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  1. Cartography 310

    December 20, 2006 by siera104

    In the Fall of 2006 I took Cartography 310, basics in map making at Frostburg State University with Dr. Fritz Kessler. Below are the maps I produced in the class. To get a closer view click for a larger image or PDF.

    Here are links to some notes I took and used to study for this class.

    Chapter 4 Notes
    Chapter 11 Notes

    Chapter 5 Notes

    The first maps were to demonstrate we could choose the appropriate map projection for the purpose.

     

    The next lab we learned about type placement, and made had to label maps of Allegany County and Garrett County Maryland using certain criteria.

    Allegany County Maryland Garrett County Maryland Labels Cartography Lab

    Allegany County Maryland Garrett County Maryland Labels Cartography Lab

    The following lab we had to put our labeling to the test and label a county map of Ohio.

    labels Ohio counties and county seatsLab 4

    United State Boat Accidents

    United States Boating AccidentsLab 5

    Maryland 2004 Presidential Election results by County

    Maryland Superfund Sites

    United States 2006 Dominate Commodity by StateUnited States Farm Size 2005Lab 6, we learned about map normalization, and demonstrated how the data can appear differently depending on how the data is normalized.

    United States Inmate Population 2006

    Lab 7

    SomaliaFinal Project

    The theme of the final projects for this class was the Middle East. I choose to show how ethnicity and religions were distributed during the 20th Century. It was really difficult to find precise data. I like the layout and color skeme of the map.

    Ethnic and Religious Distributions in the Middle East

    Ethnic and Religious Distributions in the Middle East

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  2. Cartography Exam 2

    November 22, 2006 by siera104

    Review for Exam #2

    Below is a summary of topics that you should become familiar with for the second exam. This list is not all inclusive of every concept term and topic reviewed in class. Thus, you are expected to have read an understood all reading, lecture, and associated materials. The text book for the class was Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization (2nd Edition) (Prentice Hall Series in Geographic Information Science) by Terry A. Slocum, Robert B McMaster, Fritz C. Kessler and Hugh H. Howard (Jul 8, 2004).

    Data Measurement Levels and Visual Variables (Ch 4 pp. 56-64)
    What are the data measurement levels
    Explaining the differences in nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio level data
    What are the visual variables
    Explain how each visual variable can be applied to a specific data measurement levels

    Map Design (Ch 11, and Readings on Reserve)

    • What role does science and art play in map design
    • Imitation, Emotive, Expressionist, and Communicative
    • Describe the commutation model and understand the basic elements and process
    • How has cognate psychology influence map design?
    • Three stages of map design
    • Gestalt Principles- How do each contribute to effective map design
      • Grouping
      • Differentiation/ heterogeneity
      • Good Contour
      • Surroundedness/ Closure
      • Relative Size
      • Lightness
      • Familiarity
      • Simplicity
    • Visual Hierarch/ Intellectual hierarchy
    • Interposition
    • Articulation
    • Controls of map design

    Data classification (Ch 5, pg. 74- 90)

    • Understand how different methods are computed: equal interval, mean-standard deviation and natural breaks
    • Know what method tries to accomplish
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method?
    • What are the differences between standardized and nonstandardized data?
    • Why is I appropriate to standardize data?

    Principles of Thematic Symbolization (Ch 4, p. 64 ~ 73)

    • Understand the symbolization Matrixes (continuous/ secrete – abrupt/ smooth)
    • Cholorpleth, Graduated Symbol, Dot, Isarithmic Symbolization
    • When are the se methods appropriate?
    • What kind of dada is appropriate fro each methods
    • Be label to describe the difference in data and phenomenon

    Cholorpeth mapping (Ch 13)

    • Understand when the method is appropriate
    • Discuss the kinds of data that are collected for this method
    • What kind of information is communicated with this method
    • Basic construction techniques
    • Advantages and disadvantages of this method

    Proportional symbol Mapping (Ch 16)

    • Understand when the method is appropriate
    • Discuss the kinds of data that are collected for this method
    • What kind of information is communicated with this method
    • Basic construction techniques
    • Advantages and disadvantages of this method

    Dot Mapping (Ch 17 pg 28~335 only)

    • Understand when the method is appropriate
    • Discuss the kinds of data that are collected for this method
    • What kind of information is communicated with this method
    • Basic construction techniques
    • Advantages and disadvantages of this method

    Isarithmic Mapping (Ch 15)

    • Understand when the method is appropriate
    • Discuss the kinds of data that are collected for this method
    • What kind of information is communicated with this method
    • Basic construction techniques
    • Advantages and disadvantages of this method