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VIDEO: Saving the art of mapmaking

“If you’re heading out on the road for your vacation this year, you’ll probably get directions from a GPS or navigational system. Does that mean that the traditional map is a relic of the past? Mark Albert hits the road to find out.”


This video is designed for a general news audience and it nicely shows the public how cartography is not rendered unimportant in the era of digital maps, but has become all the more useful.  I could see this video as useful resource to share with parents who are worried that studying geography won’t lead to careers.  


Tags: GIS, video, mapping, cartography, geospatial, technology.


Via Scoop.itGeography Education

Do you want to use GIS but don’t have the budgetary support to install expensive software?  Don’t know where to start?  QGIS is a free, open-source GIS that is a nice option for schools operating on a limited budget that still want a full GIS platform.

For GIS novices, here is an excellent set of video screencasts that are an introduction to what GIS is, using the QGIS software. This site also provides sample data, tutorials and worksheets.

Another excellent tutorial for novices to GIS is found here.   This tutorial was especially designed for journalists creating maps, and walks you through the installation process as well as some of the basics of the user interface.

Many small city governments without the budget to run proprietary GIS software use QGIS and here is a repository of QGIS resources including blogs, forums, tutorials and user manuals.  An excellent blog with QGIS tutorials is:


Geospatial mapping enhances Arlington National Cemetery management

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

Officials at Arlington National Cemetery will use an Army-designed geospatial mapping system to manage cemetery operations, the executive director of the Army National Cemeteries Program said March 8, 2012.  

This is another fantastic example of how GIS, GPS and online mapping can be used within many diverse projects.  Mapping cemeteries can be an excellent service learning project for a GIS class and the exploring local cemeteries is a very hands on method for exploring local history in a way that makes place matter. Geographic skills and spatial analysis is increasingly critical in the 21st century as we’ve seen an explosion of online applications for geospatial technologies.

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