GEOB 472 Advanced Cartography & Data Visualization

Course Schedule, January 2012
this schedule may change during the term

Tues Jan 3 no classes

Each three hour block will consist of a student led discussion for the first hour based upon material from the week before and then a two hour lecture (except for week 1, Jan 10th, see below)

Discussion Schedule
Tips for leading discussion

Readings: either accessible 1) on-line through UBC Library UBCLIB or UBC e-link (if you are connecting from home or some place other than UBC you need to go to 'connect from home' on the UBC LIbrary home page and follow simple instructions) or 2) accessible through readings in books in the Geography Information Centre GIC.
Readings are required for lecture and for the following week's discussion writing assignments based upon lecture

Jan 10 Data Visualization lecture Intro lecture Tufte

Readings (basically, look though Tufte's books, the 4th not listed here is required reading for Assign. 2)

1. Dodge, McDerby and Turner, Geographic Visualization, Forward xi-xvi and Chapter 1, pp 1-10 GIC
2. Tufte, 1997 Visual Explanations, 1997 pp. 9-10; 27-53; 74 GIC
3. Tufte, 1990 Envisioning Information, 1990 pp. 9-10; 12-13; 28-31; 36-37; 40-41; 58; 63; 90-91; 94-95 GIC
4. Tufte, 2007 Beautiful Evidence , 2007 pp. 9-10; 122-139 GIC

Discussion: Review of Cartographic Design Principles and Map Critique (instructor will lead this discussion)

Assignment 1: Map Critique (due beginning of next class, Jan 17)

Jan 17 Cartographic Communication: Systems and Processes (lecture not on-line)


1. Robinson, Petchenik, 1975 "The Map as a Communication System," Cartographic Journal, 12: 7-15 UBC e-link
2. MacEachren, 1995 How Maps Work, 1-24 GIC

Discussion: students will be asked to discuss Assignment 1 due beginning class

Assignment 2: Data visualization: graphing, mapping and layout (handout, beginning of class Feb. 7th)

Jan 24 Visual System, Visual Cognition, Eye Movement Studies lecture vision eyemovement cignition


1. MacEachren, 1995 How Maps Work pp 51-67; 101-104 GIC
2. 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. UBCLIB

Optional Readings
1. MacEachren, 1995 How Maps Work pp 25-49 GIC (history of cognition and visual info processing)
2. Coltekin, A. S.I. Fabrikant and M Lacayo (2010) Exploring the efficiency of users' visual analytics strategies based on sequence analysis of eye movement recordings. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 24(10): 1559-1575 UBCLIB (follow up on 2009 article in Readings)

Discussion: Cartographic Communication: Then and Now (discussion writing assignment due)

Jan 31 Vision Perception Cognition and Cartogrpahic Design lecture


1. MacEachren, 1995 How Maps Work pp 67-148 GIC

Optional Readings
1. Fabrikant, S.I., Rebich-Hespanha, S. and Hegarty, M. 2010. Cognitively inspired and perceptually salient graphic displays for efficient spatial inference making. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100(1): 1–17 UBCLIB

Discussion: Vision and Cognition and Eye Movement (discussion writing assignment due)

Feb 7 Map Use and Map Design lecture


1. Board, 1978 "Map Reading Tasks Appropriate in Experimental Studies in Cartographic Communication," Canadian Cartographer, 15/1: 1-11 UBC e-link
2. Van Elzakker, C. et al, 2008, "Editorial Caring for the Users" Cartographic Journal 45/2 P 84-86 UBC e-link
for next weeks discussion writing assignment, pick one of the following readings in this special edition of the Cartographic Journal:
Kramers Erik. "Interaction with Maps on the internet - A User Centred Design Approach fo rht eAtlas of Canada" Cartographic Journal 45/2 or
Perkins Chris. "Cultures of Map Use" Cartographic Journal 45/2
3. ICA web site on map use:

Optional Readings:
1. Montello, D. (2002) Cognitive Map-Design Research in the Twentieth Century: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 29(3): 283-304 UBCLIB

Discussion: students will be asked to discuss Assignment 2 due beginning class

Feb 14 Deconstructing the Map lecture


1. Harley, 1989 "Deconstructing the Map," Cartographica, 6/1: 1-20 UBC e-link
2. Responses to Harley; in Cartographica 1989, 26(3/4) "The Readers Response" (on line under "Cartographica Information: mis-named in on-line: UBC e-link

Discussion: Map Use and Map Design: Activities and Tasks as related to Map Design (discussion writing assignment due)

Assignment 3:
Deconstructing a Map (handout)

Feb 21 Mid Term Break
Feb 28 Spatial Literacy lecture


1. Castner, Anderson, 1995 "Forward," Cartographica, Monograph 46: 1-4 UBC e-link
2. Goodchild, M., 2006 "The Fourth R: Rethinking GIS education", ArcNews on-line

Discussion: Deconstruction (hand in Assignment 3)

Assignment 4: Web Cartography (Sam TA hours in room 239: Wed 10-11; Thurs 3-4; Fri 11-12)

Mar 6 Web Cartography lecture


1. Kraak, Brown, 2000 Web Cartography, Ch. 1, 2, 7 (Available online) (GIC)
2. Natlas, 2010. Map maker, an online interactive map interface of National Atlas of the United States [online]. (

Optional Reading
Slocum, T.A. 2001. Cognitive and usability issues in geovisualization. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 28(1): 61–75.

Discussion: Teaching Spatial Literacy (discussion writing assignment due)

Mar 13 Mapping History lecture camosun bog example


Knowles, A. 2000 “A Case for Teaching Geographic Visualization without GIS.” Cartographic Perspectives 36: 24-37
Knowles, A. 2002 “Introducing Historical GIS” in Past Time Past Place GIS for History ESRI Press pp. xi-xx (in the GIC on reserve)
3. Spatial History Project, Stanford (web site)

*PLEASE NOTE Anne Kelly Knowles is giving a colloquium "Telling Spatial Stories" in the department next Monday March 19th at 12:30 room 214

Optional Reading
Knowles, A., 2008 "GIS and History" in Placing History How Maps, Spatial Data and GIS are Changing Historical Scholarship ESRI Press pp 2-25 (in the GIC on reserve)

Discussion: Web Cartography (hand in Assignment 4 )

Mar 20 Community Mapping lecture


1. Parker, B. 2006 Constructing Community Through Maps? Power and Praxis in Community Mapping, The Professional Geographer, 58:4, 470-484
2. Tobais, T. 2000 Chief Kerry's Moose read forward, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2
3. SCARP, 2000 Exploring the Squamish River Watershed Bioregional Atlas (in the GIC on reserve)

Optional Reading
Maeve Lydon Community mapping. The recovery and discovery of our common ground. (google scholar, 2003, good appendix of community mapping sites)

Discussion: Mapping History: with or without technology (discussion writing assignment due)

Mar 27 GeoWeb and VGI lecture

M. Goodchild Citizens as Censors: VGI 2007

Sam's lecture:
1. issues of reliability/accuracy in a political way
2.Eric Fischer's maps and again reliability of VGI

Discussion: Community Mapping Procedures (discussion writing assignment due)

Apr 3 Final Project Presentations

Students have 10 minutes to present their final projects (in Prezi or ppt).



Updated March 26, 2012