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Researching for Cartography
Maps are based on reliable sources. Accordingly, you need to have some notions about the following:
You can use some data from a given copyrighted sources freely, but a not selection of facts. You are not allowed to copy all the names or datas from a given copyrighted source, but you can pick some. With several copyrighted sources, you can create an original, accurate work. If you want to copy/publish a source:
- Copyrighted sources will probably require royalty fees or at least credit for the author. ALWAYS ask for permission.
- Free licences such as Creative Commons or the GNU Free Documentation License encourage redistribution and reuse, but include some conditions intended to keep the resulting image free or give the author credit. Make sure you follow the rules of the specific license used by your source.
- Public Domain images are completely free, no questions asked.
Reliability note: you are strongly encouraged to cite your sources, especially if you are not knowledgeable of your map's topic. Citations will give reliability and accountability to your work, and will acknowledge useful sources.
Find reliable printed sources: There are many famous Atlases covering various subjects (historical atlas, economical atlas, ethnological atlas...) which are available for sale online on Amazon.com-like sites, lent by libraries in your town, big cities, Universities, etc. University professors and librarians, especially geographers, are often really kind and can direct you to excellent sources. Theses and textbooks may also be great sources of maps and datas. In many cases, it will be your job to read texts, collect data, and draw maps accordingly. In any case : cite your source(s) to strengthen your work.
wikipedia.org > Atlas (for names of reputable atlases)
Find (reliable) web sources : Web contents are generally less trustworthy and respectable than printed sources, because of both their "editability" and their temporality (who can guarantee that a web page will still be there next year ?). You can still take a look at :
- http://www.dean.usma.edu/history/web03/atlases/index.htm (Department of History, United States Military Academy, CC-by-sa license)
- http://www.ladocumentationfrancaise.fr/cartotheque/ (French, Copyrighted)
For less consistent reliability, you could use search engines' for "my area + map", i.e. :
Note: Wikipedia is not a reliable websource, but is a helpful first step. Sources accompanying wikipedia's maps and articles may be very useful to base your final work upon.
If there are any questions you have about this lesson, ask them! My job, as your adopter, is to help you with any problem you may have. If you don't have any questions that you need to ask, your next step is to take a short test regarding this lesson. If you are ready to take the test, simply tell me (either on this page or on my talk page) and I will hand it out to you.