Finding the Right Place on the Map

Central and Eastern European Media Change in a Global Perspective

Finding the Right Place on the Map

This is a international comparison of the media systems and the democratic performance of the media in post-Communist countries. It explores issues of commercial media, social exclusion and consumer capitalism in a comparative East-West perspective. This book is a overview of what media transformation has meant for post-Communist countries in nearly two decades.

On The Map

Why the world looks the way it does

On The Map

Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield examines how maps both relate and realign our history. With a historical sweep ranging from Ptolemy to Twitter, Garfield explores the legendary, impassable (and non-existent) mountains of Kong, the role of cartography in combatting cholera, the 17th-century Dutch craze for Atlases, the Norse discovery of America, how a Venetian monk mapped the world from his cell and the Muppets' knack of instant map-travel. Along the way are pocket maps of dragons, Mars, murders and more, with plenty of illustrations and prints to signpost the route. From the bestselling and widely-adored author of Just My Type, On The Map is a witty and irrepressible examination of where we've been, how we got there and where we're going.

Hunting on the Map

Hunting on the Map

Readers will take aim as they learn how to track their prey in this compelling title. Acquiring map skills has never been more fun as readers dive into this action-packed text. With a clear real-life application, map skills are more than simply another academic subject. The images and high-interest topic are sure to draw in reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike.

Myths on the Map

The Storied Landscapes of Ancient Greece

Myths on the Map

Polybius boldly declared that 'now that all places have become accessible by land or sea, it is no longer appropriate to use poets and writers of myth as witnesses of the unknown' (4.40.2). And yet, in reality, the significance of myth did not diminish as the borders of the known world expanded. Storytelling was always an inextricable part of how the ancient Greeks understood their environment; mythic maps existed alongside new, more concrete, methods of charting the contours of the earth. Specific landscape features acted as repositories of myth and spurred their retelling; myths, in turn, shaped and gave sense to natural and built environments, and were crucial to the conceptual resonances of places both unknown and known. This volume brings together contributions from leading scholars of Greek myth, literature, history, and archaeology to examine the myriad intricate ways in which ancient Greek myth interacted with the physical and conceptual landscapes of antiquity. The diverse range of approaches and topics highlights in particular the plurality and pervasiveness of such interactions. The collection as a whole sheds new light on the central importance of storytelling in Greek conceptions of space.

Disasters on the Map

Disasters on the Map

From coast to coast, tragedy can strike at any moment. Readers will learn about the locations of disasters from earthquakes to tsunamis and everything in between, all the while discovering how to understand a map’s symbols, its contour or latitude and longitude lines, and more. Real-life photographs and attention-grabbing subject matter is sure to transform this sometimes dry topic into a compelling study.

Australia on the Map, 1606-2006

Ages 8-10

Australia on the Map, 1606-2006

The year 2006 celebrates the 400th anniversary of European involvement in the discovery and mapping of Australia. The contributions of the Dutch, French and British navigators and explorers, who charted and named much of the coastline, are explored through student activities and teachers notes.

Putting People on the Map

Protecting Confidentiality with Linked Social-Spatial Data

Putting People on the Map

Precise, accurate spatial information linked to social and behavioral data is revolutionizing social science by opening new questions for investigation and improving understanding of human behavior in its environmental context. At the same time, precise spatial data make it more likely that individuals can be identified, breaching the promise of confidentiality made when the data were collected. Because norms of science and government agencies favor open access to all scientific data, the tension between the benefits of open access and the risks associated with potential breach of confidentiality pose significant challenges to researchers, research sponsors, scientific institutions, and data archivists. Putting People on the Map finds that several technical approaches for making data available while limiting risk have potential, but none is adequate on its own or in combination. This book offers recommendations for education, training, research, and practice to researchers, professional societies, federal agencies, institutional review boards, and data stewards.

Blank on the Map

Pioneering exploration in the Shaksgam valley and Karakoram mountains.

Blank on the Map

'As I studied the maps, one thing about them captured my imagination ... Across this blank space was written one challenging word, "Unexplored"' In 1937 two of the twentieth century's greatest explorers set off to explore an unknown area of the Himalaya, the breath-taking Shaksgam mountains. With a team of surveyors and Sherpas, Eric Shipton and H.W. Tilman located and mapped the land around K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. It was their greatest venture, and one that paved the way for all future mountaineering in that area of the Himalaya. For Shipton and Tilman, exploration was everything, with a summit a welcome bonus, and Blank on the Map is the book that best captures their spirit of adventure. With an observant eye and keen sense of humour, Shipton tells how the expedition entered the unknown Shaksgam mountains, crossing impenetrable gorges, huge rivers and endless snow fields. There's a very human element to in Shipton's dealings with his Sherpa friends, and with his Balti porters, some of whom were helpful, while some were less so. The expedition uncovers traces of ancient cultures and visits vibrant modern civilisations living during the last days of the British Empire. Only when all supplies are exhausted, their clothes in tatters and all equipment lost do the men finally return home. A mountain exploration classic.

Dinosaurs on the Map

Dinosaurs on the Map

Long before humans were around, dinosaurs roamed the earth, and they have been a topic of endless fascination since we first discovered their remains. Readers will learn map skills with ease as the compelling dinosaur and fossil images will divert and delight. Budding archaeologists and readers will roll up their sleeves and dig into this absorbing topic.

Pirates on the Map

Pirates on the Map

This valuable resource will teach readers everything they need to know to read a map. They’ll get lost in this book as they read fun facts about real-life pirate shipwrecks and buried treasure. They will also learn about scale, longitude and latitude, relevant vocabulary, and how to read a legend. Call-outs throughout the text will challenge them to think fast and test their newly acquired skills.