[OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source Geospatial Atlas

John Callahan john.callahan at udel.edu
Tue Jul 31 06:55:00 PDT 2012

Yes, and those carto types have workflows that are geared towards how ESRI
spits out ai/vector graphics.  From my experience, it's much easier to get
open source GIS involved through map/database server work or data
processing/analysis rather then cartography.  I end up doing much of the
cartography myself, which I'm sure is NOT suitable for any type of atlas!

I agree with what people are saying about adding the metadata, processing
steps, etc... making this product "better" than the ESRI Map Books.  Only
if you can get enough contributions and it makes sense though.  In many
cases, for very nice looking maps, the person doing the GIS work may not be
the same as the one doing the carto work.  And sometimes those processing
steps are too complicated or convoluted to write down neatly.  It might be
obvious but the more you require/add to the atlas, the more effort required
by the contributors.

- John

John Callahan, Research Scientist
Delaware Geological Survey, University of Delaware
URL: http://www.dgs.udel.edu

On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM, Barry Rowlingson <
b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 2:26 PM, julia harrell <julia.harrell at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >  This would make it a superior product - even if
> > some of the maps aren't quite as 'pretty' as those in the ESRI map
> > book :)
>  Why wouldn't they be as pretty? You're exhibiting the very prejudice
> I'd like to exterminate! :)
>  Actually it's probably an effect caused by weight-of-numbers and
> there being more professional carto types using commercial software.
> Barry
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