Cartography and Children

Multifaceted Cartography for Children

4605.2 - Orienteering activities in Battir, Palestine, Unesco World Heritage Site since June 2014.

Tuesday, July 4
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Virginia C

The presentation aiming to show the mapping experiment of Battir shared with the pupils from the valley to the historic center of their village, in order to experiment the use of the topographical maps initially produced from the survey at Battir Landscape Ecomuseum, in Palestine (from 2007 until 2011, today updated and maintained from Paris).
The data of Battir have been designed in OCAD by Hervé Quinquenel, engi-neer-cartographer, National School of Geographic Sciences/IGN, chair of the Ori-enteering Activities of the Sportive Association of the National Geographic Insti-tute, in Paris

From the Landscape to the Map: how to observe each surrounding feature and its representation ? How to locate it on the map ? How to choose the way to reach it ? Which best way to drive us from a point to another ?
 How maps help us to un-derstand better our space an landscape ? How do maps help us to share the knowledge about our patrimony ? What is exactly the power of maps in communi-cation ?
We proposed the very first orienteering activities for the children of Battir. From the Basic School for Girls and the School for Boys, these activities aimed to share great moments walking together, running, to trying to find the control marks placed in the landscape for listing them on the map, shouting and laughing at each mark reached!
Later, through the activities of Battir Public Library, children of surrounding villages have been invited to share orienteering in this thousand-of-year-old village.

Jasmine Desclaux-Salachas

University Paris 7-Denis Diderot, les Cafés-cartographiques

Jasmine Desclaux-Salachas, cartographer
National School of Geographic Sciences /ENSG-IGN), Teacher - Trainning in the classical techniques of map design, enhancing skills in digital cartography,

University Denis Diderot Paris 7 - UMR Geography-Cities 8504, PhD Student « CARTOGRAPHY & EDUCATION ».

Founder of ‘les Cafés-cartographiques /maps&talk’ in October 1999. Association under the law of 1901 since Mars 2013 : opened informal events about Cartography.

Map design to topographical production. Topographic map designer of the Mount Rainier National Park Centennial Edition, Stanley Maps Ed.

Co-vice-president of the French Cartographic Committee (
Commission Chair « Cartography & Communication »


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Naeema M. Alhosani


Dr. Naeema Alhosani, obtained her Ph. D. & M.A. in Geography "Cartography" from the University of Kansas, USA. She is an assistant dean for student affairs, as well as she is an assistant professor in the Geography and Urban Planning dept, UAEU. She has many awards. Her research interests are: Cartography, Maps & Mapping, Cartographic Design, Environment, GIS, RS, tourism and Education. She has participated in many conferences (both regional and international), research projects as well as maps publications, besides being a member of many professional committees. She has various contributions at the departmental, College, University and Community levels.


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