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LoC-2014-confThe 2014 Phillip Lee Phillips Map Society of the Library of Congress annual meeting will present a look at modern cartography, its history in the 20th century, and what we can expect in the future with the conference:

From Terra to Terabytes: The History of Cartography in the 20th Century and Beyond

The conference is free and will take place Thursday and Friday, May 15 and 16 in the Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540.

The study and science of cartography and its related geographical disciplines underwent profound technological and conceptual advancements in the twentieth century. These advancements, brought about by the technological innovations in mapping during two world wars, the popularization of automobile and air travel, the advent of computers, the development of newer and faster mathematical and computational algorithms, and the birth of satellite imagery, all contributed to paradigm changes that can be considered revolutionary. Technological and conceptual improvements have generated new forms of data, maps, artifacts and forms of spatial analysis that differ radically from those typically archived in map libraries. This conference will look back at the long history of cartography in the 20th century and glance at what is coming in the future, as we more and more move away from traditional static paper maps, and enter a truly dynamic and computer based cartographic era.

Two keynote speakers, Mark Monmonier, from Syracuse University, and Douglas Richardson, from the Association of American Geographers, will take us through the long history of cartography in the 20th century, giving us sweeping views of the field as it went from the traditional methods of surveying of the early years to the remote sensing and computer cartography and complex methods of visualization that mark the later part of the century. Our keynotes will also give us a glimpse into what is coming in the future as we move into real time cartography and the newly emerging field of geodesign. Other speakers include Keith Clarke from the University of California at Santa Barbara, on the timely topic of mapping for intelligence and national security purposes; Judith Tyner,  from California State University, on Marie Tharpe and women cartographers in the 20th century; Laura Kurgan, the Director of Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab, on Remote Sensing; John Hessler, from the Library of Congress, on agent-based models and the history of cellular automata in cartography, and many more over the course of the two days.

See the brochure for more information about the program.

Compiled from information shared by John Hessler, Curator, Jay I. Kislak Collection for the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas, Specialist in Modern Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress