[OSGeo-Discuss] [OSGeoLive] Suggestions for a background image for next OSGeoLive - with an African theme

Nikos Alexandris nik at nikosalexandris.net
Mon Jul 30 01:50:58 PDT 2018

* Maelle Vercauteren <mavercau at ulb.ac.be> [2018-07-29 17:01:25 +0200]:

> Hello,
>I take this occasion to share this map of Africa that I like. It was Africa
>if colonialism had not occurred as imagined by Nikolaj Cyon :

Apologies for the off-topic.

This map is an interesting one. The text reads:

    "When it comes to other specifics of the map here are some details: The
    map is 'upside down' compared to the common practice today where North
    is considered up, but in old Islamic cartography South was often on top,
    and the context of Sankoré Madrasah – a medieval Islamic university with
    25 000 students in the city of Timbuktu in the 14th century Mali Empire
    is the normative setting of the map."

In the following link, an upside-down world map, where Africa is more or
less in the center:

http://sc.isprs.org/files/sc/newsletter/isprs_sc_vol3_no1.pdf (last
frame, "Turn the World Upside - Down or Why Should the North be on Top
and the South on Bottom?")

This comes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes' time,
reportedly the first one to create a "world" map of his time.

Unfortunately, I have currently no access to the (complete, raw) file(s)
of the article anymore.

Kindest regards, Nikos

>If the Africa Local Chapter and the Dar es Salaam LOC likes it too, we
>could try to contact the artist and see if we can use it...
>Kind Regards,

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