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Great Map Giveaway

Just a reminder that the Great Map Giveaway will be held today in the University Galleria beginning at 8:15 a.m. today!

There are maps from various countries on various topics. Maps are parts of sets, or just single sheets and are not organized in any way (yes, somewhat complete chaos).

All maps are free to a good home.

Again as in previous years, these maps are first come first serve.

Hope to see you there!

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Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics.

Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.

Source: Vox.com – news website that provides dynamic coverage of stories and crucial context

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Three young Ottawa men have created and launched a social mapping tool that lets users pin their own notes on Apple’s map.

When an iPhone user logs in, the Notewalk app pinpoints their location. The user can then post notes to that specific location, but only while the user is actually there.

Imagine you’re at a restaurant on Bank Street and you’ve had a great meal or a terrible coffee. You can log in and post that information for everyone else using the app.

But it’s more than reviews. People can post the location of great parking spots, or a note about a recent spate of bicycle thefts in a specific neighbourhood. If a certain sidewalk isn’t accessible for people in wheelchairs, they can post that information while they’re there.

Read more here.

Source: CBC News

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Plan to attend this event!

Great Map Giveaway on Oct. 10th, 2013

When: 9am to 5pm

Where: Galleria – Unicentre @ Carleton

Carleton’s Map collection has recently undergone significant weeding, resulting in a surplus of discards, superseded and /or duplicate maps. It is our wish to share these discards with the Carleton community.

There are maps from various countries on many topics and or may be parts of sets or just single sheets and not organized in any way.

Use them for teaching, learning, research, posters, wallpaper, books covers, writing paper, crafts, conversation starters, origami, decoupage, note pads….in fact, never buy wrapping paper again!

All maps are free to a good home

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The Canadian Environmental Health Atlas is an online, open access, visual publication that emphasizes stimulating research and case studies using maps, graphics, videos, infographics and narrative to explain some key concepts of environmental health. Organized by ten themes, the atlas website will include a variety of topics such as asbestos, lead, heat waves, SARS and the Aboriginal Community Well-being index. New topics will be added as they are developed.

Source: CAGlist

The world’s most and least vulnerable areas have been mapped by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland and Stanford University. It illustrates the global distribution of climate stability and is part of a study that appears in the online version of the journal Nature Climate Change.

Source: Science Daily

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Geographer’s Revenge

Read Jason Dittmer’s review of Robert Kaplan’s new book, “The Revenge of Geography”.

Here is a snippet:

In an attempt to atone for his idealist support of the invasion of Iraq, Robert Kaplan has turned to geography, but in casting about for an explanation of what went wrong, Kaplan has stumbled into the shallows of geopolitics.

“What did we do to geography to get it so mad?” quipped the cashier, eyeing the cover when I bought Robert Kaplan’s latest from a bookstore in my hometown. I have to admit that I laughed—as a geographer you get so used to the un-funny jokes (“you must get tired of coloring in maps all the time”) that when you hear something new it is a genuine pleasure. But the joke seems oddly prescient now that I have read the book. Indeed, there have been crimes against geography, with Kaplan the latest perpetrator. Read on.

The book is available in the Carleton library, JC319.K335 2012

Source: The New Inquiry

 

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Check out Old maps online.

Google Maps has revolutionized the way we approach cartography, but really old specimens have a je ne sais quoi that is tough to replicate in digital form. Old Maps Online, an initiative of the The Great Britain Historical GIS Project and Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland, combines the ease of digital searching with the magic of older maps – allowing users to search the physical collections of the world’s libraries.

Source: Urban Planet Toronto

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