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Digital Cartography


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Digital Cartography

  1. 1. Digital Cartography Geography and Culture Across the Curriculum Presented by Patrick Woessner
  2. 2. How Well Do We Know Our World? <ul><li>Only thirty-seven percent of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003. </li></ul><ul><li>Forty-seven percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>Seventy-five percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East. </li></ul><ul><li>Twenty percent of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It's the largest country in Africa.) </li></ul><ul><li>Fifty percent of 18-24 year old Americans can't find New York on a map. </li></ul>Source: 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey Image Source: The Onion
  3. 3. How Well Do We Know Our World? <ul><li>Fewer than thirty percent think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just fourteen percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill. </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language. </li></ul><ul><li>Forty-eight percent of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim. (It's Hindu—by a landslide.) </li></ul>Source: 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey Image Source: National Geographic News <ul><li>Six in ten did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Geography, Culture, and Literacy <ul><li>Intercultural literacy is essential today </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Geographic Perspective <ul><li>Any discipline can be approached from a geographic perspective: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Math concepts and explorations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientific data and discoveries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature tours and trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical places and maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language and culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art and music </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Google Maps: Overview <ul><li>Google Maps provide an easy entry point to digital cartography </li></ul>
  7. 7. Google Maps: Viewing Content <ul><li>There are several viewing options in Google Maps </li></ul>
  8. 8. Google Maps: Browse Content <ul><li>Map content can be added via the directory </li></ul>
  9. 9. Google Maps: Creating Content <ul><li>With a Google Account, you can create custom maps using My Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Map placemarks can contain text, images, and video </li></ul><ul><li>Use “Rich Text” for images; HTML for video </li></ul><ul><li>You can invite collaborators and share your mail via email or embed </li></ul>
  10. 10. Google Earth: Overview <ul><li>Google Earth brings a 3D perspective to digital cartography </li></ul>
  11. 11. Google Earth User Interface
  12. 12. Google Earth Toolbar <ul><li>Click toolbar buttons to… </li></ul>For more information, see the Google Earth User Guide
  13. 13. Viewing Content: Search, Places, and Layers <ul><li>Search: Fly To, Find Businesses, and Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Places: My Places, Temporary Places, and Add Content </li></ul><ul><li>Layers: Primary Database </li></ul>
  14. 14. Viewing Content: Historical Layers
  15. 15. Viewing Content: Earth, Sky, Ocean, and Mars <ul><li>The View button can toggle between Earth, Sky, and Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Like earth, the Sky and Mars can be searched </li></ul><ul><li>The Earth’s oceans are available in the Layers panel </li></ul>
  16. 16. Creating Content: Placemarks <ul><li>A Placemark (pin) can contain text, images, video, and audio </li></ul><ul><li>Content is formatted using HTML </li></ul><ul><li>You can learn HTML (tedious) or use an HTLM editor (easy) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online HTML Editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NVU </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Templates are also available </li></ul>
  17. 17. Creating Content: Polygons and Paths <ul><li>Polygons and paths can be geometric or free-form </li></ul><ul><li>Polygons can be 2D or 3D </li></ul>
  18. 18. Creating Content: Tours <ul><li>Placemarks can be assembled into tours that include audio commentary </li></ul>
  19. 19. Assorted Features and Tips <ul><li>Views can be saved as images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>File  Save  Save Image </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Snapshot View determines precise display of your placemark </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View  Snapshop View </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Ruler can measure lines and paths </li></ul><ul><li>Places/tours can be saved as KMZ files and share via email or upload to the web </li></ul>
  20. 20. Additional Google Earth/ Google Maps Resources <ul><li>Google Earth Community </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Real World Math Using Google Earth </li></ul><ul><li>Google Lit Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Google Almanac </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious google_earth Tag </li></ul>
  21. 21. Additional Tools <ul><li>GeoCommons : create interactive maps with geographic data </li></ul><ul><li>Gapminder : maps and charts of statistical data; can create own map using the Motion Chart gadget </li></ul><ul><li>WorldMapper : collection of maps with data that can be exported </li></ul>
  22. 22. Addition Information <ul><li>More information on this topic and presentation can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li>Questions or comments? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email me at [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @pcwoessner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul></ul>