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  1. Mar 2020
    1. 8. Decolonize Mapmaking Our work on local first tools is deeply influenced by indigenous-led movements to decolonize mapping, with the explicit goals of making maps that increase indigenous sovereignty & land rights. From participatory mapping, collective mapping, counter-mapping and MappingBack, there are inspiring examples from around the planet of how indigenous peoples & other local communities are reclaiming mapmaking in order to assert sovereignty over their traditional territories. Such decolonized mapping processes enable communities to communicate their worldviews, values and relationships with territory to outside audiences. They disrupt existing norms and assumed practices of European cartography, including whether rivers should always be blue, which direction maps are oriented, and even what constitutes a map. From our projects supporting indigenous-led mapping, we’ve been inspired by the ways that indigenous people are making their own maps to assert their rights, and the ways that they are decolonizing mapmaking in the process.
  2. Feb 2020
    1. We’re mapping a human health tragedy that may get way worse before it subsides. Do we really want the map to be screaming bright red? Red is a very emotive colour. It has meaning. It can easily connotate danger, and death, which is still statistically extremely rare for coronavirus.

      Why using a red colour on choropleth map might be not the best choice

    2. you cannot map totals using a choropleth thematic mapping technique. The reason is simple. Each of the areas on the map is a different size, and has a different number of people in it.

      Why using choropleth thematic mapping isn't a good idea for a Covid-19 map

  3. Apr 2019
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  5. Apr 2017
    1. Maritime navigators and map-makers long ago standardized on the compass rose. But the compass echoes the clock face, which in turn mimics the direction of sweep of the sun across the sky when facing South in the Northern hemisphere, and the consequent sweep across the ground of any shadow as observed in the dominant culture of that hemisphere. Accordingly, navigational angles increase toward the right when facing out from any location, with zero usually at the top. Rotation (yaw) is thus positive "clockwise." This is a convention which is not to be contradicted.