This page contains the weekly schedule: topics, readings, lectures, Assignments. This page will be updated during the term, mostly with readings and lectures, so check back frequently!

(GIC) means that the readings are in the reserve section of the GIC. I have put many books on reserve in the GIC for general interest.

Week Topic Assignment
Sept 5 NO CLASS Imagine Day, all classes cancelled
Sept 12 Introduction to Course, Overview of Course Expectations
Course Web Site, Resources examples, AZURE magazine Carlo Shati article (GIC)
Review of Cartographic Theory of Design
– Dodge, McDerby and Turner, Geographic Visualization, Forward xi-xvi and Chapter 1, pp 1-10 (GIC)
– Tufte, E. Beautiful Evidence, Graphics Press, 2006 pp. 122-139 (GIC)
– Slocan, Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization, Ch. 1 (1.2,1.2,1.3), 10, 11 (GIC)
Lecture: no images pptweek1_Intro to course_2017_ni, pdf:  week1_Intro to course_2017
 A1 7.5%
Map Critique
 Sept 19 Discussion A1: 7 students, 5 minutes each
Process Models of Cartographic Communication
– Robinson, Petchenik, “The Map as a Communication System,” Cartographic Journal, 1975 12: 7-15
– MacEachren, How Maps Work, 1995 1-11 (GIC)
(optional – Hermansen, S. “Teaching Cartography in Academia, Teaching Cartography in Academia: A Historical Reflection and Discussion of a 2007 Survey of Canadian Universities”, Cartographica, 2010)
Lecture: no images ppt week2_Cartographiccomm_17_ni    pdf: week2_Cartographiccomm_17
(Geospatial) Data Visualization Pipeline (Ben Fry)
Ben Fry, Data Visualization, 2007 O’Rielly Chapter 1
Lecture: no images ppt  week2_BFryDataViz_17  pdf: week2_BFryDataViz_17



 Sept 26  Visual System; Visual Cognition, Eye Movement Studies and Implications for Cartographic Design
– A. Cairo, the functional art, 2013 Chapter 5 and 6
– Coltekin, A. 2009. “Evaluating the effectiveness of interactive map interface designs: a case study integrating usability metrics with eye-movement analysis”. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 36(1): 5–17.
lecture: week3_visionperceptioncognition_17
SEEDS projects discussion (final project ideasDavid Gill, UBC SEEDS program (course web site under projects) 
  A2: 20%
infographic: CO2 emission data
 Oct 3  Infographics: From Cairo to Tufte
– A. Cairo, the functional art, 2013 Chapter 3 and 4
– Tufte books: Beautiful Evidence, Graphics Press, 2006; Visual Display of Quantitative Information 1983;  Envisioning Information 1990; Visual Explanations 1997 (GIC)
lecture:  infographicscairoandtufte_17 lecture: Infogrpahicsvisualizations_17
Infographics and Graphing: tips and tools (Dawn Mooney guest lecture)
 Oct 10 Guest lecturers: Interactive Mapping Professionals
Jeremy Alexander and Emilia Walton, Graphics and Information Designers, UBC HELP (Human Early Learning Program)

 Oct 17 Discussion A2: 7 students, 5 minutes each
User Centered Design: Map Use Activities, Map Design Methodology, 
Static to Interactive Design
Board, 1978 “Map reading tasks appropriate in experimental studies in cartographic communication” Canadian Cartographer, vol. 15 (1978): 5
– Amy Griffin et al “Designing across map use contexts: a research agenda” International Journal of Cartography 2017

– Robert E. Roth, Kevin S. Rossand Alan M. MacEachren. “User-Centered Design for Interactive Maps: A Case Study in Crime Analysis” ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. (2015),4(1), 262-301; doi:10.3390/ijgi4010262
lecture pdf: Mapusedesign_Activities Tasks_17
Lecture no imagesMapusedesign_Activities Tasks_17_ni
Portfolio site DUE
(not marked)
 Oct 24 Web Mapping 
Open Data, free and Open Software, location intelligence
Gregor Aisch, March 31, 2017 “In defense of Interactive Graphics
Lecture  webcart_17    Lecture mapcodingexamples
CARTO (time to do some of A3 in class) see tutorial and assignment info under Tutorials Google My Maps and Tutorials CARTO
A3 10%
Assignment 3_interactivemaps
 Oct 31  Discussion A3: 4-5 students, 5 minutes each
– Harley, 1989 “Deconstructing the Map,” Cartographica, 6/1: 1-20
lecture  week6_deconstruction_17
A4: 7.5%
Assignment 5: Deconstruction
 Nov 7  Discussion A4: 6-7 students, 5 minutes each
Mapping History, Digital Humanities
– Knowles, A. 2002 “Introducing Historical GIS” in Past Time Past Place GIS for History ESRI Press pp. xi-xx GIC)
Stanford Spatial History Project
lecture DH_mapping_history_17_a     DH_mapping_history_17_b
 A4 DUE 
 Nov 14 First Nations Land Use and Occupancy Mapping
– Tobais, T. 2000 Chief Kerry’s Moose read forward, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2
Guest Lecture: Case Study, Blueberry River Disturbance First Nations Atlas
Eliana McDonald, Manager Knowledge Systems, Ecotrust Canada and
Pano Skrivanos, Senior Manager & Mapper – GIS and Information Management, Inlailawatash Limited Partnership – a Tsleil-Waututh Nation-Owned Business
lecture: communitymapping_17
 Nov 21  Research in Cartography; Looking ahead at Geospatial Data Visualization
 Nov 28  Final Project Presentations   Final Project Presentations
 Dec 12   work on completion of final projects in own time  Final Projects Due