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Kindergarten Lessons for Cartography

May 21st, 2012

Inspired by Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten:

  • Repetition¬†is key to learning.
  • Don’t be afraid to make a mess. But clean it up at some point.
  • No throwing your map, whether it is finished or not.
  • If you make up a new way to map or create data, share it.
  • You can build on an idea that’s not yours if you modify enough that it becomes yours.
  • Take a nap if your first attempts fail. A well-rested mind may be just the ticket.
  • If you are still stuck, ask a pal for help.
  • Learn from others sometimes, make up your own solutions other times.
  • Don’t let the loud-mouths/critics get you down.
  • Don’t put things where they don’t go: the spatial accuracy police is¬†omnipotent.
  • When you are finally finished and satisfied with the results, go ahead and pat yourself on the back.

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