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NACIS - Carto Club

We're underway at NACIS 2012 in Portland, Oregon.  Yesterday, over 400 people participated in Practical Cartography Day (@NACIS_PCD).  An onslaught of 17 by 20-minute presentations all relating to cartography, GIS, mapping, publishing, web design, visualization, 3-dimensional mapping, modeling, graphic design techniques, and map printing.  Some resounding presentations from PCD were given by Stamen (Michael Migurski & Nathaniel Kelso), TileMill/MapBox (Dane Springmeyer), AxisMaps (Andy Woodruff), Tom Patterson, International Mapping (Alex Tait), National Geographic, Sarah Williams (MIT), and Daniel Huffman.

Following a brief 2 hour break, the opening keynote for the conference was given by Katy Börner from Indiana University in Bloomington.  She directs the Information Visualization Laboratory, curates the international exhibit Place & Spaces: Mapping Science and authored the Atlas of Science.

The group of cartographers, designers, and geographers flowed into the map-poster gallery for cocktails and networking.  There is a student-poster competition going on and there will be a Geodweeb Jeopardy session Friday night that I have signed up for.  All of this carto-talk has me excited to start working with QGIS, TileMill, and other GIS Software tools to develop a personal passion project (alliteration intended) to show at next year's NACIS in Greenville, South Carolina.

On a side note, I need to start running again (and sign up for another 10K, 15K, or Half-Marathon) as my ankle has healed from the sprain I incurred last Tuesday.

  1. Mapmyrun data? -Running Data intersecting with ?x? other variable?Project Idea #1
  2. Mountain biking data? Mountain biking industry? Similar to running data project?
  3. Baseball modeling with geospatial/statistics from the MLB (see Dr. Kirk Goldsberry for inspiration) - Project Idea #2
  4. Dancing/movement data in public spaces (street performances), mapping the spatial quality to amateur performance-based art across the world?  Tourist destinations???- (Venice Beach, New York City (temporally in summer? underground in winter (MTA)), Barcelona, Rome, London, Australia).  How would you collect this data? Reference it? Run comparative data analysis from "professional" landscape of performance-based data - Project Idea #3
  5. Soundspatial lanscape? DJ analysis? Music data? Recording industry? Indie-music, self-publishing music? - Project Idea #4
  6. Spatial dynamics of humanitarian efforts, non-profit organizations (NPOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international relief organizations, , or Water for People? - Project Idea #5
  7. Glocal Globes? 360* Interchange of "perspective-places" to locals. Intersecting and blurring the lines of east/west and north/south for urban landscapes that transcend the commonalities and differences of that "city".  Abstract globe art (relatively) shaping the way people view their space.  Live and assimilate to local area, then inflate or deflate the local perspective of their space.  Challenge their stereotypes of the familiar. - Abstract Project Idea #6

While writing this, Daniel "daan" Strebe was presenting a topic for The Aesthetics of Mapping II  called 'The Impotence of Maps'.  Completely burning my eardrums, through "rhetorical taint" quotes, cynicism, dark-humour, and an ultimately belief to adjust your map-production process for those who value maps, need maps, and add future growth to 'mapping'.

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Graphical Excellence

Graphical Excellence!

I am reading Edward Tufte's The Visual Display of Quantitative Information: Second Edition. It is one of the greatest books on data visualization, infographics, and space-time-data representation.  I just finished the first chapter of the book; Graphical Excellence. Tufte defines it as:

graphical excellence is the well-designed presentation of interesting data - a matter of substanceof statistics, and of design.

He writes, "graphical excellence consists of complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision, and efficiency.  Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space.  Graphical excellence is nearly always multivariate. And graphical excellence requires telling the truth about the data.

I first learned about Edward Tufte and his book after reading through Bret Victor's Links page on his beautifully designed website.  From what I've read on the web, Bret is a multivariate design guru occupying the 21st century with an impressive catalog of productions.  Furthermore,  I have written about him before.

And as a final note, I am going to a presentation on complex data visualization in Salt Lake City's Public Library this Saturday.  The presentation is being given by Miriah Meyer at the Salt Lake Mini-Maker Faire.  I'm excited to attend, interact, and frolic with artists, engineers, visionaries, geographers, and intellects alike.  Call or e-mail me if you would like to join...

RIP - Steve J. (oct 5, 2011)

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