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Jan 30, 2007

Washington Post Profiles National Geographic Cartographer

Today's Washington Post profiles Allen Carroll, chief cartographer for the National Geographic Society. Mr. Carroll tells the Post that as a child he actually wanted to be an architect. This despite the fact the he spent time looking at maps the way most kids read books, " never crossed my mind that I could make a living making maps." he said.

While a fairly interesting article, I have to take issue with the way the writer defines cartography with what would more properly be called geographic information systems, stating "cartographers ...are employed by all sorts of companies...People who run fast-food restaurants use maps to figure out where people are moving so they know the best place to open a store.