Regardless of whether spatial information is to be presented on a paper map, in an interactive web-based format, or in a desktop GIS environment, understanding the fundamental principles of effective map creation and spatial data presentation will ensure that you extract the most information from your data and convey the appropriate message to map users. Cartography as a discipline predates digital mapping, GIS and the web by thousands of years, but the same principles remain just as relevant in modern computing environments. This course will cover both the technical and aesthetic aspects of creating accurate, professional, and attractive maps in a GIS environment.
This short course is being presented in collaboration with Virginia Tech Geospatial Information Sciences. http://www.gis.vt.edu/