Menno-Jan Kraak

Menno-Jan Kraak is professor of geovisual analytics and cartography at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, where he has been teaching since 1996. He has a degree in cartography from the Faculty of Geographical Sciences at Utrecht University and received his PhD in cartography from Delft University of Technology. Kraak has written extensively on cartography and GIS. His book Cartography: Visualization of Spatial Data, written with Ferjan Ormeling, has been translated into five languages. He also wrote Mapping Time: Illustrated by Minard’s Map of Napoleon’s Russian Campaign of 1812, published by Esri Press in 2014. Kraak is a member of the editorial boards of several cartography journals, including the International Journal of Cartography. He currently serves as president of the International Cartographic Association.

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Local Perspectives at Global Conferences

When a presenter positions a world map locally, how do attendees from other regions experience the map and the information it exhibits?

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The Mapping Challenges of Big Data

What is big data? Is big data really everywhere, like people say it is? Menno-Jan Kraak answers those questions.

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Blurry Borders

Many decisions—good and bad—are made based on the borders drawn on maps. The more information map readers have about these borders, the more like

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Cartography Contributes to Meeting Sustainable Development Goals

The Relevance of Cartography: A Cartographer's Perspective

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Defining a Cartographer

What is a cartographer? The answer to this question might seem obvious, but perhaps it’s not so clear.

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Can We Do It Again?

Cartography is part science, part art, and part technology. So how does it stand up to the scientific method?

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To See or Not to See

Not everyone can enjoy the beauty and usefulness of maps. There might be several reasons why.

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