URISA-OC Winter Education Event
Cartography for the GIS Professional
March 7, 2012
Braeben Golf Course
5700 Terry Fox Way
Are you a GIS Professional responsible for creating easy to understand digital and paper mapping products? Do you sometimes wonder how to apply cartography principles to make it easier for your audience to understand your maps?
Understand how to use fonts, legends, spacing and graphic design, symbols and charts to effectively communicate your message! This one day education event will give you the tools to understand how cartography applies and the benefits.
Join URISA-OC for this one day education event. Your maps will never be the same!
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Presentation
Creating the map: determining data layers to include, projection, map extent, scale, sources
Examples of ‘bad’ maps
Symbolizing the map: colour, symbols, text, disclaimers
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Map Assessment Exercise
Paul Heersink’s lifelong love of maps began when he was young when he drew his own atlas (sadly, the single copy in existence has long since disappeared). He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and worked as a social worker for 7 years before realizing that he could actually make his living making maps. He attended Sir Sandford Fleming College’s cartography program where he won 2 awards for his student mapping work. He worked as a cartographer, then as a project manager / cartographic team lead for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, before becoming the Manager of Cartography for Rand McNally Canada, later Canadian Cartographics Corporation. He joined Esri Canada in 2011 as the Production Manager of their Community Maps Program. He has also worked extensively on numerous freelance cartography projects. With his wife Laura Peetoom he has written Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids
, published by Scholastic Canada in 2011.
Would you like to receive feedback on a map product at this session? Please submit a pdf version of your mapping product to email@example.com. If accepted, your map will be evaluated during the afternoon Map Assessment Exercise.