Volume 22, Number1 
Winter 2002

  • Words from the Chair 
  • CSG Annual Business Meeting
  • New USGS Maps
  • Masters Thesis Research Grants
  • ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet
  • National Geographic Receives British Awards
  • The 2002 Walter Ristow Awards
  • Calendar
  • Newsletter Deadline
  • Address Changes
  • 2001-2002 CSG Officers
  • Return to Other Newsletters

    Words from the Chair

    Matt McGranaghan

    These will be my last Words From the Chair. I'd like to use the opportunity to thank Max for driving things along with the Newsletter, the Board for their contributions this year, particularly Rex for putting together an interesting program for the meetings this year, and the membership for their patience as we've discussed issues that now seem to require a paper ballot for closure.

    My current understanding is that we still need to have a physical ballot to vote on two issues: (1) a proposed name change for the SG and (2) the ability for the SG to conduct business (i.e., vote) via email. We missed the opportunity to include these questions on the physical ballot for officers that you should have received recently. I am still seeking guidance as to whether these issues can be dispatched at the SG's business meeting (on Wednesday) during the association's annual meetings in LA. If not, there will be another mailed ballot for these questions shortly.

    In closing, I offer thanks to you all for your contributions in making the Cartography Specialty Group what it is. I look forward to seeing you in LA.


    Matt McGranaghan
    Cartography Specialty Group Chair
    Associate Professor
    Department of Geography
    University of Hawai'i at Manoa


    The annual CSG Business Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm as part of the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles, CA. Please join us as we meet to summarize events and discussions over the past year and to make plans for the upcoming year. Check your program for room and schedule changes.


    Joseph Kerski
    Two new shaded relief maps for the State of Colorado and the state of Utah are now available from the USGS. Produced from the National Elevation Dataset (NED), both a color version and a black and white version have been printed. These are quite impressive and useful for teaching about landforms, watersheds, population, and more. The NED is a new raster product of the USGS, designed to provide national elevation data in a seamless form with a consistent datum, elevation unit, and projection. In the NED assembly process, the elevation values were converted to decimal meters and recast in a geographic projection on the 1983 North American Datum.

       "Colorado" Color Shaded Relief
           Stock number: 112162
       "Colorado" Black and White Shaded Relief
           Stock number: 112163
       "Utah" Color Shaded Relief
           Stock number: 112461
       "Utah" Black and White Shaded Relief
           Stock number: 112462

    These maps are the standard $7 for each map plus $5 shipping per order.
    To order, call 1-888-ASK-USGS or 303-202-4700, or visit http://ask.usgs.gov.


    Trudy Suchan
    March 15 is the next application deadline for the CSG's Master's Thesis Research Grant Program. If you need to plan a little further ahead, the next deadline is June 15. 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 (contact information follows; your best bet is email communication for initial contact). The student also will submit a three-page description of the research plan and human-subjects clearance (if the research involves human subjects) must be obtained before grant money can be awarded. Three people review each proposal.

    For more details on the program, go to

    Trudy Suchan
    CSG Non-Academic Director
    U.S. Census Bureau
    4700 Silver Hill Road, Stop 8800
    Washington, D.C.  20233-8800
    (301) 457-2419


    Michael Peterson

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

    General Information:
    The workshop will focus on a variety of issues related to the distribution of maps through the Internet. Working papers should address the terms of reference of the commission:
    1. Examine methods of promoting effective Internet
        mapping techniques, including methods of map
        distribution and Internet map design.
    2. Examine Internet map usage and project future areas of growth.
    3. Examine web map user issues to better serve user needs.
    4. Examine the use of metadata to improve user access to maps.
    5. Promote instruction on Internet mapping and the
       diffusion of the technology.

    In conjunction with the working papers the workshop will also feature live demonstrations. Contact Georg Gartner at gartner@tuwien.ac.at for more details.



    David Miller
    The "MARS REVEALED" map and web site (at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/maps) won the 2001 John Bartholomew Award from the British Cartographic Society (BCS). The award includes a silver salver with "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAPS" engraved on it. The salver and framed Mars map will be displayed at the U.S. Embassy in London until September 2002.

    "UTAH: Seamless USGS Topographic Maps on CD-ROM" was awarded the 2001 BCS Ordnance Survey Award for Innovation in the Design and Presentation of Spatial Data. Judges liked the "playability" of the software which allows users to generate an elevation profile of their route and to produce customized maps. For more information please go to

    National Geographic and BCS presented two British students with awards. Laura Stewart, University of Edinburgh, and Jonathan Poulton, Oxford Brookes University, received cash awards and atlases for "outstanding achievement in cartography." Website

    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
    Thank you.

    David Miller
    Senior Editor National Geographic Maps


    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


    Visualization I: Applications and Issues
          Wednesday, March 20, 8:00-9:40 am
        Organizers: Robert Maxwell Beavers, Scott White
        Chair: Robert Maxwell Beavers
     Alex D Keuper, "Geographic Uncertainty Information and Decision-Making"
     Trudy A Suchan, "Usability Studies of Geovisualization Software in the Workplace"
     Tao Tang, "Spatial Correlation of Limestone Pinnacle with Geological Fracture and Joint in Stone Forest Park, China"
     Colleen Garrity, "An Exploration of Monsoonal Lightning Strikes through Geovisualization"

    Visualization II - Spatialization Theory and Methods
        Wednesday, March 20, 10:00-11:40 am
        Organizers: Andre Skupin, Sara Irina Fabrikant
        Chair: Andre Skupin
     Masahiro Takatsuka, "Exploratory analysis of demographic data using the Self-Organizing Map and 3-D visualization tools"
     Andre Skupin, "A Geographic Interpretation of the Self-Organizing Map"
     Bruce Rex, "The Starlight Approach to Text Spatialization for Visualization"
     Sara Irina Fabrikant, "Empirical Approaches to Semi-Immersive Spatialization Designs"
     Ferjan Ormeling, "Fantasy maps as sources for geographic notions"

    Visualization III - Spatialization and Geovisualization
        Wednesday, March 20, 1:00-2:40 pm
        Organizers: Andre Skupin, Sara Irina Fabrikant
        Chair: Sara Irina Fabrikant
     Dan Haug, "Interactive Spatialized Visualization of Hierarchical Clustering"
     Christopher A Badurek, "Spatialized User Interfaces for Geospatial Image Collections."
     Etien Luc Koua, "Self-Organizing Maps in Geospatial Information Visualisation"
     Kevin J Konty, "The Role of Visualization and Spatialization in Understanding Multiregional Population Projections and Their Underlying Models."

    Visualization IV: Illustrated Paper Session
        Wednesday, March 20, 3:00-4:40 pm
        Organizers: Robert Maxwell Beavers, Scott White
        Chair: Scott M Bell
     Robert Maxwell Beavers, "An Animated Look at Broad Scale Demographic Trends in Metropolitan Birmingham,
    Alabama from 1960 to 2000"
     Scott M Bell, "Scale and Cognition"
     Timothy L Nyerges, "Linked Visualizations in Support of Sustainability Modeling"
     Lin Wu, "Climatic Data Visualization in GIS Environment"
     Pragya Agarwal, "Representation and Visualisation of historicity in Urban Landscapes"
     Nicholas R Chrisman, "Recognizing the Role of Culture: Where the ontology movement in GIS gets lost"
     Teresa Howard, "Visualization for Non-Geographers: Looking for Urban Heat Islands"

    The Status of Cartography Education in the US
        Wednesday, March 20, 3:00-4:40 pm
        Organizers: James D Lowry, Dennis Fitzsimons
        Chairs: James D Lowry, Dennis Fitzsimons
    Panelists:  Judith A. Tyner
       Kathryn F Thorne
       Carol A Gersmehl
       Rex G Cammack
       Ute J. Dymon
       Dennis Fitzsimons

    Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History 1
        Thursday, March 21, 8:00-9:40 am
        Organizer: Anne K. Knowles
        Chair: Trevor M Harris
     Benjamin C. Ray, "Mapping the Salem Witch Trials"
     James D Harlan, "Missouri's Lewis and Clark Landscape"
     Aaron C. Sheehan-dean, "New Approaches, New Insights: Historical GIS in the Valley of the Shadow"
     Amy Hillier, "Searching for Red Lines: An Empirical Investigation of Mortgage Discrimination in Philadelphia,
     David Rumsey, Meredith Jean Williams, "Using Historical Maps In GIS"

    Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History 2
        Thursday, March 21, 10:00-11:40 am
        Organizer: Anne K. Knowles
        Chair: Lewis R Lancaster
     David J. Bodenhamer, "North American Religion Atlas: Creating an interactive atlas using time-enabled spatial
    Internet technology "
     Tom Elliott, "Pleiades: a digital collaborative workspace for ancient geography"
     Andrew A Beveridge, "Exploring the US Past: The National Historical Geographical Information System
    (NHGIS), Prospects and Examples"
     Ian N Gregory, "The Great Britain Historical GIS: Distorting the past to understand demographic change."
     Anne K. Knowles, "Through the Looking Glass: Is GIS Changing History?"

    Popular Cartography and Society: 18th and 19th Century Perspectives
        Thursday, March 21, 1:00-2:40 pm
        Organizers: Christina E. Dando, James R Akerman
        Chair: Christina E. Dando
     Andrea R Foroughi, "Magnifying and Masking Others' Presence Through Colonial North American Maps"
     Christine M Petto, "A Taste for Maps: Map Promotion in early modern Europe"
     Karen A Mulcahy, "Consistency and Chaos: Projections and Meridians in 19th Century American Atlases"
     Jordana Dym, ""More calculated to mislead than inform": Travel Writers' Maps of Nineteenth-Century Central
    Discussant: David Woodward

    Popular Cartography and Society: 20th Century Roadscapes and Cityscapes
        Thursday, March 21, 3:00-4:40 pm
        Organizers: Christina E. Dando, James R Akerman
        Chair: Daniel R. Block
     Daniel R. Block, "Corn and Skyscapers: Deconstructing Images of Iowa on Official State Highway Maps, 1930-2001"
     Christina E. Dando, "'Going Places?': Gender and Map Use on 20th Century Road Maps"
     Joann Conrad, "Mapping Californialand"
     Michael E Crutcher, "Mapping New Orleans'paradoxical tourist landscape: preservation, parades, and public housing"
    Discussant: James R Akerman

    Popular Cartography and Society: Applications to Teaching Geography and History
        Thursday, March 21, 5:00-6:40 pm
        Organizers: Christina E. Dando, James R Akerman
        Chair: James R Akerman
    Panelists:  Christina E. Dando
       Karen M. Trifonoff
       Jackie S Fenno
       Andrea R Foroughi
       Karen A Mulcahy
       Jordana Dym

    Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing Specialty Groups Illustrated Paper Student Competition
        Friday, March 22, 8:00-9:40 am
        Organizers: Ludmila M Moskal, Bridget J Beesley
        Chairs: Ludmila M Moskal, Bridget J Beesley
     Damion Brook Kintz, "Landuse / Landcover Change Detection in the Buffer Zone of a National Park in Northern Peru"
     Chris G Mcphilamy, "Emergency Management Geographic Information Systems (EMGIS) "
     Kevin L. Alicia, "Examining Phenology and Spectral Response to Identify Crops in The Sandusky Watershed of Northern Ohio"
     Zhixiao Xie, "Representing geographical image contents for content-based image retrieval by fusing the continuity
    and discontinuity information"
     Ludmila M Moskal, "Relationships between leaf area index of defoliated aspen stands and high-resolution
    multispectral imagery, implications to image classification."
     Jennifer A Miller, "Modeling Vegetation Alliances in the Mojave Desert with Spatial Dependence"
     Betsie M Phillips, "Comparison of Multi-level GPS Technologies."
     Erik R Strandhagen, "Compiling and visualizing historical land cover data for the Sierra Nevadas"
     Derek Gates, "Development of Orthorectified GIS Layers for the City of Mount Pleasant, Michigan"

    Cartography Specialty Group Student Paper Competition
        Friday, March 22, 1:00-2:40 pm
        Organizer: Jeffrey S Torguson
        Chair: Jeffrey S Torguson
     Michael J Hradesky, "An Investigation into Flood Mapping Standards"
     Eugene A Carpentier,"Visualizing Continuous Data: Guidelines for Creating Continuous Color Schemes"
     Thomas L. Garey, "Sequent Occupance in the Birmingham Ethnic Neighborhood of East Toledo Ohio (1880-2001)"

    Maps and the Internet: GIS Perspectives
        Friday, March 22, 3:00-4:40 pm
        Organizers: Michael P Peterson, Rex G Cammack
        Chair: Rex G Cammack
     Ming-Hsiang Tsou, "An Intelligent Agent-based Architecture for Internet Mapping and Distributed Geographic Information Services"
     Christina H Drew, "Promoting Transparent Decisions with GIS and Internet Technology: Evaluating the Hanford
    Decision Mapping System"
     Bridget J Beesley, "Comparison of Two Web Map Server Applications from a Developers Perspective: A Facility
    Services Approach"
     Chris J Robinson, "Web-based GIS Application for Backpacking in U.S. National Parks"
     Edwin T Chow, "A Web-Based Geographic Information System Application for Hydrology"

    Maps and the Internet: User Perspectives
        Friday, March 22, 5:00-6:40 pm
        Organizers: Michael P Peterson, Rex G Cammack
        Chairs: Michael P Peterson
     Rex G Cammack, "Internet Maps Uses: Overcoming the Disconnect Between Geo-spatial Data and the
     Jeffrey S Torguson, "The Student Atlas of Russia"
     Linda M Levay, "Web Mapping for Tourism: Scuba Diving in South Carolina"
     Barry J Glick, "Maps & the Internet: the Mapquest Experience"
     Michael P Peterson, "Finding Maps through the Internet: An Investigation of High School and College Freshman"



    March 19-23, 2002.
    Association of American
    Geographers Annual Meeting. Los Angeles.
    April 19-26, 2002.
    FIG/ACSM/ASPRS Spring 2002
    Conference, Washington, D.C.

    March 17-20, 2002.
    Geospatial Information and
    Technology Association Annual Conference. Tampa, FL

    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 April 30th for the Spring 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

    2001-2002 CSG Officers

    Chair (2001-2002)
    Matt McGranaghan
    Department of Geography
    University of Hawai'i at Manoa
    2424 Maile Way
    Honolulu, Hawaii  96822

    Vice Chair (2001-2002)
    Rex Cammack
    Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning
    Southwest Missouri State University
    Springfield, Missouri 65804

    Secretary/Treasurer (2000-2002)
    Elisabeth Nelson
    Department of Geography
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro, North Carolina 27402

    Academic Director (2000-2002)
    Jeff Torguson
    Department of Geography / Stewart Hall 359
    St. Cloud State University
    720 Fourth Ave South
    St. Cloud, Minnesota  56301-4498

    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)
    Bridget Beesley
    Department of Geography
    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, South Carolina 29208

    Past Chair (2001-2002)
    James Lowry
    Department of Geography / ECU Box Q2
    East Central University
    Ada, Oklahoma 74820

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

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