Lecture / Reading

Hands-On Mapping: The Story of a Blind Cartographer: Rumsey Map Center's 5th Anniversary Celebration

Sponsored by Stanford University Libraries, David Rumsey Map Center


Friday, April 23, 2021
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
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Event Details:

On the event of the fifth anniversary of the David Rumsey Map Center, please join us for a talk by special guest Dr. Joshua Miele who will talk about his story as a blind cartographer. 

Joshua will use the creation of TMAP – Tactile Maps Automated Production – to frame the broader landscape of how tactile maps and graphics can be used by blind people to understand many kinds of spatial information. He will discuss the power of touch as a spatial percept, as well as the design constraints on tactile representations that are surprising and challenging to most visual designers. Key topics include historical techniques for creating tactile maps, examples and counterexamples of tactile map use cases, and promising technologies for expanding the availability of accessible maps in the future. 

As we have been doing with many of our events this academic year, we are designing a keepsake to go with the talk and the anniversary celebration. The first 150 that register and attend the talk will receive the keepsake in the mail. In order for us to send it to you, please enter your mailing address when registering.

The talk will take place Friday, April 23, 2021 on Zoom and follows the schedule below:

3:00pm PDT: Zoom opens
3:15pm PDT: Talk by Joshua Miele, followed by Q&A.

Please register using this form.

Real-time captioning will be provided for this event. If you need any other disability-related accommodation, please contact the David Rumsey Map Center by email: rumseymapcenter@stanford.edu. Requests should be made by April 16.

Dr. Joshua Miele
 is a blind scientist, inventor, and community leader with decades of experience creating innovative accessibility solutions. In addition to tactile cartography, he has made contributions to mobile wayfinding tools, video description technologies, and accessible STEM education. He is currently a Principal Accessibility Researcher at Amazon and lives in Berkeley, California.