And not just where but why and how. Welcome to the world of extreme geography.
Or if you wanted to see why at the South Pole all points are north, click here.
Or if you wanted to see a graphic demonstration of ownership claims to Antartica, they have that too.
So that's cyber-cartography and ntartica. Here is the link to all those, and a description of the CCAP goals with regard to this one project.
The Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica Project (CAAP) aims to develop an on-line atlas portraying, exploring and communicating the complexities of the Antarctic continent for education, research and policy purposes. The atlas will highlight the global importance of Antarctica as the continent of science and peace.
Data from a number of international sources are being incorporated into the atlas. In collaboration with experts from different fields of science, these data will be hused to develop theme specific modules for use by the general public and policy makers and to facilitate knowledge sharing in multi-disciplinary science.
But that's not all.
Cybercartography and the New Economy
Cybercartography is a new theoretical construct proposed by D.R. Fraser Taylor (1997, 2003).
It is "the organization, presentation, analysis and communication of spatially referenced information on a wide variety of topics of interest and use to society in an interactive, dynamic, multimedia, multisensory and multidisciplinary format."
Researchers at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) are in the middle of a four year project, entitled Cybercartography and the New Economy. The principal investigator is Dr. D. R. Fraser Taylor. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada under The Initiative on the New Economy (INE) program.
The research team will create two innovative products: the Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica and the Atlas of Canada's Trade with the World.
Project research focuses on human interaction with geospatial information, a topic which has been recognized but perhaps not well addressed by industry and major standards initiatives. The project includes collaborators from a number of disciplines including cartography, geography, psychology, international studies, congnitive science, English and music studies.
This is a cool blog on the subject. CCAblog
The blog of course has maps.
Here is a map of the Happy Planet.
And among the links is the story of a 2-1/2 year boy who knows his maps.
Here is how they explain their project:
The world of maps and mapping is being rapidly transformed. Recent technological developments have brought maps into the daily life of societies all over the world in unprecedented ways. The entire domain of mapmaking is experiencing a profound change in the way maps (re)produce territories. This change is the result of developments in industry, the open source community, community based initiatives as well as in academia, science and art. Cybercartography aims to capture and build on this diversity and to further explore the changing nature of maps. In January 2003 a multidisciplinary research team at Carleton University in Ottawa began to further develop a foundational paradigm for cybercartography. This paradigm will be presented and discussed, illustrated by examples developed in the context of the Cybercartography and the New Economy project.
Want to check out the mapping mashup? Try here.
Or if by some chance you have never ever heard of a mapping mashup, look here for 7 Things You Should Know About Mapping Mashups
Mapping mashups use online mapping services, such as those offered by Google or Yahoo, to display customized, clickable markers showing points of interest and related information. In the classroom, they can place lessons in a rich geographical context and increase interactivity. They can be useful for spatial display of research data or for enhancing information on campus Web sites.