Fundamentals in the Mapping Sciences
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Lab - Website Construction Lab
Lab - Map Design and Layout in ArcMap
Lab - Map Projections Using ArcMap
Lab - Positioning Type
Lab - Visual Variables/Introduction to Freehand
Lab - Data Classification
Lab - Graduated Symbol Map
Lab - Isarithmic Mapping
Lab - Map Production I: Base Map Compilation
Lab - Map Production II: Map Design
Lab - Map Animation I: Introduction to Flash
Lab - Map Animation II: Animating Census Data
Lab: Website Construction Lab
Where you sign up for space on the FSU web server
Where you sign up for a FSU email account
Where you can download a free version of FTP
Two site to experiment with contrasts in background and text colors for your web page
If you are interested in using textures as a background, then check this site out
Some examples of the different web site classifications as reviewed in lecture.
CIA World Factbook -- a collection of simple outline maps of countries around the world.
Digital Atlas of Idaho -- an electronic atlas of Idaho containing information on archeology, biology, geology, geography, etc.
Yahoo Maps -- need to plan a trip, get directions, find out where someplace is? This is a way to interactively enter queries about a place, such as where is it, and instantly receive information pertinent to your request.
Spatial Data Warehouses and Digital Data Libraries
Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access -- provides access to various kinds of spatial data about Pennsylvania.
Real Time Map Browsers
United States National Atlas -- displays interactive graphs, maps, and tables of data about different kinds of cancer for state, economic region, and county level.
Real Time Maps and Images
Puget Sound Traffic Maps -- shows real-time traffic conditions in Puget Sound in the state of Washington.
Lab: Map Design and Layout in ArcMap
An example map showing the world's top twenty happiest countries
For a *.pdf version of the map -- Click Here
Lab: Map Projections
A few links to map projection web pages that might be useful
1. The Geographer's Craft Page on Map Projections
2. The Geographer's Craft Page on Coordinate Systems
3. An overview of map projections created by Carlos A. Furuti
4. An overview of map projections from the USGS (from their famed poster on map projections)
5. Some Map Projection Essentials
6. A picture gallery of dozens of map projections
7. A gallery of map projections by Paul B. Anderson
8. A useful overview of common map projections
9. A very good general overview of map projections with plenty of examples and discussions
10. A useful table showing selected projections and their properties
11. An interactive Album of Map Projections from Penn State
12. Quite simply a great book on map projections (John P. Snyder)
Lab: Positioning Type
1. An overview of type from the National Park Service's Interpretive Center at Harpers Ferry WV
2. An interesting website covering various topics relating to type, such as how the aging process impacts seeing type
3. There is even a journal about type if you are so inclined.
Lab: Visual Variables and Introducing Freehand
1. A brief summation of Stevens (1946) measurement levels and more from Wikipedia
2. An overview of the visual variables from Dr. John Krygier at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for heading 4a -- The Visual Variables
3. The company who produces and distributes Freehand
Lab: Data Classification
The six maps below illustrate the impact of applying different data classification methods on the same data set.
Lab: Graduated Symbol Map
For an example of good and poor graduated circle maps, click on the thumbnail below.
The top illustration shows a reasonable graduated circle map.
Some good qualities of this map include:
· Circles are appropriately sized.
· Circles are placed in the center of each state directly over the capital city.
· The legend is properly arranged with appropriate values.
· The title is clear and provides explanation of the data.
The bottom illustrations show poorly executed graduated circle maps.
Some poor qualities of these maps include:
· Circles are too big obscuring many states.
· No description of data values in legend.
· Poor text placement strategies.
This map involves the creation of a surface of some 'z' value
This link takes you to Golden Software, makers of Surfer - a powerful spatial interpolation software package.
Once on this page, click on the Surfer link to see the various kinds of 'surface' this software can produce.
Lab: Map Production I: Base Map Compilation
This lab involves creating a base map of a foreign country.
Some of the sites from which you can use to learn more about the foreign country are found at the links below:
2) The National Geographic Map Machine (enter the country's name in the search box)
3) CIA World Factbook (look under
Lab: Map Production I: Map Design
A broad overview of the map design process from the Geographer's Craft.
Pay particular attention to bullets 3 -- What is a Good Map and 4 -- Basic Elements of Map Composition
Lab: Introduction to Map Animation
The following animations are best viewed using Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Cel-based Animation Example in Flash
Tweened Animation Example in Flash
Lab: Animating Census Data
A simple animation showing the path of West Virginia Population Change 1969
Last Updated 09/08