Purpose: application of the methodology of statistical map compilation, conceptual design of a map or map series, original research for mappable quantitative attribute data. You will have a topic and a geographical area. To help you with the acquisition of a basemap, I have provided a selection of drawings as a starting point. They are basemaps of Canada, Ontario, Ireland, India, Kenya, Nova Scotia (2), Alberta, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Africa. They will probably need editing to meet your requirements. Other options are: exporting base data from ArcView (as in Lab 3) or scanning and digitizing a map from another source. Please note that you will find it very difficult to digitize a sufficiently accurate and detailed outline of a complicated naturally bounded area so do not expect to do heads-up digitizing unless the area is a simple shape. You will need to select data which illustrate your topic, a statistical mapping method, the data classes (if the data are suitable for range-graded intervals), and the design options. Selecting appropriate data and method for communication of the relationships, or trends, you wish to show is key to the success of your map(s) and should be most carefully considered. Your maps will be produced in CorelDraw for both print and screen viewing. The print versions will be printed on the Xerox printer and the screen versions saved in cdr format. Accompany your maps with a brief explanatory text justifying your work in substantive and cartographic terms. The report must include a table of data and source information which will allow me able to verify your sources. Provide a rationale for the thematic method chosen and data classification scheme as well as the reasons for your specific design choices. 3. Select an appropriate method for depiction of your data and work out details of the data classification if any. This may involve several iterations to refine the design so that the map demonstrates interesting or important trends. Make notes or work up a manuscript for your map with details of your symbolization scheme, layout and design. At this stage, you may also set some specifications for production. 4. Create and refine the base map outline and add neatline and frame if appropriate (it may not be necessary to have both). Create appropriate layers for your map. 5. Add the symbolization for the thematic data overlay working from your notes and manuscript. This step may also involve some iterations as through trial and error, you create a satisfactory effect. Create a legend and refine the composition. Source.