Mapping Pacific Places (online event)

Mapping Pacific Places - Due to Covid restrictions now in place, ANZMapS 2020 has been remodeled as an online event, to be streamed by the National Library of Australia, on Thursday September 10.

Details of how to view the talks and ask questions of speakers to follow soon. This will be a free online event open to all.

"When Magellan entered the Pacific in 1520 he could not have imagined the magnitude of the Pacific Ocean, which he believed could be crossed in a few weeks. This expedition began centuries of speculation and exploration and an explosion of cartographic publications."

Pacific Ocean engraved on steel by Gray & Son
Glasgow : Published by Blackie, Fullarton & Co., Edinburgh, 1826.

At this one day online seminar we will explore ideas of the Pacific from "Magellanica" to the present, and reassess the role of maps in understanding - and misunderstanding - its knowledge, peoples and cultures. With sincere thanks to the National Library of Australia, and The Hakluyt Society (London) for their support for this special event.

DRAFT PROGRAM:

SESSION 1  - A World Divided

  • Granville Allen Mawer / East by West: Navigating with Magellan
  • Ian Burnet / A World Divided
  • Robert J King/ Finding the Antipodeans
  • Margaret Sankey/ Secrets and lies: the French ‘discovery’ of the Pacific Ocean

SESSION 2 – Pacific Places

  • Bronwen Douglas/ Place, Race, Genome: ‘Polynesia’ in Deep Historical Perspective
  • Paul Geraghty/ Maps and the European understanding of Fiji toponomy 1643-1840
  • Jan Tent/ Naming Places: Dutch Voyagers and Toponyms in the Fifth Part of the World, 1616–1722

SESSION 3 – A World United

  • National Library of Australia / Pacific Virtual Museum
  • Katerina Teaiwa / Mapping Banaba - Ocean Island
  • Talei Mangioni / Charting Nuclear Free Independent Pacific
The Hakluyt Society was founded in 1846 to promote the study of historical exploration, global travel and cultural encounter and exchange. Its main activity is the publication of scholarly editions of primary accounts of historical voyages and travels, which are distributed to members.


ANZMapS Participation Survey results

With apologies for the delay in publishing the results - Christmas, New Year and the fire season brought a temporary pause to efforts in getting these to you.

We received 66 responses - this is quite a good return in terms of the likely pool, and on behalf of the committee sincere thanks to all those who responded.

Apart from the interesting information represented in the graphs, there are loads of suggestions around improving communications, how to make ANZMapS more relevant or interesting, and a clear willingness to share knowledge/information.

Its interesting too what a diverse bunch we are in some ways, with a broad range of interests (more than just maps).

The committee will look at the many ideas and suggestions to guide our program, events and communication in the coming months and longer term.

Having read the survey results and comments, please circulate any further thoughts through the ANZMapS email list, or send to anzmaps1@gmail.com


Robert Streit wins inaugural student presentation award

The 2019 ANZMapS conference, 'Mapping in Action', held at the National Library of Australia on 24-25 September, focused on presentations by students about the use of mapping in their research. The $1000 prize for best student presentation was awarded to Robert Streit , a PhD student with the Reef fish ecology and evolution lab at James Cook University, Townsville, for his presentation on "Space use in reef fishes: why we need maps in reef ecology" Congratulations Robert! Robert prize Robert being awarded his prize by ANZMapS president Dr Martin Woods. group2 All our student presenters (l to r: Kirrily Apthorp/ANU, Percy Rakoto/RMIT, Mae Noble/ANU, Inge Riebe/ANU, Oscar So/RMIT, Cynthia Parayiwa/ANU, Robert Streit/JCU, Hedvig Skirgard/ANU, Melissa Pineda Pinto/Swinburne; absent: Micah Edwards/Nowra Christian School & Nicholas Skopal/ANU)

ANZMapS participation survey

The ANZMapS committee is seeking ways to connect with new audiences, to ensure that existing members get value for their membership and have input into future directions. We have devised a SURVEY to collect your views and hear about your experience of the Society. By completing this 5-10 minute survey, you will help us assess current activities and consider potential new directions. All responses to the survey are confidential, and individual responses will not be identified in the reporting of findings. The survey will be available throughout October, and you are welcome to share it with others you think may be interested.


Registration for “Mapping in Action” now open

Registration is now open for the special event, "Mapping in Action", to be held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, Tue-Wed 24-25 September 2019.   Mapping in Action brings together spatial science students, historians and map lovers for this unique ANZMapS event. “Mapping in Action will showcase the latest in spatial information, data visualisation and historical mapping, with prizes awarded the best presentations, and open the doors to Australia’s largest map collection. Its my pleasure to introduce such a diverse group of speakers and subjects.” Dr Martin Woods, Senior Curator of Maps and Research at the National Library of Australia Over two days, Mapping in Action will show how linguistic properties of Indigenous placenames can be mapped, how maps are used to understand Marine Protection, the ecosystem of Port Phillip Bay, the British Music Trade, cultural practices in Papua New Guinea, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and much more. There are new tools, including Geoscience Australia’s Aerial Photography Through Time, and the National Library’s Mapwarper. Day 2 will include a behind the scenes tour of the Library’s vast map collection. See the Event webpage for registration details.

2019 ANZMapS ‘Mapping in Action’

ANZMapS' Mapping In Action special event will be held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra on Tue 24 and Wed 25 September 2019. The Conference Committee is now seeking submissions for presentations. Share with other researchers how maps and spatial science help us interact with, interpret and understand society, the environment, history and science. Call for Presentations  Outlines (200 words): submit here Deadline for submission: Friday 31 July 2019. The Dorothy Prescott Prize for best presentation will receive $500 and publication in The Globe. This year there is also a special $1000 prize for the best student presentation! Registration Full registration: $40 per day ($80 for 2 days). Student registration: $20 per day ($40 for 2 days) Registration includes morning/afternoon tea and lunch. Check the conference page for updates. Proceedings Sessions will be held on Tuesday 24th and the morning of Wednesday 25th September, followed by a visit behind the scenes of the NLA's Map Collection on Wednesday afternoon. View the unique maps and ephemera that make up Australia's largest map collection. ANZMapS Membership Presenters and attendees are not required to be members, but why not join up anyway, and receive 2 issues of our journal The Globe each year. Annual membership only $60! Annual student membership only $30! Join here.

New NLA Map Georeferencer

NLA Maps Georectifier has been designed to georeference and publish a set of historical maps on Open Street Map.  Georectification (or georeferencing), simply means marking recognisable points on both the historical map and another map, in this case Open Street Map. The pilot is now ready for trialling and comment  - http://georekt-test.nla.gov.au/ The data set currently comprises about 1000 digitised parish and town maps of NSW/ACT and nearby regions. Over the next six-months, the Library plans to add a layer of topographic maps, and wider geographic coverage. The tool allows users to setup a login to georeference the maps. Once enough points have been added, the map is then submitted for rectification, and published for online use. Its actually quite fun and addictive - a bit of a Tetris exercise to get the maps to match up. The Library is hopeful too, that a few more keenly interested individuals will become publishers...