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National Cartography Geospatial Center

National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE) has long been respected for the quality of maps it produces to support various Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) projects and programs. In addition to producing maps, NGCE is a major distributor of geospatial data to support NRCS, National, State and local field needs. NGCE strives to:

  1. Optimize and standardize geospatial data and related technology and services.
  2. Perform geospatial governance - the coordination necessary to guide the evolution of geospatial data and services.
  3. Enhance geospatial planning and investment - capture business requirements and translate those into business processes, and identify investments necessary to meet the Agency’s geospatial business needs.

Our Mission

The mission of the National Geospatial Center of Excellence (NGCE) (formerly National Cartography and Geospatial Center) is to provide the USDA NRCS with technical leadership and expertise in geosciences: mapping science, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), aerial photography, remote sensing and global position systems (GPS), elevation and imagery data, natural resources data, and geospatial technology. The NGCE provides accessible, up-to-date, authoritative, and trusted geospatial data and valued-added geospatial services based on the best geosciences.

Our Vision

Delivering geospatial business solutions—The NGCE supports the mission by preparing and implementing geospatial standards and developing effective applications using geospatial technologies.

I loves me some maps, Taz

by Sparky_The_Jayhawk

... thanks for the post.
I've seen some of these before. Some are nice, others, meh, and some I'm going to need to research more because the sources seem a little sketchy.
I'm currently reading a book about maps called "On The Map." So far it's mostly been about early history of cartography. As far as readability, it's kind of like reading a newspaper (which makes sense as the author is a NY Times columnist), and it is informative, but a bit dry.

Random House Books for Young Readers There's a Map on My Lap!: All About Maps (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Book (Random House Books for Young Readers)

7 Game of Thrones Apps That Will Get You Through the Much-awaited Winter  — Gizmodo India
.. or Winterfell, you get a dialog box, which asks you to buy more maps. Unfortunately, you can't dismiss the dialogue box, leading to the obstruction of the cartography. ..

Flagstaff's rocky lava field became a little piece of the moon  — azcentral
If American know-how could put a man on the moon, the man should bring back rocks to study. The government agreed, and in 1963, the .. Volcanoes were chosen because of the moon's volcanic history, the test site for its impact craters.

Princeton Architectural Press You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
Book (Princeton Architectural Press)

Missing in Alaska without a trace  — Anchorage Daily News
The official version of events, according to a still active missing person's bulletin from the Alaska State Troopers is that Griffis went into the wild "to test out a survival 'cocoon' that he had invented.

Johns Hopkins University Press The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography
Book (Johns Hopkins University Press)
British Library London: A History in Maps (London Topographical Society Publication)
Book (British Library)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
Vintage History 1880 map: Fortification, Ohio, Cuyahoga Falls Army camp at Gaylords Grove, Cuyah
Home (Vintage History)
  • 1880 map Army camp at Gaylords Grove, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / drawn by A. Ruger ¿ Ohio ; Beck & Pauli Lith., Milwaukee, Wis. Birds eye view. Probably drawn...
  • Map size: 2 foot x 18 inches
  • Beautiful and Rare Historic Map
  • Archival Quality Reproduction

Popular Q&A

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What is the importance of a bias cartography map?

All maps, Cartography maps included are generally made best when without bias. The importance of bias however, would be to reflect on the past views of how people saw the world we see today. !

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What is the difference between mapping and cartography?

Cartography is a more formal term for mapping and would imply a serious, scientific approach to mapping.

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What does it mean by "whole-brain approach" paradigm that has been used in GIS Cartography map making?

I have not heard that terminology before, but I would guess it relates to cartography being both an art and science. A cartographer needs to be able to make accurate maps but that also look good and are easy to read.

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Why mapping is both a science and art at the same time in cartography

the cartographer is both a scientist and an artist.he must have a through knowledge of his subject and model,the Earth.in representing it in different ways he must omit more or less,according to the scale and purpose of his map.this means that he must have the ability to generalize intelligently and to make a correct selection of the essential features to be shown.these features are represented by lines, patterns,and colours,the effective use of which requires more than knowledgeof the subject-it requires artistic judgement NABIHA APPLE

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