Map Production and Geoinformation Management

Varied Production Approaches

6602.3 - Reproducible Cartography: An Extension of the R Software for Thematic Mapping

Thursday, July 6
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
Location: Delaware B

This paper deals with the production of statistical maps as part of the wider reproducible research paradigm. The current and most widespread ways to produce statistical maps combine several software products in a complex toolchain that use a range of data and file formats. This software and formats diversity makes it difficult to reproduce the same analysis and maps. The aim of this paper is to put forward a unified workflow that allows map production in a reproducible process. We suggest hereby the cartography package, an extension of the R software, that fills the need of specific thematic mapping solutions.

Timothée Giraud

Database and geomatics engineer
Unité Mixte de Service RIATE - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Timothée Giraud is database and geomatics engineer at the Interdisciplinary Network for European Spatial Planning (UMS RIATE - CNRS). He bas been involved as database and geomatics specialist in various research program at both national and European scales. In the framework of open source software, open data and reproducible research, his recent work focus on the development of cartographic and spatial analysis packages or analysis within the R software.


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Nicolas Lambert

Unité Mixte de Service RIATE - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Nicolas Lambert is a research ingeneer in cartography (CNRS) within the Interdisciplinary Network for the European Spatial Planning (UMS RIATE) . Involved in the European research program ESPON, his works mainly deal with the graphic representation of spatial information, for which he is developing a critical and radical dimension. Also member of the network Migreurop and of the French committee for cartography, he has taken part in the production of different publications such as the Atlas of Europe in the world (2008), The Atlas of migrants in Europe (2009 and 2012) and is co-author of the "Manuel de cartographie" (2016). He teaches cartography at the university of Paris Diderot.

Bibliography (selection)

Clarisse Didelon-Loiseau, Sophie de Ruffray, Nicolas Lambert, (To be published, 2017) : « Mental Maps of World Regions: Identifying and Characterizing ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Regions

Lucie Bacon, Olivier Clochard, Thomas Honoré, Nicolas Lambert, Sarah Mekdjian et Philippe Rekacewicz (To be published, 2017) : « Cartographier les mouvements migratoires , REMI : La Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, 2017.

Commenges H, Giraud T, Lambert N.,(2016) : « Enhancing Spatial Patterns Representations by Functional Semantic Simplification – An Interactive Tool for European Stakeholders », Cartographica, 2016.

Lambert N., Zanin C., (2016) : « Manuel de cartographie. Principes, méthodes, applications », cursus, Armand Colin (18 mai 2016), 224p.

Lambert N., Clochard O., ( 2015) : « Mobile and fatal: the EU Borders » in Amilhat Szary A.-L. and Giraut F. « Borderities and the Politics of Contemporary Mobile Borders », Palgrave-Macmilllan, mai 2015.

Didelon C., De Rufferay S., Boquet M., Lambert N., (2011) : « A world of interstices: A Fuzzy Logic Approach to the Analysis of Interpretative Maps », The Cartographic Journal, vol. 48, pp. 100-107.

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Kristin A. Fishburn

Cartographic Products Lead
United States Geological Survey

Kristin Fishburn is the Cartographic Content Lead for the National Geospatial Program at the United States Geological Survey, providing strategy and vision for the US Topo map and Historical Topographic Map Collection programs and for cartographic design associated with The National Map. She earned her Master of Science degree in Cartography from The Ohio State University in 1992 and obtained her GIS Professional Certification (GISP) in 2008.


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