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What is a Map? Maps Provide the Big Picture

What is a map?

A map is a way to present information on music, history, science, and the arts in new ways.  A map is a tool that helps you make connections between different places; to connect the dots.

What is a map?

A map is Like the International Map Industry Association: IMIA is all about the business of maps.  IMIA helps you make connections between different people in the map business.

What is a map?

A map is about how to make a living; a creative endeavor to put food on the table for us and our employees.  Printing maps was my Daddy’s and Granddaddy’s business. It is mine still.

What is a map?

A map is something that my Daddy and Granddaddy made at work. Every morning they went away.  Every evening they came home. Sometimes, with a great big printed paper map. It is to put on the wall, a gift for friends and neighbors. A map can be an artistic expression and a marketing tool.

Some may say that the printed map is done for, but it is a mistake to see it as a print vs. digital media competition. The greatest result is achieved when the two are used together. The printed map provides the “big picture” and the resulting spatial awareness shows you where to crunch down for detail using the mobile device. Without the digital, you lose the enormous resources of the internet. Without the printed map you don’t know what to do with the mobile device. Electronic devices are not replacing printed products, but they complement each other, and make each more effective.

This post was originally published on the IMIA Blog

International Map Industry Association and Directions Magazine Announce the .MAP Conference

.map conference

Leading Organizations for Mapping and Geographic Information Systems Create Event to bring the World of Print and Digital Mapmakers together

In 2013, the International Map Industry Association (IMIA) and Directions Magazine will collaborate on a new event that brings the world of mapmakers together. The global conference, serving also as the IMIA’s annual event, will be held September 8 – 10 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I am pleased that Williams & Heintz Map Corp. is a part of the conference that will gather professionals engaged in creating maps and mapping applications, from both the print and digital world, to explore new ways for a new audience in web, mobile, and print to:

  • deliver content,
  • derive revenue,
  • design maps.

Mapmakers of the world will gather in one place to exchange ideas on how to better serve a growing audience for geographic information and present that information in a variety of formats including digital print, 3D printing, Internet portals, and mobile form factors.

“As more people find new ways to use geographic information the responsibility to present that information in an understandable way rests with professionals in our community,” said Joe Francica, editor in chief of Directions Magazine. “Digital mapmakers must be cognizant that applications for mobile form factors and social networking apps must adhere to cartographic standards. As such there will be new methods of publishing and new business models to consider.”

“The new event is a tremendous opportunity for our membership to bring our collective knowledge of mapmaking to a new audience of digital cartographers working in Internet and mobile mediums,” said David Knipfer, president of IMIA (Americas).

.Map Conference information

Visit the  .Map Conference website, www.mapconference.net  to register, for exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, and hotel reservations.

About Directions Media

Directions Media was founded in 1998 and published the first online magazine covering geospatial technology. Today Directions Media maintains several online publications and references including Directions Magazine, the All Points Blog, and GeoSpatial Webinars. It is the leading source of information, news and commentary in the fields of geospatial and location-based technologies. Directions Media has offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Glencoe, Illinois. More information can be found at www.DirectionsMedia.net.

About International Map Industry Association (IMIA)

IMIA is an international organization that welcomes members from every corner of the globe. Established over 28 years ago, it promotes the interests of all companies involved in the mapping industry: developers of geographic information systems, publishers, government organizations, printers, distributors, consultants, and libraries. IMIA plays an active role in helping member organizations achieve their business and professional goals. More information may be found at www.imiamaps.org.

Bring a Printed Map to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Holly and Mark Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

MapPrinters, Holly and Mark, take a trail ride at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Last month, Mark and I flew to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the International Map Industry Association (Americas) (IMIA) Strategic Planning Session.

IMIA (Americas) has some really great things planned for an exciting 2013 Global Conference and Member Showcase, September 8-10, 2013, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This conference will be:

  • Where new tools, technology, products, and services meet the mapping industry’s leading business professionals to monetize the product
  • Where to find the exciting opportunities in the business of maps
  • Where maps and money come together.

More on that in future posts.

We flew in early, with enough time for an adventure before the meetings.  We got a rental car and set out for Cowboy Trail Rides, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  If you want to visit this beautiful place, bring a printed map.  We went over a low hill, and on the other side, we had left Las Vegas and the WI-Fi behind.

PAPER because agrees:

Paper because a lot of places worth going to don’t get a signal, and hopefully never will.  High in the mountains, out in the country, even your nearest nature trail are just a few places that are more enjoyable with a simple map, your senses, and no distractions.

Print also has the power to revive a sense of adventure and challenge those of us who have come to rely on step-by-step directions to that charming country inn and where to eat when we get there. With the classic road atlas, there’s no voice urging us to go one way or another, or system recalculating how to get us back on our original course if we get sidetracked. We’re free to change your route on a whim and see where the road takes us. The map will still get us where we need to go, it’s just a bit less bossy…

Set yourself free to go where no signal can, where the only roaming is in your mind or at the end of your pen. Who knows where you might go and what you might find…


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