For most of its history, mapmaking was an arcane art. The production of useful maps was solely the province of highly trained cartographers with access to first, technical manual drafting equipment, and more recently, hundred-thousand dollar geographic information systems. Now, though, cartography is undergoing the same kind of technological revolution that previously affected publishing, photography and video editing. For the first time, the tools to produce thematic maps tied to interactive databases are available for cheap or free to the general public. And Google Maps is only the tip of the iceberg. The Map Time project is dedicated to democratizing the technology of cartography. Map Time has more than 40 chapters across the globe — or map — including an active chapter here in Madison. MapTime Madison’s Raushana Mead and Katie Kowalski joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on February 9, 2015.
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