Category: Free Writes

Reflecting on Turchi’s “Plus Ultra”

As we wrap up our time with Turchi this semester, I realized, in reading this last chapter of his book that after all of the discussions and in-depth analysis and critique on the various aspects of cartography that we have done in class, I am not as averse to...
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The Gallery of Maps in the Vatican

I travelled to Rome over Thanksgiving break with my family and upon touring the Vatican, was excited to see that one of the great halls there was called the Gallery of Maps which portrays Italy through a successive series of cartographic depictions. Here is what the informational pamphlet said...
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Reflecting on Wood’s “Indigenous Mapping”

In Wood’s piece on indigenous mapping, I was fascinated to read about how it was that the movement for portrayal of indigenous territories on widely published maps came to be so widespread. He writes that this was largely due to the increasing support of important financial contributors such as...
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Reflecting on the New York Public Library

Walking up the grand marble stairs of the library past the two great lions sitting out front, I was struck by the immensity of the New York Public Library. It is immediately clear that the Allentown Public Library and Trexler Library do not even hold a candle to the grandiosity...
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The issue of identity and bias

In discussing Batchelor’s research paper on the Selden map in class today, the issue of Eurocentrism in his work was brought up and the idea on how such matters should be addressed sparked my interest. Personally, I would make the case that while I see the importance and underlying...
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Reflecting on Denny: “Surveying”

I found this to be quite the fascinating read. It was rather interesting to look at the various methods that have been used over the course of time to accurately and precisely make finite measurements concerning distances and the like. Given all the work we have been doing in...
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Understanding where our data comes from

I would really urge us to take a closer look at what role statistics plays in GIS and where the data that we see comes from. As we have discussed, GIS refers to the process in which data is compiled to make maps such as GoogleMaps. This can include...
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Map viewing reflection

Being able to actually view the maps in person, as opposed to through a digital platform, allows for a closer and more intimate look at history. While I will say that the digital archives are of a very high quality that allows for truly astonishing zoom capabilities, seeing the...
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Take II on “What is a Map?”

According to all of the texts we have so far been examining, a map can be anything. Not limited to just geographical representations of the world around us, maps are an all-encompassing ideal of trying to make sense of where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we...
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Restrictions enforced by the AIC

To me, it seems like the AIC is almost intended to hamper collaboration and restrict our exposure to pulling ideas from other sources. With such a stringent code that details how exactly punishment will be inflicted upon those who draw their inspiration from external sources, it seems that this...
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