January 27, 2012

Citizen map makers

Posted by josediacono @ 9:30 am under Uncategorized


citizen mapmakersWe see them every day, popping up on our Twitter feeds, filtered through blogs, or even scattered throughout the New York Times: maps portraying not the usual locations or destinations, but data.  From people’s kisses in Toronto, to the concentration of pizza joints in New York, to the number of women who ride bikes, to the likelihood of being killed by a car in any given American city, the list of lenses through which we can now view our cities and neighborhoods goes on, thanks to data-mapping geeks.

“The map user has now become the map creator,” is how Fraser Taylor put it to me in an interview. The director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University, Taylor is one of the world’s leading cartographers, standing as the director of the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping and a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Global Geographic Information Management as well as a host of other major international mapping organisations.

Read more: http://thisbigcity.net/how-citizen-mapmakers-are-changing-the-story-of-our-cities/

Thanks to Ross Johnson for this posting.



  1. well said! land surveyors certainly map objects off the beaten path. Here is a project you might be interested in (citizen map makers) http://surveyearth.com Have you heard of the Survey Earth in a Day Event? http://www.strikingly.com/surveyearth
    This may be something we could discuss for a possible blog topic, as your expertise would be extremely valuable during this process. If you are interested in talking about the project, let me know. Here is the website for the project http://surveyearth.com and media kit http://bit.ly/SEIADmedia

    Comment by JFarrowMay 10, 2013 @ 9:48 am
  2. Hi, I wasn’t aware of the survey earth project. i will take a look at it.
    I am overseas until late July so would that be too late to contribute?

    Jose Diacono

    Comment by josediaconoMay 10, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

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