Canada: The International Cartographic Association has awarded Fraser Taylor, a Carleton University cartographer, with the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal.
Taylor’s field is cyber cartography, which includes the socio-economic and cultural aspects of places. Currently, he is working on Lake Huron Treaty Atlas which will be produced in co-operation with the Anishinaabe people around northern Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The atlas will be a package combining photos, historic notes, biography, video, and audio interviews. For instance, a viewer can click on a map of the Great Lakes and find the history as remembered by the Anishinaabe. A user will be able to choose to listen, to look at pictures, or to go through charts and graphs. “You can’t just draw some towns and roads and call it a complete map. “Location is the key to modern life and you can link all kinds of things, both qualitative and quantitative information, by location, and present that information in new ways,” said Taylor. It is the first time a Canadian has won this award.