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The Best Maps of 2013

Typically at GeoNYC we present on tools we are building, maps we're making, questions we're solving, stories we're telling, etc etc. For January's GeoNYC -- we're doing something special -- we putting together a panel of expert map makers to help us pick the best map of 2013. This design critique will allow the larger GeoNYC community to decode the process and evaluation behind a successful map - What are the sparks of inspiration? How does an expert break it down? And how can we read a great map? How do you know success?

We're asking the larger GeoNYC community to submit their favorite maps of 2013. The organizing crew will then whittle it down to a top 10. And then our expert panel will provide expert critique. At the end of the night - once 3-word introductions and public roasts are done -- we'll vote on the top 3.

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OUR EXPERT PANEL! (bios coming soon!)

Jonathan Levy

Michael Keller

Steven Romalewski

Chris Herrmann

Jessie Braden


7:00PM: doors, beer, pizza, people, etc 
7:30PM: presentations followed by voting! 
9:00PM: geo-celebrations 



We'll also do a run through of the latest and greatest in the geo news as well as announce what's on the horizon.  If you have anything you'd like to add to the news or announcement please don't hesitate to contact us.  And you can always keep track of the conversation on twitter at #geonyc!!







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  • Jackie L.

    i agree with others that breaking this down into award categories would be an improvement (best printed map, anyone? i would also love for the 2014 version of this event feature more contributions from the GeoNYC community

    January 20, 2014

  • David W.

    January 18, 2014

  • Joe

    I understand how - in the eyes of many map lovers - these would not hold a candle to a 1986 Newark 1:[masked]-scale metric topographic-bathymetric map 30 x 60 minute Quadrangle. That said, "The Best Maps of 2013" are invariably going to be digital tools available for free to millions.

    January 18, 2014

    • Joe

      Maps-as-works-of-art are out there and the annual awards in London have some of 2013's masterpieces. Stanford Awards - best printed map of the year; et al ... cf http://www.cartograph...­

      January 18, 2014

  • Evan P.

    I was a little disappointed in the selection of "maps". That is to say I did not see a single "map" - a true cartographic production of high quality. I saw many very nice "web mapping applications" that were very interesting, but no real maps...

    January 17, 2014

    • Evan P.

      but let me say I had an excellent time and met many very nice people.

      January 17, 2014

  • Bridget S.

    The 2013 Top Maps meet-up was informative and also plain fun. I appreciated the diversity of maps and the different perspectives of the panelists as well as the provocative participation! Next time it might be improved with commentary on the maps' literature/ text analysis. The question a participant raised on bias was most intriguing-- although one person said that we might reduce our esteem of a map by its bias, I believe we could more productively acknowledge that all cartography has bias, or an agenda, and then evaluate the map and its effectiveness using our perceptions of its bias. Thanks to everyone for an excellent evening!

    January 15, 2014

  • Nick S

    This meetup was great. I really liked hearing how you decided which maps made the cut for top 10 (which would generate most discussion). In a way, this is better than just a bunch of perfect, cool maps. Definitely got me thinking about the nuances of map design, and why cartographers make the choices they do.

    January 15, 2014

  • Andrew W. H.

    For anyone interested, here is a link to the form results (minus predictions),

    1 · January 9, 2014

    • CraigG

      Thanks. For me this was the hands down winner. Would love to see other data applied to this technique of dot density aggregation.

      January 15, 2014

    • Zeb D.

      Thanks Jessie

      January 15, 2014

  • Bandana

    Why the world needs OpenStreetMap, in the Guardian:

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • Jessie B.

    Thanks for a great night, everyone! Jeremy Goldsmith told me about the Hubway data viz challenge with categories - maybe we can vote this way next year. (scroll down to Challenge Winners).

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. As usual. Thanks.

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just found out about this event tonight! Will there be drop-ins allowed, or can I be added to wait list?

    January 13, 2014

  • Lilla

    Where can we see the submitted maps besides the 10 selected?

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • Carlos

    I'd like to know if there's a fee for the meeting, thanks.

    January 3, 2014

    • Carlos

      Ok thanks.

      January 8, 2014

  • Jennifer Sta. I.

    Sorry to miss the year's first meet-up! I threw in my two cents for the best maps ballot.

    January 7, 2014

    • alyssa w.

      Thanks! Come join us for the next one in February!

      January 7, 2014

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