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Cole, Dan

GIS Coordinator & Chief Cartographer

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My expertise is in cartography, GIS, and remote sensing applications in a museum research environment.

Geographic Focus

Professional Biography

  • Daniel G. Cole is the GIS Coordinator and Chief Cartographer of the Smithsonian Institution (SI).  He has worked in this position since 1990, and since 1986 has served as the research cartographer at SI. He was the geographic editor of all manuscript chapters for the Handbook of North American Indians: compiled, designed, and supervised production of nearly all maps in the series published after 1986. His educational background consists of undergraduate (SUNY Albany) and masters (Michigan State Univ.) degrees, plus two years of post–Masters study (Oregon State Univ.), in geography with specializations in cartography and remote sensing. He co-edited, with the late Imre Sutton, Mapping Native America: Cartographic Interactions between Indigenous Peoples, Government and Academia, 3 vols., 2014. He has designed and created maps for multiple exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of American History, the Sackler Gallery of Asian Art, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Archives, and SI Travelling Exhibition Service. He also serves as GIS, cartographic and GPS consultant to other scientists, exhibit staff and illustrators both within the Smithsonian and other organizations. From June 2009 to June 2010, he was president of the Canadian Cartographic Association; and he is now the past president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS). On the side, he serves as a judge in the annual CaGIS Map Design competition.

Public Biography

  • Daniel G. Cole is the GIS Coordinator and Chief Cartographer of the Smithsonian Institution (SI).  He has worked in this position since 1990, and since 1986 has served as the research cartographer at SI. He was the geographic editor of all manuscript chapters for the Handbook of North American Indians: compiled, designed, and supervised production of nearly all maps in the series published after 1986. His educational background consists of undergraduate (SUNY Albany) and masters (Michigan State Univ.) degrees, plus two years of post–Masters study (Oregon State Univ.), in geography with specializations in cartography and remote sensing. He co-edited, with the late Imre Sutton, Mapping Native America: Cartographic Interactions between Indigenous Peoples, Government and Academia, 3 vols., 2014. He has designed and created maps for multiple exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of American History, the Sackler Gallery of Asian Art, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Archives, and SI Travelling Exhibition Service. He also serves as GIS, cartographic and GPS consultant to other scientists, exhibit staff and illustrators both within the Smithsonian and other organizations. From June 2009 to June 2010, he was president of the Canadian Cartographic Association; and he is now the past president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS). On the side, he serves as a judge in the annual CaGIS Map Design competition.