Lela Sharp February 22, 2021 Map
In the course of researching an old building, your home or an ancestors house, maps can provide some additional and interesting information about the building and its neighborhood. They show details in ways not examined by other sources, and can often provide leads for further exploration. Atlases and Maps Atlases and maps provide a visual history of an area. While a map is usually just one sheet of paper, an atlas is generally a bound collection of maps, charts, plates or tables. Historical city and county maps and atlases may show your home on them, and perhaps even list the owners name as well. These maps often show the location of roads and other landmarks that may no longer exist. You might find these at city hall, county courthouses or local libraries or archives.
The key is knowledge, so you will need to learn as much as you can about the individual maps you are hunting for. I suggest you choose a subject of cartography or a historical period you may interested in learning about. Consider maps made during the American civil war, maps of the Republic of Texas, maps of Scotland if you are of Scottish ancestry or maps of Rome if you went there on honeymoon. For example, your adoptive child is from China then you can concentrate on maps of China. The options are limitless. The idea is that within each field there will be a few fairly rare and desirable maps that can fetch some good money when sold at auction. When you have become acquainted with the current sale price of your selection of maps you will need to consider condition and editions. By this I mean a specific edition, of a specific year for a map in good condition with no tears, water stains, major repairs and has good color. By the time you have done the things described above you will have a fair amount of knowledge about the world of antique maps. You will now be starting your hunt. In your hunt you should go to all the consignment shops and thrift stores in your area. Visit antique stores and old book stores and ask to see if they have old maps. By doing this you will get to handle antique maps and get a feel for them.
The GPS Database Most of the more costly GPS units come with an integrated GPS database program. The GPS database contains permanent waypoints that help the system recognize your location and guide your travels. A GPS system used during flights, for example, would usually have a GPS database with various airports and other navigational tools that aid in tracking their position. With these waypoints already programmed into the database, you can simply choose your destination and map your route without additional typing or searching. Most GPS mapping devices include a basic GPS database with cities and towns, major streets, and some side roads. Some GPS units have an empty database that the user must create. Global positioning systems first came into use during the 1960s and there are currently at least 24 GPS satellites in orbit. These advancements in GPS technology led to GPS mapping, making it easy to map practically any location. GIC GPS mapping software allows instant access to images of practically any location. Sometimes the resolution and clarity of the satellite image is so good, you can see cars and trees in the image.
A Scene of Relativity World wall maps can provide an interesting perspective on the world we live in. Not all world maps are in the standard format we are used to with the Northern Hemisphere in the top the map, with the Americas on the left (West) and China and the Indonesia on the right (East). There are some interesting world maps which are formatted in a different way. The Pacific Centred wall map Europe and the Americas on separate sides of the map. There are also upside down style maps of the world where the southern Hemisphere is now in the north of the map, and countries like Australia, Brazil and South Africa are now in the northerly part of the map. By looking on a world map at the area you live in, you can clearly see what countries and geographical features are around you which give a scene of relativity. Social Talking Point People find maps comforting as it gives them some grounding and something familiar to look at. World maps instantly draw people in to look at them. They notice where they live, where they have travelled and where they are currently. Even if they have seen a world map countless times before, there is sure to be something people see every time they look at a map. People comment on the different styles or designs of maps, colours used or the size and finish of a map.
There are some maps that combine all the above mentioned principles or use a compromise between them to depict the world and countries. For example, Robinson projection that showed the entire world at a glance can be said to be a compromise between the equal-area and conformal map projection. The objective behind its creation was to show the entire globe as a flat image. However, the Robinson projection was replaced later by the more modified version called the Winkel tripel projection, which is considered to be a blend of the azimuthal Aitoff projection and the equirectangular projection. At present, digital maps use either one or more than one of these aforesaid map projection types to create interactive maps that not only show the data in a much reliable way but also let the users utilize the maps to get additional information based on add-on clickable icons, pushpins, tool tip or mouse over info boxes etc. If you still havent enjoyed the use of digital flash maps with several user friendly, interactive features, its time to shift from the traditional paper maps to see the sales graphs soar.
Internal cross links between lower level keywords are less common in mind maps and concept maps than they are in association maps, with the branching tree structure tending to take precedence. With concept and mind maps, the relationship of each word to the overarching theme remains paramount. In association maps, however, the link becomes the key, and, as stated, the process of deciding which type of link joins keywords together is a valuable part of ascertaining correct understanding. If you cant link two keywords effectively, you havent understood how they are related to one another! This pairing and linking process allows a jigsaw like approach to the development of the knowledge map, and enables a student always to be working from a point of understanding. Most interestingly, when used to develop a map for a new topic where one is not an expert, it is possible to identify the high level terms which will take precendence at the top of a concept map once an association map has been developed. This is because they are the ones with the most linkages. Development of an association map therefore gives a useful mechanism for allowing students to take on the expert role and develop their own concept maps, even when they are not fully confident in a subject. Drawing any of the three types of maps involves much more active learning than just using ready produced ones in my experience so this is a definite bonus. In summary, all mapping techniques provide a powerful method for organising key ideas within a topic or sub-topic. Mind mapping allows colourful creativity, concept mapping provides the confidence of professional correctness, and association mapping always lets you get started somewhere, but I have a sneaky suspicion, that the real power of visual mapping is the process your brain goes through when you develop those non-verbal links for yourself, so get a pencil and get started!