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Mercator’s 500th birthday

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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March 5, 2012 marked what would be the 500th birthday of Gerhardus Mercator (1512—1594). Mercator was a Flemish map maker and geographer. In 1569, he created the Mercator projection, which is widely used for navigation because straight lines drawn on maps that use this cylindrical projection are lines of constant compass bearing (rhumb lines); a variation of his projection is used today for many web maps. Mercator mastered the essentials of mathematics, geography, and astronomy and primarily supported himself through his craftsmanship of mathematical instruments. With Gemma Frisius, another producer of globes and mathematical instruments, and Gaspar à Myrica, an engraver and goldsmith, he made Louvain, Belgium, an important center for the construction of globes, maps, and astronomical instruments. Continue reading

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Updating the Mapping Center blog

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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You may have noticed some changes in the Mapping Center blog. As noted in an earlier blog entry, we are updating the entire Mapping Center web site. An exciting part of the update to our blog is that you can now find—in one location—other entries that are useful and interesting to you. The ArcGIS Blog contains entries for area that are very related to mapping, such as 3D GIS, Analysis & Geoprocessing, Geodata, and Services. Continue reading

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National Geographic style basemap

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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In case you missed the original announcement back in mid-December, National Geographic and Esri have collaborated on the production of a new basemap that reflects the NG cartographic design, typographic style, and map policies.

This basemap provides a visually appealing background for web mapping applications for mobile users, consumers, and educational purposes, and is also well suited as a general reference map for many GIS projects. Continue reading

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Updating the Mapping Center web site

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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Mapping Center was launched in April 2007. The web site was and still is dedicated to helping you make great maps with ArcGIS by introducing you to the same concepts and techniques that professional cartographers use. Our goal is your demonstrated success in cartographic information design and presentation.

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Thank you from Mapping Center! 2011

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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In light of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, we want to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your use and support of Mapping Center. Since the start of this year, we’ve received 500 Ask a Cartographer questions (almost 23% of the total number of questions we’ve gotten since we first opened this web site in 2007!) We’ve also received about 100 comments. Thank you for getting in touch with us with your questions, comments, concerns and suggestions!

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New edition of Map Use available from Esri Press

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

Map Use 7th Edition

On October 18, 2011, Esri Press announced the release of the seventh edition of Map Use: Reading, Analysis, Interpretation, a standard reference for GIS students and professionals since 1978. This full-color textbook provides readers with the knowledge to effectively interpret modern cartography.
A. Jon Kimerling, Aileen R. Buckley, Phillip C. Muehrcke, and Juliana O. Muehrcke authored this edition of the book. In part one, “Map Reading,” they discuss the geographic data underlying a map and the importance of map accuracy. Part two, “Map Analysis,” describes how to analyze spatial structures and relationships in the mapped environment. In the newly added part three, “Map Interpretation,” they place emphasis on understanding environmental maps throughout four chapters:
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ArcGIS Online A-16 data

By Christine Hopkins, Technical Lead, Esri Online A-16 Data

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Content is contributed to ArcGIS Online by a variety of users and organizations. One of the many contributors is a team within Esri that adds A-16 data to ArcGIS Online.

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Historical USGS topographic quads

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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Some of you may find this news of interest…the USGS historical topographic quadrangles are being made available in the Map Locator application at the USGS Store website (http://store.usgs.gov/), for viewing/downloading in GeoPDF format (a print-on-demand can also be ordered). They will be posted in the same order that the new product U.S. topos are being made available, so the first state for which they are available is Kansas. These historical quad scans include every version of a USGS topographic quadrangle map that was printed, including reprints where no changes were made to the interior of the map. Here is where you can find details on this project: http://nationalmap.gov/historical/index.html.

Note that we also blogged about this in an earlier entry: USGS Historical Quadrangle Scanning Project.

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Esri Production Mapping

By Greg Tieman, Technical Manager, Mapping & Charting Solutions

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For this blog topic, we’d like to introduce you to Esri Production Mapping and outline some of its benefits for map and data production. Production Mapping provides several cartographic capabilities that will be covered in upcoming blogs. For now let’s just talk about what this product is.

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Esri Data & Maps

By Aileen Buckley, Mapping Center Lead

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Need data for the U.S. or the world? Have you checked out the Esri Data & Maps collection? This collection includes:

* Over 120 pre-symbolized vector data layers for North America, Europe, and the world.

* Basemap and thematic map documents with scale-dependent rendering and labeling and the ability to turn layers on and off.

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