critical cartography and the ONE Archives

  Andrzej Rutkowski

  Visualization Librarian

  University of Southern California



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



 critical cartography tour

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 domain of information resources 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.”"

Jen Jack Gieseking

Opaque is Being Polite: On Algorithms, Violence, & Awesomeness in Data Visualization

Website of Jen Jack Gieseking


Jen Jack Gieseking
Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky

"The failure of many of these new software and analyses in the hand of new, excited scholars and hackers and other excitable folks means that their meaning is often…opaque. Oh, let’s be honest, opaque is being polite . . . I want to turn your attention to the algorithms within and how they mask meanings in many ways"

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

Project Walkthroughs

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