The Map Room is a blog about maps that covers everything from antique map collecting to the latest in geospatial technology.

“One of the finest map blogs on the Internet.”
—Mike Parker, Map Addict (2009)

It was started by Jonathan Crowe in March 2003 as an exercise in self-education. He wasn’t a map expert—he didn’t even own a GPS receiver until 2008—but liked them all the same, and thought blogging about them would be a good way to learn more. Now, more than a decade later, people insist on calling him a map expert, to his continuing befuddlement.

The Map Room ran for more than eight years—between March 2003 and June 2011—and amassed more than four thousand posts before Jonathan wrapped it up in June 2011. After a hiatus of four and a half years, Jonathan brought it back in January 2016.

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About the Author

Jonathan CroweJonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room. His nonfiction has been published by AE, The New York Review of Science Fiction, the Ottawa Citizen, Strange Horizons and Tor.com. His sf fanzine, Ecdysis, was a two-time Aurora Award finalist.

His other web projects include DFL, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics that made him world famous for 15 minutes in 2004, and Gartersnake.info, a website for garter snake keepers.

Jonathan has been interviewed or profiled by Agence France-Presse, the BBC World Service, the Boston Globe, CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, Folha de São Paolo, the Hamilton Spectator, the National Post, the Ottawa Sun, Reuters, RTÉ, Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Star and the West Quebec Post, among others. He has also appeared as a panelist and presenter at science fiction conventions.

A former political operative, history graduate student, civil servant, small-town newspaper reporter and snake breeder, Jonathan lives in Shawville, Quebec.

All content is copyright © Jonathan Crowe or their original contributors.

To reuse or reprint material that first appeared on The Map Room, please contact him. To reuse or reprint material linked to or featured by The Map Room, please contact the originating website; please do not contact Jonathan for permission to reprint material created by a third party.


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