“This is a chord. This is another. This is a third. Now form a band.”
This quote, from 1977 British fanzine “Sideburns”, embodied punk’s DIY ethos that anyone could start a band and begin creating music. There are times when attitude and participation matter more than training and technical skill. This class is about applying that spirit to cartography.
Anyone can make maps. Forget about geographic information systems, APIs, mobile devices, GPS traces and programming. This is about pencils, photocopied base-maps and clipboards. We are going to work together to map different aspects of the physical, social and psychological landscape surrounding the Aleluya cafe. The sorts of things we might choose to map include:
The session will conclude with a brief presentation of the maps we create and some thoughts on next steps.
This class will cover several aspects of practical geographic fieldwork, including:
Chris McDowall is a geographic turned data scientist. During the day he manages the technical side of the National Library’s DigitalNZ project. By night he makes maps and odd data visualisations. He’s fond of maps.
Questions about the class? Please email email@example.com.
The featured image is borrowed and edited, with thanks, from Chris McDowall, fogonwater.com.