Thank you for your help!
Bernie Jenny, Assistant Professor (principal investigator)
Oregon State University
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I love projections.
I have studied more than a year this topic in details at university (I have MSc in Cartography) and i have few preferred and one "hated" too :-)
...but I gave up at half of survey :-(
It is too long (or I was too tired) and the question is too wide.
What is my preferred shape of word? Will be different for different size, content and reader types.
Advice for success:
Make is shorter or easier to choose. :-)
I went through the whole thing, but I didn't worry too much about trying to be consistent (like I had much choice in that case! Who can remember all of the selections they made? ha ha).
As for the question about which types of maps you use most often I think it should allow multiple selections. I use paper and digital about equally. It depends on the reason I'm using them and the circumstances I'm using them in, among other factors.
Good luck with your research!
First of all if I am to take your survey then I want to know why it exists? What is the purpose of it? (Okay that has been answered yet:
" The purpose of this research is to define what shapes of world maps map-readers prefer, and we would like to know your opinion about your preferred shape of world maps."
Is there another purpose on why you are doing this survey? When are you going to release the results? Who gets to see the results? How is the data that you get from the results going to be used? What is the justification for the lengthy survey? Who benefits from the survey?
"There is much beauty that we fail to see through our own eyes teeming with life forms that give us that perception of our reality. Leaves on the trees blowing gently in the wind, or scarily, the waves pounding through high surf, or lightly on a warm summer’s day; that opportunity to sit or swim in the water on a white beach. That comfort to shout, “The universal conscious do you hear me? I am alive, guide me dear logos towards the path of rightnesses.” Earned what has been kept, no longer to be absorbed into a life filled with cold damn winds and that stubborn fog clouding my vision with nothing but darkness."
The survey should explain in what use, what action, the preference is evaluated : reading a world map, creating one, teaching one, showing one to a certain public, etc.
Where can we be informed of the results of this survey ? It will be interesting :-)
I recently made a wall world map for the Norwegian branch og Medicins Sans Frontiers. I used Tom Patterson's Natural Earth oblique relief as foundation, then added country borders, capitals and other major cities with Norwegian labels.
Interestingly, they expected a rectangular map, not an oval one. Then I had to explain them that the earth isn't rectangular and the problems with distortion in the polar regions (in which Norway is situated) when the world is depicted as a rectangle.
I had a similar issue years ago when I was first involved with making globes (the infamous Oolaalaa globe chairs). The company also offered "specials" to corporate customers. This could be as easy as just putting some big logo's on empty patches of ocean, but in some cases I had to map non-geographic stuff on a globe. I kept telling them that if they gave me a grid of square images to map they'd end up with triangles at the poles.
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