Mercator’s World

Geographical maps are a mirror of what we know about the world around us. Few individuals contributed more to the map making field than cartographer Gerardus Mercator. Check out this site that examines Mercator’s map making breakthroughs and mistakes, while also recognizing his lasting legacy. We still use Mercator’s projection for making nautical and aeronautical charts!

A Better Election Map

Since this is Election Day, I thought I would find something on election maps and cartography. I found this article from the New York Times. Politics aside, they do show how you can make a better election map using cartographic and color techniques. Check it out!

Also check out this interesting historical map at the Library of Congress on Presidential Elections from Washington (1789) up to Hayes (1876). Some of the history of the elections on the map are very interesting:

“Disputes arising in February, over the votes of South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana and Oregon, they were referred to, and decided by a Commission appointed for that purpose.”

“The votes of Arkansas and Louisiana were not counted in February, on account of irregularities.”

“Objections made to Wisconsin’s vote in February, were overruled by the Vice-President.”

Click below to see the map in detail.

Webinar: Six Elements Required for Effective Civic Engagement

Now more than ever, state and local governments need to communicate and engage with the public in effective ways. But what makes a civic engagement strategy successful? This webinar will explore the proven technologies and methods that your peers are using to drive effective engagement with their communities. Join the ESRI state and local government team to

  • Understand the six elements that must be included in your civic engagement strategy.
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Click here to register. Webinar November 18, 2020, 10am.