critical cartography and the digital library

  Andrzej Rutkowski

  Visualization Librarian

  University of Southern California



google image search results for "gis" 10/22/2017



who I think about when I think about critical cartography

Bunge et al


Geography of a Revolution

William Bunge 
Wayne State University 1960s
Left for Canada in the 70's because of political activism and then taught at 
Western Ontario and York University.

"impossible to understand the neighborhood without being a neighbor"

(or get to know your data!) 

Crampton and Krygier

An Introduction to

Critical Cartography

ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies

Volume 4, Number 3, 2006

John Krygier
Professor of Geology and Geography and the Director of Environmental Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University 

Jeremy Crampton
Professor of Geography and Director of the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky.

"theoretical enquiry which seeks to examine the social relevance of mapping, its ethics and power relations"



"development of open-source and pervasive mapping capabilities"

Safiya Noble

GIS: Commercialization of Public Information

Human Geography

Volume 4, Number 3, 2011


Safiya Noble
Professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

GIS is both a resource and a commodity

"Resources are increasingly enclosing the public the public domain of information resource and moving into the hands of a few companies who buy and sell GIS data for significant private profit."

GIS, participatory data creation, and its privatization

"the public is contributing resources and labor to the accumulation strategies of the largest GIS companies by allowing the move of public assets to private companies. This is also happening through the utilization of free and nearly free mapping tools that allow large companies to datamine and sell intelligence about web-based activities, often without the knowledge of users."

Nazgol Bagheri

What qualitative GIS maps tell and don't tell: insights from mapping women in Tehran's public spaces

Journal of Cultural Geography

Volume 31, Issue 2, 2014


Nazgol Bagheri
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio 

"QGIS application allows geographers, particularly cultural geographers who often deal with the symbolic and ethno-cultural meanings people attach to places, to possibly see more, but not necessarily all.”"

Collections as Data





Thomas Padilla
Visiting Digital Research Services Librarian at the University Libraries at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries 

"Collections as data stewards aim to lower barriers to use."

"Ethical commitments guide collections as data development."

proximity and in-depth knowledge of data helps to create a space for critical cartography

Thank you



DLF Forum 2017

By Andy Rutkowski

DLF Forum 2017

Panel on Critical Cartography and Digital Libraries - notes can be found here -

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