The Map Thief in California!

The California Map Society and Stanford University are arranging a distinguished speaker series with talks in San Diego, Los Angeles and Stanford in mid September. Michael Blanding will be our first speaker talking about his well received book, The Map Thief. Michael is a Boston-based investigative journalist whose work has been published in The Nation, The New […]

Some say that Chicago was the last great capital of cartography!

If there’s a capital of commercial mapmaking in the U.S. today, it’s probably in Silicon Valley. But from the late 19th century to the post-World War II era, Chicago was America’s city of maps. East Coast capitals like New York, Philadelphia, and Boston had led American mapmaking during the country’s first century, using European-derived techniques […]

Stanford Is Mapping Emotions in Victorian London

Stanford’s “Mapping Emotions in Victorian London” is a crowdsourcing project designed to expand possibilities for research in the humanities. The project has invited anonymous participants to annotate whether passages drawn from novels, published mainly in the Victorian era, represented London places in a fearful, happy, or unemotional manner. This data allows Stanford to generate the maps you […]

New Books and Publications

A color printed compilation of our last two digital Occasional Papers is now available to purchase. Go to our CMS Publications page under Research & Education for more. Julie Sweetkind-Singer has updated her recommended Books page with seven new additions. Go to our Books page under Research & Education.

Here’s a map puzzle to figure out

We just received this email: My name is Matt, and I’m participating in a trivia scavenger hunt contest sponsored by a college radio station in Minnesota. We are given visual clues to identify ahead of time, as they will ask questions about them during the contest. One of the images is a mid-20th century Rand McNally […]

Today’s London via GIS

Here are twelve very interesting views of London as compiled from today’s data. This BBC report is extracted from a new book, London- The Information Capital, written by Geographer Dr James Cheshire and visual designer Oliver Uberti.  Well worth a view if you’re headed there – or even if not. (more…)