BOOK and MOOC: Cartography as a four letter word

Authors: Kenneth Field*, Esri
Topics: Cartography, Geography Education, Careers and professional development
Keywords: Cartography, map design, education, maps
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Cartographic education seems to be at an impasse. In some countries (e.g. United States) academic programmes are generally performing well. Elsewhere (e.g. UK) they are all but extinct. Yet mapmaking is at an all-time high in terms of the abundance of people making maps and interested in learning about them. So how do we prepare the next generation of cartographers and what can academia, professional societies and commercial organisations do to better support cartography? Having moved from academia to a large corporate entity I continue my mission in teaching about cartography but the environments and mechanisms have changed. In this talk I reflect on my sense of this shifting market for knowledge transfer and explain how two recent projects I’ve led, a new comprehensive book and a free Massive Online Open Course, fit into the wider scheme of things. In this context, and with reference to other initiatives, I offer some thoughts on the future role of cartography in academia and, also, those societies that purport to offer professional oversight, what they want to achieve and how they might remodel to regain relevance in the modern mapmaking landscape.

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