GEOG 4043/5043: Cartography 2: Multimedia and Interactive Mapping

Schedule for Fall 2011



Lecture meets: 11:00-11:50 MWF in GUGG 6 (KESDA Lab)

Lab meets: 7:00-9:00 PM Monday and 9:00-10:50 AM Tuesday in GUGG 6 (KESDA Lab)

Schedule (subject to change).  Any changes of assignment deadlines will be announced in class and posted here.


This page contains the class schedule by week: August 22 | August 29 | September 5 | September 12 | September 19 | September 26 | October 3 | October 10 | October 17 | October 24 | October 31 | November 7 | November 14 | November 21 | November 28 | December 6 |


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August 22: Multimedia, Interactive and Web Cartography: Overview of Issues and Skills

Topics: Introduction to course. Complete final enrollment. Overview of laboratory resources, access, and use.  Practice with Internet resources. Overview of file use, transfer, conversion, compression, and decompression. Discuss problems involved in navigating the Internet. Demonstrate how to access and use on-line class materials.
Readings and Work:
  • (E-reserve) The Economist, Technology Quarterly, The World on Your Desktop, 8 September 2007, 18-20, 
  • Begin Web Site Assignment. See Homepage checklist.
  • (E-reserve) Stefanakis, Emmanuel and Michael P. Peterson.  2006. Geographic Hypermedia.  In Geographic Hypermedia: Concepts and Systems, eds. Emmanuel Stefanakis, Michael P. Peterson, Costas Armenakis, and Vasilis Delis, pp. 1-21. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • (E-reserve) Cartwright, William. 2009. Delivering geospatial information with Web 2.0. In International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet, ed. Michael P. Peterson, pp. 11-30. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Study questions for readings.


August 29: Principles and Processes of Cartographic Design in Hypermedia Environments

Topics: Overview of the HTML and the basics of Web publishing. Consider principles for organizing Web pages and sites including issues of planning and design.
Readings and Work:


September 5: Animated Maps; Java Applets; JavaScript Applications

Topics: Temporal and non-temporal animation will be discussed from theoretical and practical perspectives.  Lectures will focus on the use of animation as a visualization tool while labs will concentrate on the many tools that can be used to produce animations in a variety of graphic formats. Learn how Java Applets and Javascript code can be incorporated into webpages.  Although we won't be writing original Java or Javascript code, many useful freeware examples can be found in the web.  You will learn how these examples can be customized to use in your pages and projects.
Readings and Work:
  • No Class on Monday: Labor Day Holiday
  • Both labs meet together for work session with TA on Tuesday from 9-10:50
  • (Optional) Peterson, Michael P., Between Reality and Abstraction: Non-Temporal Applications of Cartographic Animation, http://maps.unomaha.edu/AnimArt/article.html
  • (E-reserve) Monmonier, Mark.  2005. POMP and Circumstance: Plain Old Map Products in a Cybercartographic World.  In Cybercartography: Theory and Practice, ed. D.R. Fraser Taylor, pp. 15-34. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • (E-reserve) Kraak, Menno-Jan. 1999. Cartography and the Use of Animation. In Multimedia Cartography, eds. William Cartwright, Michael P. Peterson, and Georg Gartner, pp. 173-180. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • (optional) Vincent Flanders's: http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/.
  • Adding Java Applets to Your Web Pages
  • Study questions for readings


September 12: Lafayette's Architectural Heritage.

Topics: Overview of architectural heritage project, including (if possible) fieldtrip to Lafayette.  Goal to develop a prototype heritage map of Lafayetter.
Readings and Work:
  • Web site online and complete Friday by 5 pm. 
  • Coal mining heritage of Lafayette, Colorado at http://www.cityoflafayette.com/Page.asp?NavID=710
  • (E-reserve) Cartwright, William, Michael Peterson, and Georg Gartner. 2006. New Media: From Discrete, to Distributed, to Mobile, to Ubiquitous.  In Geographic Hypermedia: Concepts and Systems, eds. Emmanuel Stefanakis, Michael P. Peterson, Costas Armenakis, and Vasilis Delis, pp. 23-36. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Study questions for readings


September 19: Developing the Data and Maps for the Lafayette Architectural Heritage Project

Topics: Overview the files available for project and plan approach to mapping.
Readings and Work:
  • Fieldtrip to Lafayette on Tuesday, 9-11.
  • Readings TBA


September 26: Lafayette Architectural Heritage Project (continued)

Topics: Plan web design for architectural heritage project campus project.
Readings and Work:
  • First Take-home Exam Due on Friday
  • (E-reserve) Pearce, Margaret W.  2008. Framing the Days: Place and Narrative in Cartography. Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 35 (1):  17-32.
  • (E-reserve) Segel, Edward and Jeffrey Heer.  2010. Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics 16(6): 1139 - 1148.
  • (Optional) (E-reserve) Kwan, Mei-Po and Guoxiang Ding.  2008.  Geo-Narrative: Extending Geographic Information Systems for Narrative Analysis in Qualitative and Mixed-Method Research. The Professional Geographer 60 (4): 443-465.
  • (Optional) (E-reserve) Azaryahu, Maoz and Kenneth E. Foote.  2008.  Historical Space as Narrative Medium: On the Configuration of Spatial Narratives of Time at Historical Sites.  GeoJournal 73 (3): 179-194.


October 3: Lafayette Architectural Heritage Project (continued)

Topics: Overview of Colorado Data Commons/CitizenAtlas project--create a prototype of a data narrative for community outreach.
Readings and Work:
  • (E-reserve) McCloud, Scott.  2000. The infinite canvas: Digital comics.  Chapter in Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form.  New York: Perennial.


October 10: Colorado Data Commons/CitizenAtlas Project

Topics: Overview the files available for project and plan approach to mapping.
Readings and Work:
  • Lafayette website online by Friday at 5 pm.


October 17: Colorado Data Commons/CitizenAtlas Project (continued)

Topics: Plan web design for project.  Meet individually with instructors to plan project.
Readings and Work:
  • No Readings.


October 24:  Web Site and Map Accessibility.

Topics: Topics and tasks: For people with visual, tactile, and auditory disabilities, multimedia, interactive, and web maps present barriers to accessing information. Much can be done to minimize these barriers through careful design.
Readings and Work:


October 31: Usability Testing and Project Evaluation.

Topics: Topics and tasks: Usability testing and project evaluation are methods for checking whether our designs for maps and web sites are reaching their goals. Multimedia and hypermedia are new media with strengths and weaknesses different than conventional media. We cannot assume that our good design intentions will translate into projects that will be easily comprehended by users. Instead, we must test and evaluate our projects as they are developing and in final form.
Readings and Work:
  • Notes are available in section 5 of "Putting Maps Online" at http://www.colorado.edu/geography/foote/mapdesign/evaluating/evaluating.html
  • (Reserve) Chapter 1 from Shneiderman, Ben and Catherine Plaisant.  2010. Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, 5th ed. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley.
  • (Reserve) Chapters 1 & 2 from Rubin, Jeffrey and Dana Chisnell.  2008.  Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests, 2nd ed. Indianapolis: Wiley. (This is also available as an e-book through Chinook).
  • (Skim) Frechtling, J. 2002. The 2002 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation.  Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation.  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02057/nsf02057_1.pdf (accessed February 15, 2009).
  • (Reserve) (Optional) Chapter 2 from Shneiderman, Ben and Catherine Plaisant.  2010. Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, 5th ed. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley.


November 7: Usability (continued); Data Sources of Final Project; Backoffice Issues: File Organization, Website Maintenance, Planning for Change

Topics: Topics and tasks: Online maps also require attention to a number of "backoffice" issues that are not always apparent on the screen. They require care in organizing files at the start of a project and continuing attention and maintenance once online. Several strategies are presented and discussed for planning and maintaining websites.
Readings and Work:
  • Finish CitizenAtlas project by Friday at 5 pm
  • Data Sources for GIS by Ken Foote and Maggie Lynch at http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/notes/sources/sources_f.html
  • (Norlin Reserve) Chapter 4 from Shneiderman, Ben and Catherine Plaisant.  2010. Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, 5th ed. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley.
  • (Optional) Frechtling, J. & Sharp, L. , (Eds) (1997). User-Friendly Handbook for Mixed Method Evaluations. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication, NSF Publication NSF 97-153. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1997/nsf97153/start.htm
  • (Optional) Kuniavsky, Mike. 2003.  Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research.  San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.


November 14: Trends in Multimedia, Interactive, and Web Cartography

Topics: Topics and tasks: 1) The new role of the cartographer in the multimedia and web worlds; 2) Recent experiments in multimedia and interactive cartography; 3) New directions in virtual reality, hand-held, and mobile technologies; 4) Changing trends in education and training; and 5) Barriers and constraints to change.  Consider how mapserver technology and virtual globes are changing the way maps, visualization tools, and GIS functions are being made available in the Web. 
Readings and Work:
  • (E-reserve). Scharl, Arno.  2007. Towards the Geospatial Web: Media Platforms for Managing Geotagged Knowledge Repositories.  In The Geospatial Web: How Geobrowsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network Society, eds. Arno Scharl and Klaus Tochtermann, pp. 3-14. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • (E-reserve). Swanson, James.  1999. The Cartographic Possibilities of VRML.  In Multimedia Cartography, eds. William Cartwright, Michael P. Peterson, and Georg Gartner, pp. 181-194. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Cartographic and Geospatial Futures, http://www.colorado.edu/geography/foote/geog4043/notes/GeospatialFutures-2011-Fall-Landscape.docx


November 21: Thanksgiving break.




November 28: Trends in Multimedia, Interactive, and Web Cartography (continued).  Ethical issues in cyber

Topics: Topics and tasks: Finish discussion of trends in multimedia, interactive and web cartography.  Consider some of the emergent ethical issues in cybercartography.
Readings and Work:


December 5: Presentation of Final Projects

Topics: Presentation of final projects. We will also cover how to archive and move projects from server. The schedule of presentations can be found here.
Readings and Work:
  • Last class is 9 December.
  • Second Take-home Exam Due on Friday: Usability Surveys, Mapserver Technologies, Interface Design, Project Management

Final Projects On-line by 7:30 pm (time of the final exam), Tuesday, 13 December.

Last revised 2011.11.17. KEF.