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Tuesday, May 26 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Web-Based Digital Maps and the Challenge of Sustainability

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Interactive and thematic maps take us well beyond the time when map making was restricted to the rarefied realm of cartographers. Thanks to easily available mapping software, scripting, and other tools, it is increasingly easy to create, tell stories, and present research through dynamic and interactive web-based digital mapping projects to answer questions and share information. Scholars are doing this across all disciplines, from the geosciences to the humanities and yet, many of the tools and platforms that make this work possible are part of for-profit businesses such as Google or Esri, or are open source and at risk. In 2019, a Mellon-funded workshop explored sustainability challenges specific to web-based digital maps and is now seeking solutions including considering which mapping elements might be best supported by an academy-built/led/managed infrastructure.

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Nancy Maron

BlueSky to BluePrint, LLC
Nancy works with publishers, librarians and other innovative project leaders to define, test and refine assumptions about their new and existing products and services. She honed her skills in over 20 years of experience working at the nexus of publishing, higher education and technology... Read More →

Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen

Head, Research Data Services, Columbia University

Tuesday May 26, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT