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Indigenous Knowledge

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Law, Society & Cybercartography

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Nunaliit Atlas Framework 2.0
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The GCRC is an official Research Centre in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

  • Gwich'in Atlas Launch

    The Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute has launched the Gwich'in Atlas with the help of the GCRC. Read about the launch in this CBC Story.

  • Reflexive Cartography Book Released

    Elsevier's Modern Cartography series, edited by Dr. Taylor, has introduced a new book by Emanuela Casti called Reflexive Cartography - A New Perspective on Mapping. Reflexive Cartography addresses the adaptation of cartography, including its digital forms (GIS, WebGIS, PPGIS), to the changing needs of society, and outlines the experimental context aimed at mapping a topological space.

  • 2014 Killam Prize

    Centre director Fraser Taylor has been awarded the 2014 Killam Prize for the Social Sciences from the Canada Council for the Arts for his work on Cybercartography. Listen to Dr. Taylor and the other laureates on CBC Radio's Ideas or watch Dr. Taylor's Killam Prize lecture at McGill University.

  • Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, 2nd Edition Released

    "Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, 2nd Edition", a newly released book edited by Dr. Taylor and written by many collaborators and partners of the centre, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in Earth Science at the Association of American Publishers' 2015 PROSE Awards. Details and ordering info can be found in the Elsevier Store.

  • Dr. Taylor Wins ICA Award, Top Honour in Cartography

    Carleton University's Fraser Taylor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and 
Distinguished Research Professor 
in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, is the first Canadian cartographer to receive the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal2.

  • CFI Invests in Indigenous Mapping Infrastructure at GCRC

    Dr. Fraser Taylor (Principal Investigator) and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre has been awarded $1,032,646 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Leading Edge Fund for a project entitled "A Distributed Data Management Infrastructure for Indigenous Knowledge Research with Inuit and First Nations Communities".

Members of the GCRC team (from left to right) Glenn Brauen, Amos Hayes, JP Fiset, Gita Ljubicic & Claudio Aporta pose in front of a live version of the Inuit Siku (Sea Ice) Atlas at the GCRC laboratory.

GCRC research focuses on the application of geographic information processing and management to the analysis of socio-economic issues of interest to society at a variety of scales from the local to the international and the presentation of the results in new, innovative cartographic forms. Cybercartography is a new multimedia, multisensory and interactive online cartography and its main products are cybercartographic atlases using location as a key organizing principle. These atlases create narratives from a variety of different perspectives and include both quantitative and qualitative information. These include stories, art, literature and music as well as socio-economic and environmental information. GCRC research includes: cybercartography, polar research, multisensory cartography (e.g. sound and olfaction), cinématographie, indigenous knowledge, participatory cartography, archiving and preservation, open source technologies and interoperability, the management of geographic information, and Global Map.

Centre members are active in a number of national and international committees and advisory boards. The GCRC is multidisciplinary and includes: faculty members from a variety of disciplines, managerial and technical staff with many different skills and expertise, post doctoral fellows, multidisciplinary PhD and MA students, and some of the world's leading figures in geomatics and cartography as research associates. We have a formal agreements of cooperation Memorandum of Understanding with Natural Resources Canada as well as research affiliations with national & international organizations and with aboriginal communities in Canada.

View the latest article from Research Works about the centre's work.

Members of the GCRC team (from left to right) Claudio Aporta, Gita Ljubicic, and Centre Director Dr. Fraser Taylor pose in the GCRC laboratory. This photo was taken for the accompanying article in ResearchWorks (see link above).

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