Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nomad Mapping featured on their first Podcast

Marathon Training Academy features Nomad Mapping as their 'quick tip'.

Angie & Trevor, the hosts of Marathon Training Academy (MTA) featured Nomad Mapping as their 'quick tip' on podcast #102 "Race Recap: The Myrtle Beach Marathon". They did a great job explaining my services. The focus was the maps I make for people in the 50 State Marathon Club which was featured in my blog posted on March 4th, 2014.

I have been an avid listener to the MTA podcast for a few years now and highly recommend it. They make me laugh out loud on my runs and I have learned a lot from them. My growing knowledge of running acquired from MTA has made my running more enjoyable and allowed me to push myself harder.

Check out the blog here & subscribe to their podcast if you are or have any interest in running!

Thanks so much Angie & Trevor!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

50 States Marathon Club - Reward yourself with a Custom Map

Today we feature the 50 States Marathon Club 

Believe it or not, there are folks out there trying to run a marathon in each of the 50 states. Once they do so they are official members of the '50 States Marathon Club'. What an incredible accomplishment!! To do such a thing takes such dedication: time, travel, financial, planning, & self discipline. Today there are over 3,000 people having completed or are completing their states!

So now you have a glob of medals on the wall and a few of your favorite race bibs. These say "I have run a lot of races!" A map showing the name of each race, the date completed, & location tells a tremendous story. I may be biased, but maps are beautiful pieces of art that can be displayed in the home. Picture a map showing all your completed races with all your medals hanging below &/or around it. Now that is great keepsake and reminder of your grand accomplishment.

Nomad Mapping wants to make you a map of your current progress or final accomplishment. We will work with you to make a completely custom map. You will have the ability to chose:
  • What style of map you will have
  • The background
  • The colors
  • The scale (a single state, the whole US, the entire World)
Below is an example of the map I have been making for Angie, as I have tracked her progress for a couple years. She has now completed 18 of her 50 states!

Contact Nomad Mapping today to discuss what we can create for you & a quote.

Happy Running!
Nomad Mapping

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Maps - CNN Article

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Maps
By Fances Cha, CNN, February 3, 2014

Great article from CNN. Enjoy!

(CNN) -- Maps can be beautiful and good ones can be great investments.
But what collectors often find most entrancing about maps are how they provide portals into history.
The rise and fall of cities, the charting of war and adventure, the promise of riches through trade ... history continues to be rewritten according to scholars' reinterpretations of ancient cartography.
John Selden's 17th-century map of China made a huge splash recently as the stimulus for two new books analyzing London's rise as an economic hub (the city's success is inextricably linked to trade with China, as the Selden map illustrates).
According to some experts, the current unprecedented volume of global travel is also contributing to a burgeoning interest in map collecting.
"I believe that as people travel more, migrate more and speak more languages, and as business becomes more globalized, the appeal of two types of attachment to the idea of 'place' increases," says Daniel Crouch, a London based specialist of antique maps and atlases.
"One, as an identification with, or memory of, a place or homeland left behind, and the other as a statement of a new 'home' or adopted country, or fondness for a land visited."
Crouch reveals some fascinating map facts gathered from a lifetime of collecting and selling antique maps, and shares favorites from his most recent exhibition in Hong Kong featuring maps of China.
7 things to know about maps
1. It's still possible to have your own world-class map collection
Even the wealthiest collectors of old master or impressionist paintings, Chinese ceramics or modern art can never hope to have collections of a quality to match the likes of the Louvre, the British Museum or the Met.
However, that's not true of maps.
The savvy collector can still buy maps or atlases as good as, and sometimes better than, those found in the world's major libraries and museums.
"We have several items in our gallery that are at least as good, if not better, than the equivalent examples in, say, the Bibliotheque Nationale, the British Library or Library of Congress," says Crouch, whose gallery keeps approximately 250 maps and 50 atlases in stock at any one time.
2. "BRIC" nations are hot right now
Antique maps featuring the world's biggest developing countries have seen a recent spike in prices.
According to Crouch this heightened interest can be linked to the recently increased inbound and outbound travel from these countries.
"Maps of B.R.I.C. nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) have seen the fastest growing markets (and prices) in recent years," says Crouch.
"I have also noticed an increased interest in 'thematic' and 19th and even early 20th century mapping," he says.
3. The first "modern" map was printed more than 500 years ago
While the earliest maps were rudimentary diagrams drawn in caves in pre-historic times, the first proper manuscript maps appeared in the 12th century.
The map of the Holy Land printed in the "Rudimentum Novitiorum," an encyclopedia of world history published in 1475, is considered the first modern printed map.
A sample of the Rudimentum Novitiorum was sold for £500,000 ($829,000) in 2013.
4. Mapmakers included fake towns to catch forgers
Ever been to the town of Agloe in New York State? Whitewall in California? Or Relescent in Florida?
While these towns are clearly marked on a number of antique maps of the United States, they don't actually exist.
"Paper towns" were fake places added to maps by early mapmakers in order to dupe forgers into copying them, thereby exposing themselves to charges of copyright infringement.
5. The world's best map collection is in Paris
"The best collection in the world, in my opinion, is that of theBibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris, followed by the Library of Congress in the United States and the British Library," says Crouch.
"Many of what we now regard as the major institutional collections of cartography were actually put together by individuals in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the United Kingdom, the best collection of such material was made by King George III."
The latter collection is known as the "K.Top," and can be found in the British Library.
6. The most expensive map was the first to name America
The U.S. Library of Congress paid a record $10 million for German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller's Universalis Cosmographia, a wall map of the world printed in 1507.
It's the only surviving copy of the map, which was the first to use the name "America."
In 2007, Crouch brokered the sale of the most expensive atlas ever sold -- the 1477 Bologna Ptolemy, the first printed atlas -- for £1.9 million ($3.12 million).
7. The best place to shop for maps is in the Netherlands
The annual European Fine Art and Antiques Fair in Masstricht, Netherlands is often considered the world's best place to shop for antique maps, classic and modern art and jewelry.
More than 70,000 people visited the TEFAF Maastricht in 2013 to browse the 260 booths from 20 countries.
"It's simply the biggest and best fine art fair in the world," says Crouch.
This year's fair dates are March 14-23.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Native American Tribes Map

"Aaron Carapella, a Cherokee Indian and Oklahoma native, has created a map of the original 595 tribal nations of America and their areas of residence—labeled in their own languages—prior to European contact." Native American Tribe maps in books tend to only show 50-100 tribes.

"Extensively researched, the map gives the historical and original names of each tribe, shedding light on the common misconception that tribes only inhabited specific parts of the country."


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mapping Accomplishments - Apprentice to Journeyman Lineman

My husband earned his Journeyman Lineman status in May 2013, after 4 years of moving around. I wanted to throw him a little celebration for all his hard work and what he accomplished. That is when I came up with the idea for a map showing his journey to becoming a Journeyman. It tells the story well and will be a great keepsake for us to remember our adventures from 2009-2013!!

The trailer in the lower left is what we lived in for well over a year.
A 'mobile' home was very convenient as you can see how much moving we did.
The proud Journeyman!!

Did you have a similar experience to achieve a professional job? Did you take a family trip that you want to remember? Share your ideas with me and get your custom map made today by Nomad Mapping!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cool Maps - 40 Maps That Will Help Make Sense of the World

I came across this article that has some great maps, displaying different aspects of the world into a great spatial perspective:

40 Maps That Will Help Make Sense of the World

Check it out. Leave a comment about which map is your favorite. Also if it sparks an idea of something you would like to see, let me know!

A couple maps you will view:

Rivers Map
Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wedding Maps

A wedding day is one of the most special days of the life for the bride and groom. It goes fast and photos help one remember the day. The day would not be the same with out all the friends and family who travel near and far to celebrate the day. I was thinking one day, wouldn't it be cool to make a map of where all the guests travel from? So that is exactly what I did. I took my wedding from about 7 years ago and here is what it looks like:

We were married East of Portland, Oregon at a location called Bridal Veil Lakes. Our guests traveled from all over the United States.

This is a great memory keepsake to put as a page in a wedding photo album or frame. The scale of this map can be adjusted to capture the area guests travel from (maybe everyone traveled from the same state or internationally and a world view is necessary). 

A map like this could be great for other events. Family Reunions! Have a custom map made with a family photo included and give as gifts!

Contact Nomad Mapping today to discuss possibilities and have your unique map made!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Welcome to Nomad Mapping LLC!

Welcome to Nomad Mapping's first blog. Deb started Nomad Mapping at the end of 2012. It is a GIS/Mapping/Cartography business. There is no mapping project too big or small that we can't handle from: Personal Projects, to Database Management, and GIS Analysis.

The job of Nomad Mapping is to take messy data and create a beautiful, easy to read map. We strive to be creative and unique, while getting the project done as efficiently as possible. My vision for Nomad Mapping is to create relationships with all types of businesses and people who currently use GIS or would benefit from such a service. We work as an on-call GIS/mapping service. When your GIS department is overloaded and deadlines are nearing, call up Nomad Mapping to ease the stress and achieve success. Nomad Mapping is here to assist and save you money. Rather than having full time employees that you pay benefits and aren't busy 40 hours a week, use Nomad Mapping at your need.

Are you new to the GIS world? Be more efficient with your projects and management by using GIS to help you with your decision making. GIS is a very powerful tool that can help uncover spatial patterns and reveal the best way to make the best decision! It can be a money saving tool!
Check out our new website: NOMADmapping

View our services, portfolio, and send us a comment!!

Come back soon and hear about all the different exciting mapping that is going on with Nomad Mapping and elsewhere!