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Hi All,
Just joined this forum and hoping to have some stimulating discussion starting with the topic of health atlas design. I am at the beginning of a process of designing a rare health condition atlas for a large province in Canada (ON). With my ignorant eyes I can already see that this process will face several serious problems both from the data/methodological and from cartograhic points of view. Before I jump into high gear bringing those about I just wonder for the moment if anybody has some experience designing health atlases or know of good references on this topic.
Thanks and have a great day.
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I know that the Geographer Peter Haggett a specialist in medical geography has recently published a new World Atlas of Epidemic Diseases . Not sure what it looks like or if it would be helpful. His other books may have alot of good references on medical geography in general. But medical geography and epidemeology are both fields that would have some references to your topic.

The Journal Cartographic Perspectives ran an article in issue 46 (fall 03) on the Barrington Atlas project that provided alot of insight into the production of that Atlas. I supspect it would make very good reading for someone embarqing on a project such as yours. There may be other papers out there dealing with the productionof other large Atlas projects.

Any well designed atlas would be a good starting point for design references. My favourite are the Atlas of Oregon, The Swiss Atlas (print and DVD editions) and the Historical Atlas of Canada (Published by the University of Toronto....).

Lastly International Mapping Associates with the US Census bureau are producing a Census Atlas of the US based on Census 2000 figures. I saw a preview of it at last year's NACIS meeting and it looks superb. Not sure when it is due to be published, Trudy Suchan at the Census Bureau might be a good place to start for finding out more about it.

I believe that IMA were hired as a contractor in the project to do some intial exploratory maps and to flesh out design concepts and various mapping approaches for what will turn out to be a very large complex Atlas. I know there are several very skilled cartographers that frequent this board that would be happy to help you in that role if you chose to pursue this approach.

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An amazing piece of thematic cartography is the National Economic Atlas of China produced in China. The book is HUGE, but it contains many excellent example of different types of charts on maps and chloropleth mapping. The overall design is very nice as well.

Unfortunately I'm not sure where to find this book.

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You might look at the National Cancer Institute (USA).
Cancer Atlas

I worked with these folks in the past, and they do good work.

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Hi Jim, Nick and Martin,
Thanks a lot for all your suggestions, I will follow up on all of them and once I find my way around the project I will describe my choices in this forum, I hope this would be appropriate for this list. Funny coicidence - Martin is mentioning Historical Atlas of Canada - it was designed by Cartography Office at UofT where I worked for couple of years, but I did not work on this particular project.
Have a great weekend.
Pyzdra




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