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Are cartographers taken for granted?

James Cheshire and Oliver O’Brien at Californian Cartographic Summit

Are cartographers taken for granted?

Dr James Cheshire was invited to address the “Cartographic Summit 2016” on The Future of Mapping, arranged by the International Cartographic Association in conjunction with ESRI, in Redlands, California from 8-10 February 2016.

The summit brought together leaders from across academia, industry and the media to explore their perspectives on the future of cartography. All agreed that this is an exciting time for mapping, and resolved to do more to bridge the gap between the various map-making professions. Discussion also considered the crucial importance of design thinking in adapting cartographic work to external changes.

James’s talk, entitled ‘Big Data Cartography’, argued for the greater use of programming to hasten the map-making process and allow more time to be devoted to good design.  His talk was live-streamed, and as a result received a significant amount of social media attention. One of his comments, Cartographers are taken for granted every time they do a great map”, generated significant debate.

Oliver O’Brien’s maps also received significant praise, with welcome critique from a couple of the speakers, and provided a basis for some interesting discussions.


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