Natural Earth, a gorgeous new global map dataset available at 1:10 million, 1:50 million, and 1:110 million scales, received considerable support and guidance from many folks in the Madison-area. Check out the Natural Earth site at http://www.naturalearthdata.com/ for the lowdown. Also, for a very nice synopsis of why this public domain product was created, visit Nathaniel Kelso’s blog post on the release of Natural Earth.
UW-Madison contributors listed on the Natural Earth site include:
Tanya Buckingham,University of Wisconsin Cartography Lab
Bill Buckingham, University of Wisconsin Applied Population Labratory
Sarah Bennett, University of Wisconsin student
Ben Coakley, University of Wisconsin student
Kevin McGrath,University of Wisconsin student
Rozalynn Klass, University of Wisconsin Applied Population Labratory
Scott Zillmer, Laura McCormick, and Beth Robertson of Madison’s own XNR Productions also made significant contributions to the project.