Volume 22, Number 2 

  • Words from the Chair 
  • National Geographic Cartography Award
  • Masters Thesis Research Grants
  • NACIS Call for Participation
  • NACIS Student Web Map Contest
  • ICA Annual Meeting  on Maps and Internet
  • USGS Landuse and Shaded Relief Maps
  • International Symposium on Spatial Data Visualization
  • CSG, GISSG, RSSG Student Competition
  • Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
  • British Cartographic Society Workshop
  • The 2002 Walter W. Ristow Prize 
  • Visualizing Historical Data
  • Calendar
  • Newsletter Deadline
  • Address Changes
  • 2002-2003 CSG Officers
  • Return to Other Newsletters

    Words from the Chair

    Rex Cammack
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work for putting together an excellent program at the AAG meeting in Los Angeles. As last years vice president, I helped arrange the cartography sessions, but my role was just a small part of the process of making a successful meeting. I especially would like to thank our departing officers James Lowry (Past President), Elizabeth Nelson (Secretary\Treasurer), Jeff Torguson (Academic Director) and Bridget Beesley (Student Director). Their work for the Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) was invaluable and I would like to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation for their efforts as officers. Turning to this year, I would like to welcome the new officers of the CSG; Judith Tyner (Vice President), Larry Handley (Secretary\Treasurer), Max Beavers (Academic Director) and John Kostelnick (Student Director). In addition to the new officers, Alison Feeney (Academic Director) and Trudy Suchan (Non-Academic Director) will be serving for a second year in their respective offices, and Matt McGranaghan has taken over as Past President. In addition to their roles as officers, these members also deserve recognition for their efforts regarding CSG. Max Beavers also serves as the editor for the newsletter and his efforts are sincerely appreciated. Dr Eugene Turner has been maintaining the CSG website. His efforts have resulted in a website that the members can be proud of. Another duty of Matt McGranaghan's has been maintaining the CSG listserver at the University of Hawai'i. The listserver is available to all members as a means to communicate to the group and I thank Matt for his effort in maintaining it.

    Over the next 10 months, the CSG has several issues that will need to be addressed. Here is brief description of these issues and how they will be handled.  Item one is an up-to-date email list for the members. I will be attempting to update the email addresses for everyone in the CSG and forwarding that list to CSG listserver. I'll start this process by using the email address that the AAG office has for each member. If that address is no longer available, I will attempt to contact that member. I'll start this process in late May. If you already know that the AAG email address for you is not valid, you can email your new address to me at rexcammack@smsu.edu (my address at the AAG is wrong).

    The second item to be addressed is the proposed name change that has been on going for the last two years. Currently, the CSG has a motion to vote on the name change, so I will be including the amendment vote on the officer's election ballot. Last year Keith Clarke and Jeremy Crampton wrote a position paper regarding the proposed name change. I will be including this position paper with the ballot and also posting them on the listserve this year. I would encourage you to carefully consider the name change and vote.

    The third item relates to the manner in which the CSG can hold elections. Currently all election ballots must be mailed and returned. Other specialty groups are now holding their elections through email ballot.  I will be putting forward an amendment to the bylaws that allows for a combination voting process, using both email and postal ballots. The main reason for this is cost saving on postage.  CSG is emailing and mailing the newsletter and it seems to be working pretty well. Because of this, I would like to see the voting process mirror the newsletter distribution process.

    Looking forward to the New Orleans meeting, now is the time to start thinking about organizing sessions and workshops. Judith Tyner is the program chair and Andre Skupin is assisting her with local arrangements. If you have an idea for a special session, please contact Judith Tyner and she can help you advertise and organize for the meeting. I would like to publicize an organized session(s) regarding Maps in the Internet that I will be organizing. If you are interested in presenting a paper on this topic in the organized session(s), you can contact me by email. I will also be looking into the possibility for having a virtual poster session where you can demonstrate Internet mapping research live on the internet (keep your fingers crossed). Along with the organized session, please encourage your students to enter the many different map design and research paper competitions held by or in conjunction with the CSG. As an organization, one of our principle means of bring young scholars into cartography is through these different competitions. These competitions allow students to express their ideas in a friendly and open manner and to interact with others in the discipline.  A robust cartographic competition schedule demonstrates to new scholars the vitality of cartography as well as its diversity of ideas and people involved in it. I encourage professors in the CSG to identify excellent work and to persuade those producing it to enter the different competitions. Many times a little encouragement can show a student that cartography can be a rewarding field as well as a future career.

    In closing I would like to extend my hopes that this year will be a successful one for the members of CSG. If you have any comments or suggestions about activities that CSG should consider, feel free to contact me.

    Rex G. Cammack
    Department of Geography, Geology and Planning
    Southwest Missouri State University
    901 S. National Ave
    Springfield, MO 65804
    (417) 836-5173

    National Geographic Cartography Award

    David Miller

    Anthony Robinson, Department of Geography, East Carolina University, is the winner of the 2002 National Geographic Award in Cartography. The award recognizes student achievement in the art, science, and technology of mapping. Anthony received the award because of his excellent academic record and his innovative map on Afghanistan: An Overview. His map summarized the complex physical and cultural geography of Afghanistan in a compelling 11x17 inch format. National Geographic will send him a cash award of $1200, the National Geographic Atlas of the World, and a certificate. Anthony plans to buy software with his award money to help with future mapping projects and to add the atlas to his extensive collection--certainly a good hobby for a cartographer.

    Some 10,000 copies of Afghanistan: An Overview were printed with help from the North Carolina Geographic Alliance (http://www.geo.appstate.edu/ncga/home.html). According to Anthony, the map started out as a simple map of South Asia and the Middle East for the school newspaper. However, one of his geography professors, Dr. Patrick Pease, encouraged him to do a high-quality overview of Afghanistan. Anthony's Afghanistan map will soon be posted to National Geographic's cartography award site at:

    Congratulations to Anthony and thanks to Dr. Alison Feeney, Geography Earth Science Department, Shippensburg University, for chairing the CSG Awards Committee and reviewing the many student entries.

    Best regards,
    David Miller
    Senior Editor
    National Geographic Maps


    Trudy Suchan

    June 15 is the next application deadline for the Master's Thesis Research Grant Program. We are eager to make the first awards of 2002 and hope to see applications in the next few weeks. These grants are available to masters students working on cartographic research and who are enrolled in a geography degree program. Grants are available to $300 and may be used for items necessary to research such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees. An application form can be obtained from the Non-Academic Director. The student also will submit a three-page description of the research plan and a simple project budget. Three people review each proposal. Other deadlines for submission are November 15 and March 15 each year. For more details on the program, go to www.csun.edu/~hfgeg003/csg/master.html. Obtain an application now by calling or e-mailing:

    Trudy Suchan
    CSG Non-Academic Director
    U.S. Census Bureau
    (301) 457-2419


    The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Program Committee invites you to participate in their 2002 meeting by presenting a paper, poster, or exhibit; or by planning a session, panel discussion, or workshop. The meeting will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Columbus. Computing facilities will be available for workshops. All cartography-related topics are welcome, and student participation is encouraged.

    To submit a paper, email your 250 word abstract to the program chair, Gordon Kennedy, by May 31, 2002. Please include your submission within the email message, rather than as an attachment. Be sure to list names and affiliations of all authors, include phone and email for the presenting author, and specify any equipment needs. Email abstracts and/or questions to veep@nacis.org. Participants will be notified by June 30, 2002 of acceptance of their abstract.

    To submit an exhibit or poster, email your description to the poster session chair, Jeffrey McMichael by August 30, 2002. Remember to state the exhibit or poster title, list names and affiliations of authors, and specify space needs. Email exhibit description and/or questions to


    Charlie Frye

    The NACIS Student Web Map Contest is open to all college or university students in North America. Students enter interactive or animated maps that are published on the Internet, typically through their institution's website or web services. A $500 prize is awarded at the annual NACIS conference for the best interactive map and for the best animated map. Judging criteria include, cartographic design, technical merit, concept, and stability/accessibility. Students may learn more about and enter the contest by reading the material at:


    Michael Peterson

    The ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet (http://maps.unomaha.edu/ica/ ) announces a workshop preceding the 4th annual "Web.Mapping" Symposium in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Workshop is sponsored by the International Cartographic Association's Commission on Maps and the Internet, and the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. The workshop is itself preceded by a conference on Location-based Services and Mobile Mapping in Bremen,Germany, that takes place on Sept. 17-19.

    The ICA Commission was formed in 1999 in response to the rapid growth in the use of electronic networks to distribute maps and spatial data. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together international specialists in the field of Internet mapping and to disseminate information to a broader audience on new developments and major areas of research.

    Important Dates:
     APRIL 30, 2002 Abstracts Due (300 words)
     MAY 31, 2002 Notification of Acceptance
     JULY 31, 2002 Working Papers due for Paper Sessions
     SEPT 17-19, 2002 Pre-Meeting Congress on Business
       Geomatics and Mobile Mapping in Bremen, Germany
     SEPT 24-25, 2002 Maps and the Internet Workshop in
     Karlsruhe, Germany
     SEPT 26-27, 2002 Post-Workshop Congress on
    Web.Mapping in Karlsruhe, Germany

    For more information contact:
    Michael P. Peterson
    Chair, International Cartographic Association
    Commission on Maps and the Internet
    Department of Geography / Geology
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Omaha, NE 68182-0199
    (402) 554-4805


    Joseph Kerski
    The National Atlas of the United States now offers a new shaded relief and elevation map, created from a digital file of elevation values for North America. The elevation values were first grouped into ranges and assigned colors and also processed into relief shading, simulating the illumination of the landscape from the northwest. Then, the colors were combined with the relief shading into a map of North America that shows both broad elevation bands and detailed surface features.

    Atlas products and services are developed under partnerships between many organizations of the Federal government and private industry. For more information about the National Atlas, this and other Atlas maps, visit the Atlas website at http://nationalatlas.gov

    "Shaded Relief Map of North America"
       Stock number: 112733
       Price: $7 plus a $5 handling charge per order
       Size: 42 « by 37 « inches
       Scale: 1:10,000,000

    The "Geographic Face of the Nation-Land Cover" Map is now available for sale. Compiled in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency, the vividly colored map portrays a seamless National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD) using 1992 Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery and supplemental data for the conterminous United States. The printed map depicts 21 different land cover categories at a spatial resolution of 30 meters and represents a mosaic of 48 individual state databases.

    The NLCD was produced as a digital dataset to be used in geographic information systems (GIS) for regional-scale environmental analyses, such as watershed management, natural resource inventories, and transportation modeling. NLCD data are used by numerous Federal agencies to meet their land management responsibilities. At full resolution (30 meters), coverage of the lower 48 states requires approximately 14 gigabytes of data. Full resolution digital data for individual states can be downloaded free-of-charge at the following website: http://landcover.usgs.gov/natllandcover.html.

    "Geographic Face of the Nation-Land Cover"
       Stock number: 112765
       Price: $7 plus a $5 handling charge per order
       Size: 54" by 35"
       Scale: 1:4,000,000

    Order both maps from:

    USGS Information Services
    Box 25286
    Denver CO 80225
    FAX: 303-202-4693


    The International Symposium on Spatial Data Visualization will be held July 10-12, 2002 in London, England. This symposium is part of the annual International Conference on Information Visualization, sponsored by IEEE Computer Society.

    The symposium scope includes:
     Methods for visualizing spatial data

     Spatial data mining
     Interactive, multimedia, and animated maps
     Influence of GIS and GPS on spatial data visualization
     Accuracy and precision in GIS and GPS
     Spatial data base exploration
     Raster vs. vector based visualization methods
     Dynamic map design
     GIS interface
     File compatibility
     Spatial data quality assessment and impact
     Spatial data and environmental modeling

    All papers are peer reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Please note that the deadline for paper submission is April 1st. This deadline is different from the deadline for other symposia listed on the conference website.

    For more information contact:

    Amy Lobben
    Department of Geography
    296A Dow Science
    Central Michigan University
    Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859

    Ludmilla Moskal

    The Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing Specialty Groups Illustrated Paper Student Competition (organized by Ludmila M. Moskal and Bridget J. Beesley) attracted a number of excellent submissions at the recent AAG meeting in Los Angeles. The following students were awarded for their efforts:

    1st Place (Certificate and $150)
    Erik R. Strandhagen, University of Oregon
     Compiling and visualizing historical land cover data for
    the Sierra Nevadas

    2nd Place (Certificate and $75)
    Jennifer A. Miller, San Diego State University
     Modeling Vegetation Alliances in the Mojave Desert
    with Spatial Dependence

    3rd Place (Certificate and $50)
    Kevin L. Alicia, University of Toledo
     Examining Phenology and Spectral Response to Identify
    Crops in The Sandusky Watershed of Northern Ohio

    Honorable Mention (Certificate)
    Zhixiao Xie, SUNY at Buffalo
     Representing geographical image contents for
    content-based image retrieval by fusing the continuity
    and discontinuity information

    The organizers would like to thank the many excellent judges who volunteered their time.



    James Akerman

    The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library is seeking elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to test in the classroom a preliminary version of it new educational web site, "Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms." The site uses original historic maps to teach the geographic dimensions of American History. When it is publicly launched in 2003, it will include images of maps and other documents dating from the 15th to 20th centuries drawn from the renowned collections of the Newberry Library. Activities based on these maps will explore six major themes in American historical geography: discovery and encounter, migration and settlement, environmental history, transportation and communication, political and military geography, and the geography of communities. Macromedia Flash technology will allow users to pan around and zoom in on map images. Historical background and commentary on the map, supplemental images, interactive student exercises, and lesson plans appropriate for different grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) will accompany each map. Designed to accommodate a variety of K-12 curricula, these materials will exploit the particular ability of historic maps to excite students' imagination of past landscapes, events, and human geographical conditions.

    The project staff would be delighted to make contact with teachers of all grade levels who are willing to test the site in their classrooms at any time through December 15, 2002. Interested teachers should register as a teacher-tester by submitting their name, the name and mailing address of their school, the grades and subjects they teach, and their e-mail address to:

       The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center
       The Newberry Library
       60 W Walton Street
       Chicago IL 60610
       smithctr@newberry.org (email)

    or register on-line at http://www.newberry.org/K12
    Teachers not wishing to register at this time may visit the above site for more information or contact us at smithctr@newberry.org.


    Margaret Dixon

    The 39th Annual Symposium and Map Curator's Workshop will be held from Thursday 12 September to Saturday 14 September 2002 at the University of Portsmouth, in Portsmouth, England.

    The Symposium will consist of our usual mixture of informative lectures, workshops and social events:
     Symposium Session I Mapping Hampshire lands and seas
     Symposium Session II Contemporary UK aerial  photography
     Symposium Session III Introducing cartography into the  school curriculum
     Symposium Session IV UK contributions to the  International Cartographic Association
     Symposium Session V Coastal zone mapping
     Map Curators Group (theme: Reference work in map  libraries) plus excursion to local sites
     Workshops: hands-on sessions using computer assisted  products in the educational and commercial fields
     Exhibition: the annual showpiece of British cartography
     Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony: on board the  historic HMS Warrior

    BCS members will receive a brochure and booking form in the post in May. For any specific queries please contact:

    David Fairbairn
    BCS Programme Committee Chairman
    Department of Geomatics
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK.
    Tel +44 (0)191 222 6353
    Fax +44 (0)191 222 8691
    e-mail Dave.Fairbairn@ncl.ac.uk

    British Cartographic Society web site is at
    Latest symposium news on


    Steven J. Vogel

    The Walter W. Ristow Prize seeks to recognize achievement in cartographic history and map librarianship and is offered annually by the Washington Map Society.

    Who May Apply: The competition is open to all full or part-time upper-level undergraduate, graduate and first-year postdoctoral students attending accredited colleges or universities.

    Entry Criteria: Entries are to be research papers or bibliographic studies related to cartographic history and/or map librarianship. In the case of undergraduate and graduate students, the entries shall have been completed in fulfillment of requirements for course work. A short edition of a longer paper is permitted; papers of shorter length have been highly competitive. The text may not exceed 7,500 words, in English. Papers must be fully documented in a style of the author's choice (endnotes preferred). Inclusion of clear graphics supporting the paper is appreciated.

    Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2002 and sent to John Docktor, Ristow Prize, 150 S. Strathcona Drive, York PA 17403-3833, USA.

    Format: Entries must be submitted in four unbound copies with appropriate title page and cover sheet. The cover sheet must include the entrant's name, address, telephone number(s), and e-mail address (if available) for timely contact. Please be certain that identifying material does not appear on any page except for the cover sheet.

    Judging Criteria: Entries will be judged on three broad criteria: importance of research, (e.g., originality, sources); quality of research (e.g., accuracy, source reliability); quality of writing (e.g., clarity, command of cartographic terms).

    Judging Methods: Entries will be assessed by three judges of suitable cartographic background. Judges will receive anonymous copies of entries, read them independently, and report their assessments to a collator.

    The Award: The winner will receive $500, a one-year membership in the Washington Map Society, and the paper will be published in The Portolan, the journal of the Washington Map Society.

    Walter W. Ristow, co-founder and first president of the Washington Map Society, is Chief, Emeritus of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.

    For further information about the RISTOW PRIZE contact John Docktor at the above address or at jdocktor@cyberia.com. For information about the Washington Map Society contact Stacy Hoppen (stacyhoppen@hotmail.com), Membership Chair, P.O. Box 15530, Washington, DC 20003, USA; or


    Anne Knowles

    A New Book from ESRI Press Blends Geography and History to Find New Answers to Old Questions. Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History, a new book just released by ESRI Press, brings the spatial and visual revelations of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to the study of history. Chapters cover a range of topics, from the Greek and Roman eras, to the Salem witch trials, to the Dust Bowl of the early 20th century, from a number of leading scholars in the United States and Great Britain. Each author explains, in lively, accessible language, how GIS helped reveal the past in new ways, recreating Civil War battlefields, bringing ancient landscapes back to life, and re-examining long-held assumptions about historical events. All technical terms are defined in context and in the glossary. Each chapter is full of color maps and diagrams, made with GIS technology and showing various ways that that technology can serve history.

    Not just for historians, Past Time, Past Place shows that historical GIS is a meeting ground for historians, geographers, geographic information scientists, and scholars in many other fields, from religion to sociology. Historical GIS provides the tools to combine those fields to study patterns of change at every scale of human activity.

    Editor Anne Kelley Knowles is a historical geographer living in Washington, D.C. She has written about a variety of geographical and historical topics, including geographical visualization, historical GIS, immigration, and the history of technology.



    April 19-26, 2002.
    FIG/ACSM/ASPRS Spring 2002
    Conference, Washington, D.C.

    July 8-12, 2002.
    ESRI International User Conference. San
    Diego, California.

    July 10-12, 2002.
    International Symposium on Spatial
    Data Visualization. London, England.

    September 12-14, 2002.
    39th Annual Symposium and
    Map Curator's Workshop. British Cartographic Society.
    Portsmouth, England.

    September 24-25, 2002.
    ICA Commission on Maps and
    the Internet workshop preceding the 4th annual
    "Web.Mapping" Symposium in Karlsruhe, Germany.

    October 9-12, 2002.
    North American Cartographic
    Information Society Annual Meeting. Columbus, Ohio.

    Newsletter Deadline

    Submission of items for the CSG newsletter must be
    received by Sept. 30th for the Fall issue.  Please send
    your articles to:

         Max Beavers
         Department of Geography
         Samford University
         Birmingham, Alabama 35229

    Address Changes

    The CSG receives its email addresses and mailing labels from AAG Headquarters. Changes or corrections to the mailing list should be sent to:

    Director of Membership
    Association of American Geographers
    1710 Sixteenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20009-3198

    2002-2003 CSG Officers

    Chair (2002-2003)
    Rex Cammack
    Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning
    Southwest Missouri State University
    Springfield, Missouri 65804

    Vice Chair (2002-2003)
    Judith Tyner
    Department of Geography
    California State University, Long Beach
    Long Beach, California 90840

    Secretary/Treasurer (2002-2004)
    Lawrence Handley
    U.S. Geological Survey
    National Wetlands Research Center
    700 Cajundome Boulevard
    Lafayette, Louisiana 70506

    Academic Director (2002-2004)
    Robert Maxwell Beavers
    Department of Geography
    Samford University
    Birmingham, Alabama 35229

    Academic Director (2001-2003)
    Alison Feeney
    Geography Earth Science Department
    Shippensburg University
    Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257

    Non-Academic Director (2001-2003)
    Trudy Suchan
    United States Census Bureau
    4700 Silver Hill Road, Stop 8800
    Washington, DC 20233-8800

    Student Director (2001-2002)
    John Kostelnick
    Department of Geography
    University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas 66045

    Past Chair (2002-2003)
    Matt McGranaghan
    Department of Geography
    University of Hawai'i at Manoa
    2424 Maile Way
    Honolulu, Hawaii  96822

    Newsletter Editor
    Robert Maxwell Beavers
    Department of Geography
    Samford University
    Birmingham, Alabama 35229

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