. Other environmental problems that the map touches upon are ecological footprint, land based pollution and climate change.
The major sources used are some of the best global publicly available collections of data and maps, that have been collected and projected to show a polar view, and implemented in this interactive map service. The Arctic Environmental Atlas also draws from work that UNEP/GRID-Arendal has done for various Arctic projects over the years, in everything from conservation to pollution monitoring.
The website was developed by UNEP/GRID-Arendal in Norway, a United Nations Environment Programme information centre.
For more information, please contact: Hugo Ahlenius, tel. +47-37035713, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lars Kullerud, tel. +47-37035708, email email@example.com.
2.4.2 Interactive Multimedia Cartography
From: Steve Westley SWestley@NRCan.gc.ca to various lists, December 2000.
The Centre for Topographic Information (Ottawa) has added examples of interactive multimedia cartography produced by the Cartographic Visualization on the Internet Project to its website. For more information go to: http://maps.NRCan.gc.ca/visualization/
The objectives of this project are to investigate, develop and evaluate methods for the effective portrayal of cartographic information on the Internet. Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, was chosen as the case study for the development of Internet-based cartographic visualization techniques. Visit the site and see examples of:
- Map Design for the Internet
- Fly-Through Animations
- Interactive Map Interfaces
- Geographical Interpretation
2.4.3 New Jersey Geological Survey Atlas Sheets
From: Tsering Wangyal Shawa shawatw@Princeton.EDU to various lists, December 2000.
The Digital Map and Geospatial Information Center has scanned maps of New Jersey Geological Survey Atlas Sheets, published between 1884 and 1894, which are in the Princeton Map Collection. For more information see: http://gisserver.princeton.edu/njgsatlas.html
2.4.4 The Lunar and Planetary Institute has made available online the Consolidated Lunar Atlas
From: David Bigwood firstname.lastname@example.org to various lists, December 2000.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute has made available online the Consolidated Lunar Atlas by Gerald P. Kuiper, Ewen A. Whitaker, Robert G. Strom, John W. Fountain, and Stephen M. Larson at: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/research/cla/menu.html
This atlas was a collection of very high quality, loose-leaf photographic prints of all of the best images taken from Earth-based telescopes. As it was made up of photographs, and not printed, this atlas was reproduced in limited quantities and distributed to members of the space community to support the upcoming Apollo missions to the Moon. Few intact copies of the CLA have survived; it has become one of the scarcest of all lunar publications, with used copies found in some rare-book shops going for thousands of dollars.
3.1 Upcoming National Conferences, Seminars, Talks, etc.
From: Angela Lee email@example.com to various lists, December 2000.
- ESRI Education User Conference, July 6-8 in San Diego, CA.
Want to learn about the uses of GIS in libraries, schools, and universities? Make plans to participate in the ESRI Education User Conference, July 6-8 in San Diego, CA. This conference, designed for educators using GIS in schools, universities, libraries and museums, will take place immediately before the 21st Annual ESRI User Conference, also in San Diego, CA. We have designed the program and registration fees to facilitate attendance at both conferences.
The ESRI Education User Conference will focus on use of GIS in educational settings, for both instruction and administrative/planning uses. There will be keynote speakers, user presentations, exhibits, and hands-on events on a wide range of GIS software from ESRI, all in one convenient location.
Presentation proposals for the ESRI EdUC are now being accepted via online submission form. Options are 30-minute user presentation, 90-minute panel session, 90-minute hands-on workshop, or exhibitor presentation. Proposal deadline is February 23, 2001. For details or to submit a presentation proposal, go to http://www.esri.com/gisedconf
From: Jay Lester firstname.lastname@example.org to various lists, December 2000.
- William P. Cumming Map Society
On November 22, 2000 a small group met on the campus of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill to organize a society for the study and appreciation of maps. It was decided that the Society would be named in honor of the late William P. Cumming, the widely respected scholar and collector of maps of the American Southeast. Among his many contributions to the study of the history of cartography was The Southeast in Early Maps.
The goal of the William P. Cumming Map Society is to bring together individuals who share a common interest and enthusiasm for maps. Membership is open to everyone and includes collectors, dealers, curators, academics, cartographers, and those who simply enjoy maps. The purpose of the Society is to promote the study of cartography and its history, to encourage map collecting, and to support the preservation of the world’s cartographic heritage. The Society plans to hold a series of regularly scheduled meetings, beginning in 2001. All who love maps, who want to learn more about them, and who want to meet others who share a similar passion, are encouraged to join.
Mark Thursday, January 18, on your calendars. The William P. Cumming Map Society will meet from 3:30-5:30 at the Chapel Hill Public Library (meeting site will change if there is an overwhelming number of cartophiles planning to attend). Please contact Jay Lester by email, email@example.com as soon as possible. Bring your favorite map (or two) and plan on discussing why it appeals to you; or bring a map about which you have burning questions that someone in attendance may be able to answer. Most of all, bring a desire to help your map society get off to a fantastic start!
The Chapel Hill Public Library is located at 100 Library Dr off Estes Dr just north of the E Franklin St/Estes Dr intersection. Phone 919-968-2777.
3.2 Upcoming International Conferences, Seminars, Talks, etc.
- Call for papers and exhibitors CARTO 2001: Cartography, Professions and Perspectives May 30 to June 2, 2001
The last century witnessed profound changes. In many fields these changes have influenced the way we live and work, particularly over the past few decades. Cartography has in turn been effected due to the development of new technologies in different domains, such as the capture, processing, management and dissemination of both digital and analogue data. The increase in data and software accessibility, in conjunction with the integration of many specialities like remote sensing, photogrammetry, GPS, GIS and the Internet has favored an increase in the use of cartography especially in non conventional areas.
Under the theme Cartography, Professions and Perspectives the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) are calling for conference proposals within the following subjects:
- History and evolution of cartography
- Data acquisition and dissemination
- Legal aspects
- Research and applications
- Technology and the future
- Risks and futures in cartography
Do you have products or services to offer ? Please contact us for more information on how to reserve a space in our commercial exhibition. This conference will be held at the " Université du Québec à Montréal " in collaboration with the " Université de Montréal ". This is an excellent opportunity for researchers and developers alike to promote their work.
Please send your abstract ( not more than one page) before January 27, 2001 or information requests for commercial exhibition to the following address:
- Comité CARTO 2001
- 1853, boulevard Pie-IX
- Montréal (Québec)
- H1V 2C7
- Or e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Maps and the Internet (Guangzhou, China , July 31 - Aug. 2) Call for Participation. The ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet announces a workshop preceding the 20th International Cartographic Conference in Beijing 2001 (ICC 2001; August 6-10). The Workshop is being sponsored by the Commission on Maps and the Internet, South China Normal University, and the Guangdong Academy of Sciences. The ICA Commission was formed in 1999 in response to the rapid growth in the use of electronic networks to distribute maps and spatial data. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together international specialists in the field of Internet mapping and to disseminate information to a broader audience on new developments and major areas of research.
- FEB 28, 2001 - Abstracts Due (300 words)
- MARCH 31, 2001 - Notification of Acceptance
- MAY 30, 2001 - Working Papers due for Paper Sessions
- JULY 31 - AUGUST 2, 2001 - Workshop in Guangzhou
- AUGUST 6 - AUGUST 10, 2001 - ICC 2001 in Beijing
General Information: The workshop will focus on a variety of issues related to the distribution of maps through the Internet. Working papers should address the terms of reference of the commission:
- Examine methods of promoting effective Internet mapping techniques, including methods of map distribution and Internet map design
- Examine Internet map usage and project future areas of growth
- Examine web map user issues to better serve user needs
- Examine the use of metadata to improve user access to maps
- Promote instruction on Internet mapping and the diffusion of the technology
Who Should Attend - Anyone interested in the use of the Internet for the distribution of maps and spatial data:
- members of academia who wish to familiarize themselves with recent research developments and who are keen to develop new perspectives
- practitioners from mapping organizations as well as software industry representatives who wish to contribute their experience with commercial Internet mapping software and explore new concepts and opportunities for software development
- students of cartography who wish to have a better understanding of the major areas of research related to the distribution of maps through the Internet. The participation of young researchers is particularly encouraged
About the Location - The meeting will be held in Guangzhou, China Located just north of Hong Kong, Guangzhou is the economic center of South China and one of the largest cities in the country. As the capital of Guangdong province, it is the administrative and academic center of the province. It is also the major city in the Pearl River Delta, the richest agricultural region in China. Guangzhou is easily accessible via air, train, highway, or waterway. It is about 30 minutes flight or 2 hours drive from Hong Kong. State of the art computing and audiovisual equipment will be available to support presentations and software demonstrations. Further travel to Beijing to attend the International Cartographic Association conference is possible by train (about $100) and plane (about $150).
ICC 2001 - This workshop functions as a pre-conference event to the 20th International Cartographic Conference 2001 (ICC 2001) in Beijing, to be held on 6-10 August 2000. The three-day gap between the two events should allow those wishing to participate in the ICC to easily travel to Beijing. Train tickets between Beijing and Guangzhou are approximately $100 and includes sleeping arrangements. An airline ticket is about $150 (one way). A post-ICC 7-day conference tour returns to Guangzhou via the historic cities of Xi?an and Guilin. Further information on the ICC 2001 can be found at http://www.sbsm.gov.cn/icc2001/.
Cost - A small workshop participation fee will be charged by the organizers in Guangzhou - $50 for attendees, $20 for presenters.
Resulting Publication - Working papers will appear on the Commissions home page at http://maps.unomaha.edu/ica/. Participants are encouraged to submit final papers to scientific journals and, depending on the number of submissions, an edited volume of papers may be published in book form.
Call for Abstracts - Participants will be selected from responses to this Call for Participation. If you wish to participate in the workshop please submit a 300 word abstract by FEBRUARY 28 2001 to Michael_Peterson@unomaha.edu. The abstracts should be no longer than 300 words in length and indicate whether you plan to submit a working paper or present a live demonstration. Include title, complete address information for all authors, e-mail address and abstract within an e-mail message. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by MARCH 31 2001. The selected participants will then also receive more detailed information on the particulars of the workshop and local arrangements (accommodation, etc.).
Working Papers - If you wish to participate in a paper session of the workshop, you will be asked to submit the following material BY MAY 30 2001 to a member of the Program Committee:
- a PDF document containing your working paper (4000-5000 words), including a BRIEF biographical sketch of for the author(s)
- COMPLETE address information for all authors, including fax, e-mail, and homepage, if available
Live Demonstrations - If you would like to present a live demonstration of an Internet map or spatial data distribution product, provide information on platform and audiovisual equipment requirements BY MAY 30 2001.
Inquiries and Paper Submissions
- Michael Peterson
- Department of Geography / Geology
- University of Nebraska at Omaha
- Omaha, NE 68182 USA
- FAX: +402 554-3518
- TEL: +402 554-4805
- Michael_Peterson@unomaha.edu (EMAIL PREFERRED)
Deadlines and Dates
- February 28 2001 DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
- March 31 2001 Notification of acceptance; preliminary workshop program; additional workshop information
- May 31 2001 Revised working papers due; uploaded to Commission website
- July 31 - August 2 2001 Workshop on Maps and the Internet, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China
- August 6-10 2001 20th International Cartographic Conference, Beijing
- The dates for the British Cartographic Society Symposium at Liverpool University in 2001 are from Thursday afternoon September 13 until Sunday lunchtime September 16. The Map Curators' Workshop will be on the Thursday afternoon September 13 with a visit on the Friday morning September 14. Suggestions for topics to Ann Sutherland at Ann_Sutherland@ed.ac.uk by Monday 8th January 2001
- The 4th AGILE Conference will be held from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21th of April, 2001 in Brno, Czech Republic. For more information go to: http://www.geogr.muni.cz/agile2001
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