Maclean's writes about the latest in cartography, including the Professor Anthony Robinson and the world's first digital-mapping open online course.
There is a democratization of cartography, what Robinson has dubbed a “geospacial revolution.” Last month, Robinson, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, wrapped up what’s being called the world’s first digital-mapping open online course—with 48,000 registered students (36,000 of whom participated in some way). He taught students around the world to harness new software and combine it with data to make their own thematic maps, the kind that used to appear only in history or geography textbooks. “Now, if you read Wired or Gizmodo, you’re probably going to encounter, every few days, a map of slang, or where the football fans are for a certain team—you name it,” Robinson notes. Everything happens somewhere, he says: disease outbreaks, poverty, Bigfoot sightings. Thus, everything can be mapped.
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