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Thursday, October 12 • 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Reflections on the Atlas | Réflexions sur l’Atlas

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The Maps Come First: Allowing Crowdsourced Content to Define the Atlas Narrative | Les cartes d’abord : autoriser un contenu participatif à définir le récit de l’Atlas
Presenter: Alicia Cowart, University of California, Berkeley
Copresenters: Darin Jensen, University of California Office of the President, Molly Roy, M. Roy Cartography & Design
Founded on the idea that a new paradigm for cooperative and collaborative knowledge-caching and -sharing could have a transformative effect on the awareness and dissemination of spatial information, Guerrilla Cartography formed in 2012 to create a crowdsourced and crowdfunded atlas. Food: An Atlas was an experiment in guerrilla cartography and guerrilla publishing. As a collaborative and self-published work, this project proved that a community can build an atlas. Guerrilla Cartography's next project, Water: An Atlas, continues to celebrate individual cartographic styles and research methodologies to create an atlas by the people. This atlas is set for release in summer 2017.

Atlas of Lighting | L’Atlas de l’éclairage
Presenter: Jia Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Copresenters: Sarah Williams, Hayrettin Gunc, Dennis Cameron Harvey, Ege Ozgirin, Kalli Retzepi, and Sera Tolgay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
With the advancement of satellite imagery, new generation urban researchers are provided with superior data granularity. Atlas of Lighting is an interactive mapping tool that lets users combine, isolate, and cross-reference luminosity data with social media and traditional governmental data about cities to analyze the relationship between lighting and the economy of cities. The atlas uses interactive visualization techniques to enable users to manipulate the data, change the mode of display, and adjust variables of interest. With each query to a dataset, other data sets update themselves automatically, revealing dynamic relationships between variables. Users can also explore the data for individual grid cells, including fine-grained data such as all the geo-tagged Instagram posts in a particular location. Its ability to merge both qualitative and quantitative understanding of cities at large scales makes it a powerful tool for policy making, business analytics, and geospatial analysis..

Historical paper atlases in the Hybrid Age | Les atlas papier historiques à l’âge hybride
Presenter: Gregory Allord
Copresenter: Aileen Buckley, Esri 
As a compendium of maps, atlases provide a comprehensive view of the mapped area through concise but detailed information about a variety of subjects. Historical atlases are generally available only in paper form and these are often difficult for large numbers of readers to find, access, and use. Some atlases had limited print runs, some may no longer be maintained in a map collection, and some have been lost or damaged over the course of time.  We may be transitioning from the Information Age to the Hybrid Age in a technological revolution distinguished by ubiquitous computing, intelligent machines, social technologies, and integrated scientific fields.  If we are moving to a Hybrid Age and if these atlases can and should be preserved, what is the process for doing that?  This presentation discusses ways to help scientific agencies, map publishers, and libraries recognize the need for access to historical.

From multiple historic data sources to a searchable atlas of New York City | Des sources de données historiques multiples à l’atlas interrogeable de New York City
Presenter: Bert Spaan, New York Public Library
At NACIS 2016, I talked about the first phase of NYPL's NYC Space/Time Directory project; how the Library is building a repository of historical open data sets, and how all this data can be used to build new tools and visualizations. Publishing all this data in one place and in one format, however, is only the first step. Only when we start combining historical addresses and street names from fire insurance maps, names of people and businesses from city directories, photos from NYPL's collection of historical street photography as well as data from many other collections, we can make the history of New York City more accessible and start designing a searchable atlas of the Library's collections — with a time slider.


Alicia Cowart

University of Colorado Boulder
avatar for Jia Zhang

Jia Zhang

PhD Student, MIT Media Lab

Thursday October 12, 2017 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Salons 6 & 7, Level 3