Atlas of the Globalisation and Rural Places: Challenges and Potentials

Authors: Anthonia Onyeahialam*, Aberystwyth University
Topics: Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Storymaps, Atlas, rural places, public engagement, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Digital Geographies, Globalisation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Bacchus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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We share our experience of creating atlas products in printed and digital forms as outputs of the Global-Rural project. The project employs an assemblage framework, relational approach and countertopography to understand globalisation quantitatively at a global scale and through primary qualitative research in rural case study sites across 12 countries. Part of the aim is to draw out complex interrelated globalisation processes, networks and global connections in and through rural locations and tell the stories using GIS methods. This means researching and communicating through interdisciplinary conceptual frameworks and where the primary focus is rural areas.

With globalisation being a multifaceted process approached interdisciplinary, developing an appropriate narrative concept and representation to communicate effectively to a mixed audience of academics, policy makers, schools, government, and everyday people globally is paramount. This has been an art and a science.

To disseminate our research findings arising from multiple geographies and methods, we translates these findings to map narratives, through online digital maps in form of storymaps that accommodate texts and multimedia content in an engaging and interactive way and accompanied by a printed atlas that also communicates similar narrative but presented differently.

We share the potentials and challenges we have had in responding to the mapping needs of multiple audiences through two atlas media, integrating and mapping qualitative and quantitative data, translating qualitative findings to cartographic products, dealing with large and small scale geographies, working globally and across 12 national boundaries and sharing data emerging from our research.

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