Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Skillman 004
John Clark

Reading a map is trickier than you might expect. While maps casually present themselves as a visualization of reality, the truth is, they aren’t.  All maps are imperfect models of natural and cultural features on the surface of the Earth.  Reading a map involves understanding how a map maker has chosen to represent these features and, perhaps more importantly, what they have left out. Join Data Visualization & GIS Librarian John Clark for a guided tour through a variety of different historical and contemporary maps as he explains some common principals used by cartographers. Participants will then have an opportunity to make a map themselves using Social Explorer, an on-line mapping tool available to the Lafayette community through Skillman Library. This event is being offered twice, Wednesday, September 6th and Friday, September 15th from 12:15pm to 1:00pm.

Lunch provided. Please RSVP to John Clark (clarkjh@lafayette.edu) to reserve a seat and indicate if you would like to attend the Wednesday or Friday event. 18 seats available.

Sponsored by: 
Skillman Library, Digital Scholarship Services

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John Clark