Welcome to the UW Cartography Lab Website

Who We Are

Since 1953, the UW Cartography Lab has been a center of innovation for map design, interactive visualization, and geographic thinking. The Cart Lab is a unique “maker”-space in which researchers, professional designers, and students work together to discuss complex problems and create compelling visuals. We are continuously engaged with our extensive #uwcart alumni network and are always eager to seek new clients and partnerships on campus and beyond. Read more about us…

What We Do

The Cart Lab is a full-service cartographic design facility integrating production, research, and educational activities. We support the cartography and design needs of the UW system and regularly contract with government agencies, scholars, and instructors. Each partnership generates real-world student apprenticeships on mapping projects that sit at the intersection of research and design. Contact us if you are interested in working with the Cart Lab…

Why We Map

Maps are more than just pretty pictures. Maps tell stories. Maps provide explanations. Maps make arguments. As geographers, we view maps and map-based applications as essential tools for addressing complex geographic problems and promoting place-based dialogue. To this end, we bring passion and experience to each new project in order to meet your mapping needs. Browse past production, research, and educational projects…

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Web Mapping: A Workbook for Interactive Cartography and Visualization on the Open Web

Robert Roth, Carl Sack, Gareth Baldrica-Franklin, Yuying Chen, Rich Donohue, Lily Houtman, Tim Prestby, Robin Tolochko, and Nick Underwood

This workbook introduces the practical skills needed to develop interactive maps and visualizations on the open web. Compared to a traditional textbook, this workbook utilizes a "spiral" curriculum of short but interconnected lessons that incrementally build proficiency in interactive cartography and visualization.


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Mapping for a Sustainable World

Robert Roth

The University of Wisconsin Cartography Lab supported creation of the book layout and all maps and graphics through National Science Foundation CAREER Grant #1555267


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GIS&T Body of Knowledge

The GIS&T Body of Knowledge documents the domain of geographic information science and its associated technologies (GIS&T). By providing this content in a new digital format, UCGIS aims to continue supporting the GIS&T higher education community and its connections with the practitioners, employers, and clients who comprise the increasingly diverse collection of GIS&T professionals. The UW Cartography Lab actively supports and contributes to the GIS&T body of knowledge.


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Human Trafficking at Home

Leanne Abraham, Ross Thorn, and Alicia Iverson

Geography 575 final project and NACIS Dynamic Map Award Winner



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The Status of Web Mapping in North American Higher Education

Carl Sack Cartographic Perspectives

Most maps are now consumed online, yet colleges and universities struggle to keep their cartography and GIScience curricula up to date with the use of modern web technologies. I present a qualitative interview study aimed at providing insight into current teaching practices, along with challenges that may hamper the uptake of web mapping technologies in the classroom...