Dr. Aileen Buckley has been a research cartographer with Esri since 2003 and a professional cartographer for almost 30 years. Dr. Aileen Buckley is a Professional Cartographer and has been making maps for over 30 years. Her PhD is from Oregon State University, she was on the faculty at University of Oregon, and she is an adjunct professor at University of Redlands. Dr. Buckley has published and lectured widely on topics relating to cartography and GIS. She is an author of the "Atlas of Oregon" (2001) and the sixth and seventh editions of "Map Use" (2009 and 2012). Her current interests are in working with maps for the web, for temporal data, and for statistical data. She publishes regularly in Esri's ArcWatch and ArcUser. She is a past president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, and she is currently chair of the U.S. National Committee to the International Cartographic Association and a U.S. Delegate to the ICA.

Recent Posts

New Aspect-Slope Raster Function Now Available

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Use a newly available Aspect-Slope Raster Function that can be downloaded from Esri’s GitHub repository for raster functions to quickly and easily create an aspect-slope map from raster elevation data. Continue reading

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Here it comes! Map Use, 8th Edition

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Keep your eyes open for the upcoming release of the 8th edition of Map Use from Esri Press!  Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, eighth edition, is a comprehensive, foundational textbook, providing students with the knowledge and skills to read and understand maps, and offers professional cartographers a thorough reference resource. The e-book will be our on September 19 and the print book on November 7. Learn more here: Esri Press| Map Use | Reading Analysis, Interpretation, eighth edition

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Legend item labels – singular or plural

By Aileen Buckley, PhD, Esri Research Cartographer

Legend Item Labels thumbnailI recently got a very good question from one of our users—”Is there a cartographic convention or guideline for legend item labels being singular or plural? Do plural labels imply something different if there are both singular and plural entries?”

Let’s start with the first question. As a rule, legend items labels should be singular nouns. Continue reading

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USGS Historical Topographic Maps in ArcGIS Online and ArcMap

By Aileen Buckley, Esri Research Cartographer

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), with the help of Esri, has posted almost 186,000 topographic maps from its national map series online. You can view these maps in an app called USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer. You can also add images of the maps to your project in ArcMap, then use the images to digitize features, make measurements, or perform other operations. Continue reading

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Formatting an Excel table for use in ArcGIS

By Aileen Buckley, Esri Cartographer

Excel to ArcMap thumbnailTo use an Excel table in ArcGIS, it should first be formatted correctly so that ArcGIS can read the table without errors. This blog entry contains links to a table with guidelines for how to format your Excel table, as well as a couple of other useful related resources.

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Making Bivariate Choropleth Maps with ArcMap


Here are links to the renderer and geoprocessing tool that can be used to make bivariate choropleth maps that I demonstrated at the 2015 Esri User Conference. Continue reading

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ArcGIS for Desktop Functionality Matrix

Functionality Matrix

By Aileen Buckley, Cartographer Although it has been around for a while, some people don’t know about the ArcGIS for Desktop Functionality Matrix. This handy document provides information about the license levels required to perform different tasks. ArcGIS for Desktop … Continue reading

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Cascadia graces the cover of the 2015 Esri Map Book


Chosen to grace the cover of the 2015 Esri Map Book, this map, by the Cascadia Institute with cartography by Benchmark Maps, shows for the first time the natural integrity of Cascadia as a whole bioregion. Continue reading

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