Fundamentals in the Mapping Sciences

Lab Reference Page

 

Quick Jump to a Lab

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

Student Web Server

 

Where you sign up for a FSU email account

Get a Frostburg E-mail Account

 

Where you can download a free version of FTP

Download WS-FTP LE 

 

Two site to experiment with contrasts in background and text colors for your web page

DebMark

ZSPC

 

If you are interested in using textures as a background, then check this site out

Julian Tolson

 

Some examples of the different web site classifications as reviewed in lecture.

Static Maps

CIA World Factbook -- a collection of simple outline maps of countries around the world.

Digital Atlases

Digital Atlas of Idaho -- an electronic atlas of Idaho containing information on archeology, biology, geology, geography, etc.

Map Generators

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

 

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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

http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/notes/mapproj/mapproj_f.html

 

2. The Geographer's Craft Page on Coordinate Systems

http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/notes/coordsys/coordsys.html

 

3. An overview of map projections created by Carlos A. Furuti  

http://www.progonos.com/furuti/MapProj/CartIndex/cartIndex.html

 

4. An overview of map projections from the USGS (from their famed poster on map projections)  

http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/MapProjections/projections.html

 

5. Some Map Projection Essentials

http://www.mapthematics.com/Essentials/Essentials.html

 

6. A picture gallery of dozens of map projections

http://www.geometrie.tuwien.ac.at/karto/

 

7. A gallery of map projections by Paul B. Anderson

http://www.csiss.org/map-projections/index.html

 

8. A useful overview of common map projections

http://lazarus.elte.hu/~guszlev/vet/

 

9. A very good general overview of map projections with plenty of examples and discussions

http://www.mathworks.com/help/toolbox/map/f4-4154.html 

 

10. A useful table showing selected projections and their properties

http://www.mathworks.com/help/toolbox/map/f11-21816.html

 

11. An interactive Album of Map Projections from Penn State

http://projections.mgis.psu.edu/

 

12. Quite simply a great book on map projections (John P. Snyder)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/AnAlbumOfMapProjections.pdf


Lab: Positioning Type

 

1. An overview of type from the National Park Service's Interpretive Center at Harpers Ferry WV

http://www.nps.gov/hfc/products/pubs/pubs-sb-06.htm

 

2. An interesting website covering various topics relating to type, such as how the aging process impacts seeing type

http://www.informationdesign.org/archives/cat_typography.php

 

3. There is even a journal about type if you are so inclined.

http://www.baselinemagazine.com/

 


Lab: Visual Variables and Introducing Freehand

 

            1. A brief summation of Stevens (1946) measurement levels and more from Wikipedia

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levels_of_measurement

 

            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

            http://cc.owu.edu/~jbkrygie/krygier_html/geog_222/geog_222_lo/geog_222_lo11.html

 

            3. The company who produces and distributes Freehand

            http://www.adobe.com


Lab: Data Classification

 

The six maps below illustrate the impact of applying different data classification methods on the same data set.  

 

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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: 

 

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·         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.

 

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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.


Lab: Isarithmic Mapping

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:

1)   The Perry-Castaņeda Library On-line Map Collection 

 

2)   The National Geographic Map Machine (enter the country's name in the search box)

 

3)   CIA World Factbook (look under the country's name in the pull-down menu)

 


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