Tanya Buckingham of the UW-Madison Cartography Lab and Rob Roth of the Penn State GeoVISTA Center (and, starting Fall 2011, faculty at the UW-Madison Department of Geography), recently teamed to guest edit the second special issue of Cartographic Perspectives, the flagship journal of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). The special issue is presented in the context of an exciting transition to modernize CP for primarily digital, online dissemination and to update CP’s content to serve more equitably the diverse interests of both researchers and practitioners in the cartographic community. This issue expands upon the new territory explored in the first special digital issue published in 2009, edited by Tanya.
Multiple UW-Madison Geography and UW Cartography Lab members and alumni provided important contributions to the special issue. The opening essay by Michael Goodchild, Professor of Geography at UC-Santa Barbara and member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, is followed by an excellent series of articles that includes contributions by current PhD Candidate Tim Wallace and UW Geography & Cart Lab alumni Daniel Huffman (MS ’10) and Andy Woodruff (MS ’07). The issue also features static and interactive maps from Huffman and G575 students A.D. Riddle and David Parker. The special issue was copyedited by UW alumna Laura McCormick. Tanya and Rob extend their gratitude to all contributors to the special issue, which is available openly from CP’s website
Tanya is the current President of NACIS while Rob is serving as CP’s Assistant Editor. Cartographic Perspectives considers scholarly and practical manuscripts on all topics cartographic and recently announced a student paper competition with a purse of $1350. To contribute to CP, please contact Editor Patrick Kennelly () or visit the NACIS website. Tanya and Rob eagerly encourage you to submit your work to Cartographic Perspectives and to attend of the 2011 NACIS Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Concourse Hotel right here in Madison, WI!