Federal and State elections bring into focus a broad range of issues, some or many of which are very important to us. Ultimately, it is the balancing of these issues and judgements about the various visions, priorities and programs on offer that determines how we vote.
Many of the promises offered up by the different parties can be presented in map form. Using interactive map tools, new spatial technology is allowing voters to engage and better understand issues than ever before. Spatial Vision’s itsyourvote.com.au is a good example of such an approach. This site shows how social and political issues that emerged in the lead up to last year’s Victorian State Election could be visualised in the form of interactive maps.
Most people look at a map as merely a tool, an instrument of information which they can use to gain a better understanding about the world around them.
However, in reality maps are much more than that; maps are a unique combination of art and science, bringing together beauty and colour with fact and detail.
Anyone can sketch out a rough outline of a map, but it takes true talent and determination to create a map that is both factually accurate and beautiful to look at - this is where a custom cartographic service comes in.
If you have ever seen Robert Hoddle's 1837 survey of the town of Melbourne, you instantly recognise the genius of Murray Walker’s tapestry, Melbourne. The huge tapestry hanging in the foyer of Bourke Place captures the grid plan for Melbourne as drawn up by the Surveyor Hoddle. The tapestry also includes the original topographic features of Batman Hill, the natural alignment of the Yarra River and the surrounding tea tree scrub as drawn by Hoddle on the map. The tapestry details include the ink spills that you can also see on the original. If you love maps, you will be delighted to see this work.