About The Map Room
The Map Room is a blog that points to maps, map collections, map-related resources, and material about maps on the web. Anything that fits under that rubric, from medieval mappæ mundi to satellite imagery, and from topo maps to Tolkien, is fair game.
Launched in March 2003, The Map Room is aimed at a broad audience. While cartographers and people in the geospatial industry seem to enjoy reading it, it’s meant to be accessible to anyone with nothing more than an interest in maps.
About the Author
I’m Jonathan Crowe, and I’m not a map expert. I don’t work in the geospatial industry, I’m not an academic cartographer — and, until December 2008, I didn’t even own a GPS. I started this blog as an exercise in self-education: I thought that the best way to learn about a subject I was interested in, but didn’t know much about, would be to blog about it. (For my background in maps, read Maps and Me: A Personal Essay.)
My training is in European history, but I work as an editor and writer, both online and in the public sector. My other Internet projects include:
- Ankylose This!, a group blog about living with ankylosing spondylitis;
- DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics;
- Gartersnake.info, a garter snake enthusiasts’ site; and
- Snakes on Film, whose title is self-explanatory.
My personal site is at mcwetboy.com, where I also have a personal blog. When I’m not blogging, writing or correcting other people’s grammar, I raise snakes, play the piano, and look through my telescope. I live in Shawville, Quebec, with my significant other, Jennifer Seely, and our many interesting animals.
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