A Tour through the World of Map Editing

B.C. branch meeting
January 15, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Editing maps without too much editorializing presents many challenges: How do you show boundaries that are in dispute? Name places where the Latin alphabet isn’t used? Portray sites using symbols without offending anyone? Produce a pleasing, detailed, accurate map without overcrowding it?

Creating a map is an editorial responsibility as much as it is a graphic compilation. What to include and what to omit, how to spell place names, how to show such items as hotels without being overtly commercial, how to overcome opposition that can become quite heated, and how to work with production facilities in different parts of the world and with differing cultural backgrounds—these are key editorial considerations in the world of map publishing.

Explore the world of map editing and you could go home with freebies from our bonus map giveaway.

Jack Joyce is founder and president of International Travel Maps and Books (ITMB Publishing). As a retailer of maps from Asia, Europe, and the U.S., Jack discovered that maps of Latin America were almost impossible to find. Responding to customer demand, he partnered with Kevin Healey, an Australian cartographer, to form ITMB and began publishing original maps. Today ITMB is the largest publisher of travel maps in the world.

Where: The YWCA, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, on the fourth floor. The YWCA is on the west side of Hornby, between Dunsmuir and Pender, one block northeast of the Burrard SkyTrain Station.

Cost: Free for EAC members; $10 for non-members; $5 for students with valid ID. Registration at the door.

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