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Team Stories: Symon Porteous

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of Lovell Johns, we thought it would be a great idea for you to get to know more about the staff, and their background. Therefore, we have decided to run a series of team stories, which will help you to better understand the history of Lovell Johns, and the individuals that make the company what it is. Unlike many of my colleagues I don’t have a background in mapping or Geographic Information Systems and really only thought about maps when in need of a Road Atlas. I completed a 4 year BA (Hons) Business Studies Degree in Sheffield, then after a quick stint back home in Newcastle, took the plunge by heading down South for a job in Sales. This move took me to work for … Read entire article »

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Team Stories: Louisa Keyworth

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of Lovell Johns, we thought it would be a great idea for you to get to know more about the staff, and their background. Therefore, we have decided to run a series of team stories, which will help you to better understand the history of Lovell Johns, and the individuals that make the company what it is. My mapping story begins when I was studying for A levels at school in Woking. I had a particular interest in drawing maps as part of the Geography syllabus and was surprised to be advised that there were actual jobs where I could do this all day! A discussion with the careers advisor pointed me in the direction of an HND in Cartography and Surveying at Kingston … Read entire article »

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5 Lovell Johns’ projects which highlight how GIS & web mapping have changed

1. World a la Carte Database In 1994, Lovell Johns began working on a world GIS database named ‘World a la Carte’. Using new GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology meant that the company could use a central spatial database as a source for different map products. GIS gave the company the flexibility to use the same spatial database to create a world map or regional atlas pages using different map projections and scales. Lovell Johns used a mixture of software, including Intergraph’s MicroStation and an early version of Esri’s ArcInfo. These systems were essentially used as a cartographic database maintenance and production tool. At this time is was not possible to manipulate large scanned files in GIS, so large digitising tablets were used to trace information from plotted sheets. 2. Interactive Flash … Read entire article »

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Team Stories: Wil Adnams

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of Lovell Johns, we thought it would be a great idea for you to get to know more about the staff, and their background. Therefore, we have decided to run a series of team stories, which will help you to better understand the history of Lovell Johns, and the individuals that make the company what it is. I’ve always had an interest in maps, especially the classic Ordnance Survey maps and the way they represent the British countryside. So when I spotted a higher education course on ‘Cartography’ at Oxford Brookes University, I thought ‘Great….the outdoors and lots of field trips!’. I applied to mix the course with computing. This was with half an eye on more realistic vocation, as I had had some … Read entire article »

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Team Stories: Liz Murray

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of Lovell Johns, we thought it would be a great idea for you to get to know more about the staff, and their background. Therefore, we have decided to run a series of team stories, which will help you to better understand the history of Lovell Johns, and the individuals that make the company what it is. I’m often asked how I ended up working for a mapping company and the simple answer is just by chance. However, Lovell Johns quickly became more to me than just another company to work for. I completed a degree in Criminology at Lancaster University in 2000, just before the internet started being used widely and when essay researching still involved carrying 10 books back to the halls of … Read entire article »

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Team Stories: David Stephens

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of Lovell Johns, we thought it would be a great idea for you to get to know more about the staff, and their backgrounds. Therefore, we have decided to run a series of team stories, which will help you to better understand the history of Lovell Johns, and the individuals that make the company what it is. As a teenager growing up in Blackpool, my interest in computers was mostly driven from playing arcade games like Galaxian and watching films like TRON with its early computer graphics. I chose to do a degree in Computer Science at Oxford Brookes, however, this was a modular degree and we were encouraged to chose a joint subject to study. One of the options was cartography and since I … Read entire article »

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Lovell Johns – A History of Cartography

The early history of cartography can be traced back many millennia to early cave paintings in Greece and Babylonia. The first identified world map is from circa 600BC, the Imago Mundi or Babylonian Map of the World and is on display in the British Museum. Production methods have moved on since the manufacture of clay tablets, but the last 50 years has seen probably the greatest change in the history of cartography. Britain has always been at the forefront of cartographic production and Lovell Johns is proud to play a prominent role in the history of cartography in this country. Lovell Johns was founded in 1965, when the Historic Towns Trust approached Colonel Henry Johns to produce a set of maps for their city atlases. The company was set up to meet this … Read entire article »

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UK General Election 2015 – Likely Marginals

With the UK General Election just over a week away, Lovell Johns thought that it would be fitting to create a map to help to visualise and further our knowledge of where the election outcome may be decided. The map was created using data from Election Forecast to show the likely marginals across Great Britain. This data isn’t based on the percentage swing needed for a constituency to change hands, but instead on where election forecasters are unsure which party will win a constituency. There’s a major element of uncertainty in this General Election, and the public are asking themselves if one party will secure enough votes to win by an overall majority, or whether some form of relationship is to be formed between multiple parties. The map has to be taken with … Read entire article »

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Historical Maps – Uses and Changes to Cartographic Production

2015-2016 has been designated International Map Year and will celebrate the history of cartography. Lovell Johns also marks 50 years of cartographic production in 2015, so this seems an appropriate point to reflect on the genre of historical mapping. Historical mapping may be described as images which show a particular event or time in the past, or just a contemporary map from a specific point in time, showing land use and settlement patterns as recorded at that point. Researchers and academics may use historical maps to show movements of peoples, ancient boundaries or how a modern landscape interacts with the older underlying detail. Family history enthusiasts may have an interest in how an area looked at a certain time in the past, particularly to compare with a newer pattern. Lovell Johns’ own … Read entire article »

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The Impartial Cartographer and Disputed Territories

The use of geographic names on maps has been a contentious issue since the first maps were produced – local variants are present in all parts of the globe and surveyors and cartographers have long attempted to standardise names and to provide consistency in naming conventions. Political sensitivity and local bias all play a part in the accurate definition of place and feature names. Having been in the business of making maps for 50 years, Lovell Johns’ cartographers are all very aware of the issues when choosing what name to place on a map. These are some of the factors that we have to be aware of when making these key decisions. Common familiarity There are occasions where an older, more commonly known version of a name is still referenced for familiarity and … Read entire article »

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