2 comments on “Jea Louise Robelo

  1. Hi Jea, good to know that you’re already in Geogrpahy 197. Ang layo di hamak ng GIS laboratory ngayon kompara nuon sa kapanahunan ko, at natutuwa ako dahil tuloy-tuloy ang pagunlad ng cartography lab.

    You seem to have an eye for old maps, as three out of the six maps that you chose to comment on can be traced way back a long time ago. You made it clear why you made that decision, and that is very commendable. You have chosen a good range of maps – from the very technical map of Miyake-Jima volcano to the subjective version of LOTR map of New Zealand. The comments made on the missing elements on the maps being examined are quite satisfactory. Setting the context of each map is what I really like reading in the essays, and this is what I really want to highlight, because it sets the tone of the material. The discussion on the context explains and justifies the reason for the arrangements and patterns of the different elements in the map, and I really think context should be emphasized because one tends to be open-minded about reading maps when one knows the reason and purpose behind the mapmaker’s work. But one can argue that standards and conventions must be followed when making maps, true but map-making is both science and art and has an interesting range of discourse that needs to be unpacked and scrutinized. For more discussion on this, see http://www.news.wisc.edu/1580

    Good luck on your studies Jea and hope to hear that you do well in the program.

  2. Hi mam Yany! Again, it’s a great delight that you were the one to comment on these posts! I agree mam that our batch is more privileged to be able to utilize this new and updated GIS lab as compared to your time (no pun intended.. hehe) and thus should not be taken for granted. I also expect that the cartography lab will develop more in the years to come.

    Thanks mam! I do like old and unconventional maps and I hope it does not affect my grade hehe! Thank you for noting how I chose a wide range of maps since they are of particular interest also in terms of its overall eye-catching appearance, content, and uniqueness. It’s fair to note both those areas of strengths and those that are to be improved of in the discussions.

    I agree how context and its effect to a reader’s perception is relevant to the understanding of a particular map. I also appreciate the fact that a mapmaker’s perception (that somehow reflects and influences the general ‘art’ of the map) plus the standard and convention (science of the map) are the formula to produce a really good map.

    Thank you mam for the link! It’s very interesting and I can actually relate to it. Cartography does not have to be seen as highly technical at all times because of the overwhelming improvement of technology while art being seemingly left behind; since it is much more than that. Maps can instead be seen as sending a message that cannot be conveyed as effectively by mere words alone. When one realizes both the significance and beauty of maps in reality, it should bring excitement to anyone instead of a negative notion. I hope the study of cartography in general may be impressed to students in this kind of mindset and are guided in the right track of not simply knowing it but more importantly appreciating it and applying its relevance.

    Thanks mam Yany! : D

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