To celebrate the National Parks System’s centennial, Harvard mined its map collection to find these historic gems. Via National Geographic
“A deep map goes beyond simple landscape/history-based topographical writing – to include and interweave autobiography, archeology, stories, memories, folklore, traces, reportage, weather, interviews, natural history, science, and intuition. In its best form, the resulting work arrives at a subtle, multi-layered and “deep” map of a small area of the earth.”
- Who will be mapping, why and for what purpose?
- Does the group have common interests, values or desires?
- Is there a pre-decided theme, or will it be worked out as part of the process?
- Who and what will be invited and included, or perhaps implicitly excluded, and on what grounds?
- Is the space physically accessible to everyone who might attend, and can childcare be included if necessary?
- Are there any formal or informal hierarchies in the space, and how might these be addressed?
- Does the process itself produce any emotions or affects? Is it psychologically transformative?
- Who is the intended audience of the map?
- What will be mapped and why is this important?
- What materials or technology will be used?
- What will be made visible, or hidden, and why?
- What will be drawn, in what style, what colours?
- Are there any practical considerations for the map’s intended use; e.g. should it be waterproof or capable of duplication?
The Life of the Map
- How will the map continue its life outside this space?
- How might the map function as a tool? Does it have any practical use?
- Who will be able to access, or might be excluded from using it, and how will it be used?
- What kind of knowledge is produced?
- Might the map trigger other cycles of learning/critique/mapping elsewhere?
- What are the political/ethical/social implications of these decisions?
- What changes or desires might the map bring into the world?
Dr. Kenneth Field recently addressed “The notion that a phenomena that varies temporally is difficult to model“, arguing that from space-time cubes and Story Maps, to coxcombs (aka polar area plots aka rose diagrams), mapping time has perhaps never been as well supported, specifically within ArcScene or ArcGIS Pro.
Image part of new comprehensive research by renowned Palestinian historian Salman Abu Sitta and founding member of the Palestinian resource center BADIL Terry Rempel, into how “Israel captured and imprisoned ‘thousands of Palestinian civilians as forced laborers,’ and exploited them ‘to support its war-time economy.’“, to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies.
Editors note: the title of this post comes from names for five of the official camps, for Palestinian non-combatant detainees.
“If destroying all maps would erase all the boundaries from the face of the earth I would say let us make a bonfire“…