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Geography Week and GIS Day at UVA

Published in Neogeography, Presentation  |  3 Comments

UVA Academical Village MapThis week is National Geography Awareness Week. Hopefully you’re celebrating it your own way by enjoying a map, thanking a cartographer, or even doing some mapping yourself! It’s clear that mapping and geo have entered the mainstream – everyone is engaging with maps through navigation systems, friend location finders, and virtual globes. The next step is to make people aware of the potential for them to personally engage with place and location for personal interests, business uses, and community building.

This Wednesday, I will be giving the GISDay plenary talk at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. My talk, “Neogeography: from Tower to Town Hall” will discuss how the movement to broad, public engagement and collaboration, particularly around geographic contexts through web maps, mobile devices, and open data can build stronger communities, improved research, representative government and better livelihoods of people. (link to the UVA Calendar)

Around Washington, DC you can join the OpenStreetMapping party in Bethesda, MD on Saturday, or you can check out the large list other activities at GISVirginia. Whatever you do, spread the word and encourage people to go out and map something.

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  1. Peter Charles Dingle says:

    April 7th, 2011 at 9:37 pm (#)

    I love maps. I am drawn to them. If whatever I might be reading reveals a map as I turn the page, I will stop. I will look at it and study it. If it is a place I know or have been to, even better. But what really is most compelling to me are old maps. I love looking at how the world was perceived and recorded in the past. The older the better. How strange North America looked on an old map made by a European cartographer a few centuries ago. So if you know of any symposiums or lectures/presentations on historical maps, pass it along. Good stuff, and keep in touch!

  2. ADHD Doctors Connecticut says:

    April 8th, 2011 at 9:45 am (#)

    I go way back with a love of maps. I’m a sailor, a pilot and a “road warrior” in general. When I sailing or flying I always make sure to practice “old school” navigation at some point because electonics fail, but I’m pretty sure my eyesight and my brain will work (most days). This simple ritual has gotten me out of some tight spots that others, who may not have grown up with the “old fashioned” paper maps, parellel rules, etc., may have found challenging. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Steve Gillman says:

    April 8th, 2011 at 12:31 pm (#)

    Fascinating ideas. I hope you can eventually get one of your presentations online for those of us who do not live nearby. A speech at (and the resulting video) would be great.