Students in Michael Siegel’s cartography courses learn the art of synthesizing a variety of sources, from crime statistics to geographical data, in order to produce meaningful thematic maps.
Though students (and others) often view maps as being purely objective, thematic maps typically have a subjective quality to them, as the mapmaker is deciding what data and information to use and what to exclude. “The cartographer decides how to slice and dice it,” Siegel notes.
Students in his courses have created maps on Iraq War casualties, New Jersey highway accidents, downhill skiing, and other topics. View student map projects.
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