Maps | Intro

  • This page: An introduction to the website.
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  • First Published: 17 February 2019

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Tryfan & the Carneddau from the east - summer 1973


A personal introduction to

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The map above reflects issues when mapping from different sources and resolutions are combined.

Knowledge of location has been important to most forms of life on Earth. Whether it is used for annual migrations of birds and animals and for early neolithic hunters. The great navigators such as James Cook explored and mapped parts of the world for the very first time.
Today - we know where our relatives and friends live.Today we take it for granted we have a host of maps and even sat navs on our mobiles - so we are all mappers now.. Even so some people will always get lost but most have some form of instinct to guide them - at least locally.

Hooked on maps

For many of us knowledge of place and location is always with us, almost another sense. It could be somewhere we had a great holiday, a sports stadium or a location associated with someone. These places are silent witnesses over generations and the passage of time.

Personally I have always recalled events by their location as well as reading maps as one would read a book. The Make a Map page explores first steps in mapping from a personal perspective.

What is the purpose of the map?

in 1969 I joined Ordnance Survey as a surveyor. . I enjoyed a fascinating 40+ year period where the entire process of map making changed completely and continues to do so. In the era of web mapping we are confronted by all kinds of new questions around the role each organisation plays into the great melting pot of geodata. .
This issue is illustrated by the What Map? page exploring the purpose of a map and the interrelationships with information from third parties.

The Landscape and beyond

Several years had passed after joining Ordnance Survey when I realised a deeper interest than making maps. It was in the the topography of the landscape and the evolution of the Earth. The features that make up our current landscape have developed over billions of years and that processes continue. The map is a way of 'capturing' that landscape and those features - it also permits the reader to visit and explore places from their armchair. As we build up epochs of mapping we can also become time travellers and explorers of the universe.

Maps are just as relevant in mapping other planets, galaxies and the universe - but more than four dimensions will present a few new challenges!



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10 May 2019