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SDI Interesting Reads – November 2016

Want to discover the history of GIS? Or learn how population growth drives the importance of GIS? Find out these and more in the November SDI Interesting Reads.

There’s more than one way to map an election

Despite their long history, election maps only became a popular fixation in the last 20 years or so. By 2012, glitzy maps were a near-constant backdrop on news programs, with anchors poking at touchscreens as results came in. There are many ways to map election results. An example is this dot density map by Esri of the 2012 US presidential election, where each dot represents 1,000 votes.

About the Author

Gordon Plunkett is the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Director at Esri Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience in GIS and Remote Sensing in both the public and private sectors. He currently sits as a member of the Community Map of Canada Steering Committee, GeoAlliance Canada Interim Board of Directors, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Technical Committee, the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Committee on Geomatics, the University of Laval Convergence Network Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board to the Carleton University Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre. During his career, Gordon has worked on projects in more than 20 countries and has contributed to numerous scientific conferences and publications. At Esri Canada, he is responsible for developing and supporting the company’s SDI vision, initiatives and outreach, including producing content for the SDI blog.

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