National Geographic debuts “Map of the Day” application

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Forget gingko biloba:
To enhance brain functioning, just add a map to your daily dose of vitamins.

Image courtesy of National Geographic Magazine Online.

National Geographic is bringing a new twist to the standard
“this day in history” lesson–maps.

“Map of the Day” highlights a pivotal historical event for
each day of the year, along with an interactive map. The maps are adapted from
an array of sources including the Society’s own annals, the Library of
Congress, and the National Archives. An engaging quiz question adds an
additional layer of fun–and mental stimulation–to each map and written
description.

Today’s feature is sure to evoke a smile from every National
Geographic employee: a map of the star-dappled ceiling that graces the main
lobby of the historic Society headquarters. Over 700 individual bulbs illuminate an exact replica of the sky over Washington, D.C., on the night in January, 1888, when a group of 33 prominent scientists first
met to discuss the creation of a society for the “increase and diffusion of
geographic knowledge.”

We LOVE “Map of
the Day” for its application of the
geographic perspective to historical science. Of course, our colleagues in
academia have long known that the two are inextricably linked. So add this innovative tool to your bookmarks to start thinking
geographically about world events past and present. We hope you’ll make “Map of the Day” as habitual as your morning cup of coffee!

Tell Us: Check out the "Map of the Day" features to date and tell us which one is your favorite so far.

Sarah for My Wonderful World

 

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6 responses to “National Geographic debuts “Map of the Day” application

  1. What do you think about geography?
    Geography is the road which I need for my trips.

  2. Hi Tracey,
    Thanks for calling attention to these technical errors with the “Map of the Day” site. We have followed up with the National Geographic web staff, and they attribute the malfunction to a recent relaunch of the server. They are scrambling to work out the kinks with the site. Hopefully everything will be up and running again soon. I certainly hope you will give this valuable resource another try soon!
    Sarah

  3. Sarah,
    I would love to use this website on a daily basis if only I didn’t find it so hard to use and drill down to information. I am hoping that since I haven’t used it in awhile that some changes have been made, so am giving it another try.
    I tried to pull up the Map of the Day (an idea I LOVE) but was not able to enlarge the page, nor scroll down to see the rest of the page! So, once again, I am thwarted in using the website. Any ideas?
    Also, this was the first time I had received an email about MOTD, but I see that there is already an archive. Again, frustrating.
    How can I see the full MOTD and scroll down? How can I enlarge it to full screen? I cannot think it is my own settings, because I have never had this problem before. I really look forward to using this feature daily!

  4. Sarah,
    I would love to use this website on a daily basis if only I didn’t find it so hard to use and drill down to information. I am hoping that since I haven’t used it in awhile that some changes have been made, so am giving it another try.
    I tried to pull up the Map of the Day (an idea I LOVE) but was not able to enlarge the page, nor scroll down to see the rest of the page! So, once again, I am thwarted in using the website. Any ideas?
    Also, this was the first time I had received an email about MOTD, but I see that there is already an archive. Again, frustrating.
    How can I see the full MOTD and scroll down? How can I enlarge it to full screen? I cannot think it is my own settings, because I have never had this problem before. I really look forward to using this feature daily!

  5. Jake,
    I agree 100% with your intuitions. If you’ve visited the mywonderfulworld.org site, you may have seen the results of the 2006 Roper-National Geographic survey of geographic literacy which demonstrates, among other things, dismal place identification abilities among young Americans. Some have questioned the relevance of these map-based questions. I would argue that knowing the basics of where things are located is both reflective OF and important TO a deeper, ‘concrete’ understanding of world events, since spatial relationships MATTER in our global society. Maps, of course, come in handy to this end when moving beyond the basics to specific locations like towns in Kenya. Maps are just one of a number of ways that place is made concrete and put in context–my next post describes some other approaches in the Arts.
    I like your suggestion though–maybe we’ll start a campaign petitioning news outlets to increase their utilization of maps.

  6. Very cool site… I wish that major internet media outlets like CNN and MSNBC would use maps to accompany international and other relevant news stories. Having a sense of exactly where events are occurring increases your level of understanding, and in my opinion also makes it a lot more interesting. For example, while reading about some of the recent events in Kenya this morning, I pulled up the region on Google maps in another window, to get an idea of where some of the towns I had never heard of were, and where they were located relative to areas that I was familiar with.
    Maybe the apathetic attitudes that some people take towards events happening outside of their own “bubble” has something to do with the fact that if you can’t pinpoint exactly where places are, they seem abstract, and therefore… not so important? Just an thought…

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