Cartography is the business of making maps. The terms ‘mapmaking’ and ‘cartography’ essentially mean the same thing: taking geographical information and transforming it into a map. A map is a graphic which shows a simplified picture of some of the features of part or all of the world. Our definition of cartography describes it as the ‘art, science and technology’ of mapmaking — a useful definition since it shows that cartography covers many disciplines and involves people with a range of skills. Making maps is an exciting and creative profession.

There are various courses available that include a module or element of Cartography and we have compiled a guide to becoming a cartographer here.

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  • GIS Officer: Layers of London Project

    — News release: 24th October 2018

    Job Reference: 001204

    Closing Date: 28/10/2018

    Salary: Starting from £14,041.60 per annum (pro rata to £35,104 full time equivalent)

    Employment Type: Fixed Term (part-time)

    Department: School of Advanced Study

    Division: Institute of Historical Research (IHR) - non academic

    Hours Per Week: 14

    The Institute of Historical Research is seeking an experienced GIS Officer to deliver our high-profile Layers of London heritage project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    The Role:

    The ‘Layers of London’ project is a major collaboration between the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and major heritage partners in London. These include the British Library, the National Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, Historic England, the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) and Birkbeck, University of London. The project will create a new interactive digital platform comprising historic maps, plans, photos, films and other resources to be used as part of public engagement programmes involving groups and individuals across London’s boroughs and beyond. A major component of the project will be the creation of content via crowd-sourcing, schools and volunteer projects.

    The GIS Officer is responsible for supervising the development of all geospatial data that is to be created by project partners, and ensuring that all geospatial resources made available via the Layers of London website are accessible, appropriate and adhere to relevant standards.

    This is a fixed-term role for 14 hours per week (0.4 FTE) until June 2020.

    For a full role profile, please refer to the job description below.

    Further Information

    In order to be considered for this opportunity, please submit an up to date CV and covering letter (by clicking on ‘apply for the job’ at the bottom of the page) before the closing date at midnight on Sunday, 28 October 2018

    Interviews are to be confirmed.

    For further information and links, see