Cartography is the knowledge associated with the art, science, and technology of maps. Maps portray spatial relationships among selected phenomena of interest and increasingly are used for analysis and synthesis. Through digital cartography and web mapping, however, it is possible for almost anyone to produce a bad map in minutes. Although cartography has undergone a radical transformation through the introduction of digital technology, fundamental principles remain. Doing computer cartography well requires a broad understanding of graphicacy as a language (as well as numeracy and literacy). This course provides an introduction to the principles, concepts, software, and hardware necessary to produce good maps, especially in the context (and limitations) of geographic information systems (GIS) and the web.
You will be asked to work through a series of modules that present information relating to a specific topic. You will also complete a series of cartography projects to reinforce the material. Lastly, you will complete term projects. Please see the sequencing document for our suggestions as to the order in which to work through the material. We have also provided PDF versions of the lectures with the notes included.