Profile: Fraser Taylor FRSC
Profile: Fraser Taylor FRSC
Fraser Taylor FRSC - Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre
Professor Taylor received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Edinburgh and did postgraduate work at the University of London and Harvard University. Currently he is Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, and in International Affairs. As well, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2013 he was awarded the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal by the International Cartographic Association and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Killam Prize in the Social Sciences. The Killam prizes are the most prestigious academic awards in Canada.
Professor Taylor’s main research interests are in the application of geospatial information management to the analysis of key socio-economic problems in a national and international context and the presentation of the results in innovative new cartographic forms. He introduced and continues to develop the new paradigm of cybercartography. His interests in cartography and international development issues are often inter-related. He has extensive field experience in developing nations, especially in Africa, which included a six year period as an education officer in rural Kenya where he completed his Ph.D. thesis on Rural Development in Murang’a District. His research interests in this area include: development studies with special reference to Africa, China and Latin America; regional and rural development theory and practice sustainable development and indigenous development strategies; technology transfer in the field of geomatics; Canada’s international policies in ODA; and technology transfer. Current research includes the use of cybercartography to create a series of atlases with Inuit and other aboriginal peoples in Canada’s north. Current funded research projects include: a Canada Foundation of Innovation Infrastructure grant and a grant from the Ontario Leading Edge Initiative Fund for a project entitled A Distributed Data Management Infrastructure for Indigenous Knowledge Research with Inuit and First Nations; a SSHRC Connection grant entitled The technological and intellectual property issues around the repatriation of Inuit knowledge from a foreign museum using the Nunaliit Cybercartographic Framework; a SSHRC Insight Grant entitled Residential Schools Land Mapping Project; an Ontario Brain Institute funded project called Consulting and Development Services to Implement a Mapping System; a Kitikmeot Heritage Society funded project entitled Thule Atlas and Photosphere Functionality and a Sahtu Renewable Resources Board funded project called Data Management Project Online Spatial Data Viewer; and an Aurora Geosciences project entitled Database System for Permafrost data. Professor Taylor is also a co-applicant for the following grants: A UBC led SSHRC Development Grant entitled OceanCanada; a McGill University led SSHRC Development grant entitled An Impactful Multidimensional Partnership for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Social Innovators’ Integration Lab.
Taylor, D. R. F, (ed.) and Lauriault, T. P. (associate ed.). (2014). Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Taylor, D. R. F. (ed.) (2005). Cybercartography: Theory and Practice, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Book Series Editor
Taylor, D. R. F., General Editor, Series on Modern Cartography including:
Volume 6: Casti, Emanuella (2015 in press). Reflexive Cartography: A New Perspective on Mapping, Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Taylor, D. R. F. (2014). Some Recent Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping: Introduction, Chapter in (Taylor, D. R. F and Lauriault, T.P. (associate ed) Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1-13.
Taylor, D. R. F.; Cowan, C.; Ljubicic, G. and Sullivan, S. (2014). Cybercartography for Education: The Application of Cybercartography to Teaching and Learning in Nunavut, Canada. Chapter 20 in (Taylor, D. R. F (ed) and Lauriault, T.P. (associate ed.) Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 298-324
Scassa, T.; Engler, N.; Taylor, D. R. F. (2014). Cybercartography and Volunteered Geographic Information, Chapter 4 in Taylor, D. R. F. (ed) and Lauriault, T.P. (associate ed.) Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 43-57.
Ljubicic, G.; Pulsifer, P.L.; Hayes, A.; Taylor, D. R. F. (2014). The Creation of the Inuit siku (Sea Ice) Atlas. In Taylor, D. R. F. (ed) and Lauriault, T.P. (associate ed) Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 201 -218.
Scassa, T.; Lauriault, T.P.; Taylor, D. R. F. (2014). Cybercartography and Traditional Knowledge: Responding to Legal and Ethical Challenges. Taylor, D. R. F. (ed) and Lauriault, T.P. (associate ed) Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 191-295.
Lauriault, T.P; Taylor, D. R. F. (2014). The Preservation and Archiving of Geospatial Data and Cybercartography as a Proactive Process. In (Taylor, D. R. F and Lauriault, T.P. Associate ed) Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 326-342.
Taylor, D. R. F.; Lauriault, T. P. (2014). Conclusion. In (Taylor, D. R. F and Lauriault, T.P. Associate ed) Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mapping. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 343-350.
Taylor, D. R. F. (2013). Design of Maps for Telidon: Interactive Design of Maps Revisited. Chapter in (Wellar, Barry, E.) AutoCarto Retrospective. A Commemorative Book Celebrating the Sixth International Symposium on Automated Cartography. International Perspectives on Achievements and Challenges held Oct 16-21, 1983, p. 86-90. http://wellar.ca/wellarconsulting/ (accessed November 18, 2003).
Pulsifer, P. L., Laidler, G., Taylor, D. R. F., Hayes, A. (2010). Creating an Online Cybercartography Atlas of Indigenous Ice Knowledge and Use. In Igor Krupnik, Claudio Aporta, Shari Gearheard, Lene Kielsen Holm and Gita Laidler (eds.). SIKU: Arctic Residents Document Sea Ica and Climate Change (International Polar Year Project #166). Springer, Berlin, 235-260.
Lauriault, T.P., Pulsifer, P.L. and Taylor, D.R.F., 2010. The preservation and archiving of geospatial digital data: challenges and opportunities for cartographers. In Jobst, ed. Archiving in digital cartography and geoinformation. Berlin: Springer.
Taylor, D. R. F., 2009. Global Map: International Cooperation in the Mapping Sciences in Sinha, E. A., Gundersen, L., Jackson, I, Arctur, D. K. (eds). Societal Challenges and Geoinformatics, Geological Society of America Press.
Pulsifer, P. L., Hayes, A., Fiset, J-P., Taylor, D. R. Fraser, 2008. An Open Source Development Framework in Support of Cartographic Integration in Peterson, M. (ed.). International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2008, pp. 165-183.
Lauriault, T.P.; Taylor, D. R. F.; Pulsifer, P. L., 2008. Will Today’s Maps be Available Tomorrow: How Action Research is Leading to the Preservation of the Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica..In Peterson M. (ed.) International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet, Berlin Heidelberg :Springer, 2008, 417-437.
Lauriault, T.P. and Taylor, D.R.F., 2007. Geospatial Data Infrastructure for Sustainable Development in East Timor, in Research and Theory in Advancing Data Spatial Infrastructures Concepts, Harlan Onsrud (ed.), ESRI, 175-199.
Edited Special Issues of Scholarly Journals
Yang, C., Nebert, D., Taylor, D. R. F. (guest editors). 2010. Special Issues on Geospatial Cyberinfrastructures and Polar Science, Computer and Geosciences.
Aporta, A., Laidler, G. and Taylor, D.R.F.(guest eds.), 2010. Special Issue of the Canadian Geographer on the Inuit Use of Sea Ice, 54 (3).
Caquard, S. and Taylor, D. R. F. (guest eds.), 2009. Special Issue of the British Cartographic Journal entitled Cinematic Cartography, 46 (1)
Taylor, D. R. F. and Caquard, S. (guest editors) (2006). Special Issue: Cybercartography, Cartographica , 41(1), 100.
Articles in Scholarly Journals
Pyne, Stephanie A. and Taylor, D. R. Fraser (2015 accepted), Cybercartography, Transitional Justice and the Residential Schools Legacy, Geomatica, 69 (1): 75-81
Pyne, S. and Taylor, D. R. Fraser (2015 accepted). Cybercartography and Relational Development, International Journal of Cartography.
Scassa, T. and D, R. Fraser Taylor (2014). Intellectual Property Law and Geospatial Information: Some Challenges, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Journal special issue on Analysis of Intellectual Property Issues, 6 (1): pp. 79-88.
Taylor, D. R. F. (2014). New chapter in the development of CentroGeo. GEOcibernetica, 1 (1), 6 pages. http://www.geocibernetica.org/journal/index.php/diciembre-2012/resumen-2012-01
Byam, A. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2013). New ways of mapping Inuit place and feature names. MCoS (International Map Collectors’ Society) Journal, Summer (June), 133: 33-37.
Taylor, D. R. F. (May 2013). Fifty Years of cartography: Some Personal Reflections, The Cartographic Journal, 50th Anniversary Special Issue May 2013, 50 (2): 187-191.
Scassa, T., Engler, N. J., & Taylor, D. R. F. (2015). Legal issues in mapping traditional knowledge: Digital cartography in the Canadian north. The Cartographic Journal., 52(1): 41-50.
Engler, N., Scassa, T., & Taylor, D. R. F. (2013). Mapping traditional knowledge: Digital cartography in the Canadian north. Cartographica., (September) 48 (3): 189-199. Online version published Thursday, September 12 at
Taylor, D. R. F. (May 2013). Fifty Years of cartography: Some Personal Reflections, The Cartographic Journal, 50th Anniversary Special Issue May 2013,50 (2): 187-191.
Taylor, D. R. Fraser (2013). “Preface” in Yaro (ed.). Rural Development in Northern Ghana, African Geographical Review. New York: Nova Science PublishersTaylor, D. R. F. (2013). Fifty years of cartography. The Cartographic Journal, 50 (2) 187-191.
Taylor, D.R. F. (2012). A New Chapter in the development of CentroGeo, GeoCybernetica, 1(1), December,www.geocybernetics.org/journal/index.php/diciembre-2012/resumen.2012-01, accessed December 24, 2012.
Engler, N. J., Scassa, T., & Taylor, D. R. F. (2013). Mapping traditional knowledge: Digital cartography in the Canadian north. Cartographica. 47:92-104.
Scassa, T., Engler, N. J., & Taylor, D. R. F. (2013). Legal issues in mapping traditional knowledge: Digital cartography in the Canadian north. The Cartographic Journal.Pyne, S. and
Taylor, D. R. F. (2012). Mapping Indigenous Perspectives in the Making of the Cybercartographic Atlas of the Lake Huron Treaty Relationship Process: A Performance Approach in a Reconciliation Context. Cartographica Special issue on Indigenous Cartography and Counter Mapping, 47 (2): 92-104.
Yang, C., Nebert, D. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2011). Establishing a Sustainable and Cross-boundary Geospatial Infrastructure to enable Polar Research. Computers and Geosciences, 37, 11. 1721-1726
Brauen G, Pyne S, Hayes, A., Fiset J.P., Taylor D. R. F. (2011). Encouraging transdisciplinary participation using an open source cybercartographic toolkit: The atlas of the Lake Huron Treaty relationship process. Geomatica 65(1):27–45,
Pulsifer, P.L., Laidler, G. J.; Taylor, D. R. F., Hayes, A. (2011). Towards an indigenist data management program: reflections on experiences developing an atlas of sea ice knowledge and use. Canadian Geographer special issue on the Inuit Sea Ice and Occupancy Project, 55(1): 108-124.
Taylor, D.R.F. and Pyne, S., 2009. The history and development of the theory and practice of cybercartography. International Journal of Digital Earth, online at http://www.informaworld.com first published October 27. Printed version March 2010, 3(1):1-14.
Jackson, M.J, Schell, D. and Taylor, D. R. F., 2009. Revising the concept of national spatial data infrastructure. GIS Professional, Issue 30, October: 28-30
Jackson, M.J, Schell, D. and Taylor, D. R. F., 2009. National spatial data infrastructures – coordinating framework or battleground for the management of geospatial data. GIS Professional, 28, June, 20-23.
Caquard, S., Pyne, S, Igloliote, H., Mierins, K., Hayes, A., and Taylor, D.R.F., 2009. A “Living” Atlas for Geospatial Storytelling: The Cybercartographic Atlas of Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge of the Great Lakes Region. Cartographica 44 (2): 83-100.
Caquard, S. and Taylor, D. R. F., 2009. What is Cinematic Cartography? The Cartographic Journal, 46(1): 5-8.
Articles in Conference Proceedings
Taylor, D.R.F. 2013. The Multiple Dimensions of Cartography: 4D Cartography and More. Keynote presentation to CIGMA 2013 (Geography and Environment International Conference) Mexico City, October 8, 2013. //cigma2013.mx/es/ponentes/ (accessed 22 November 2012).
Scassa, T., Taylor, D. R. F. , Lauriault, T.P. and Engler, N. (2013). Ethical Mapping of Traditional Knowledge through Template Licenses, AAG Annual Conference, April 13.
Lauriault, T.P. and D. R. F. Taylor, 2012, The Map as a Fundamental Source in the Memory of the World, UNESCO Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation Conference, Vancouver, B,C. Luciana Duranti and Elizabeth Shaffer (eds.) Conference Proceedings, UNESCO Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation Conference, Vancouver, B.C. available from http://www.unesco.org/webworld/download/mow/mow_vancouver_proceedings_en.pdf [March 20, 2013].
Anderson, W.L.; Faundeen, J.L., Greenberg, J; Taylor, D. R. F., 2011. Metadata for Data Rescue and Data at Work. Proceedings of PV2011, Toulouse, France, 15-17 November 2011.
Taylor, D.R.F., 2011. Creating a New International Map of the World: The Global Map Experience, 25th International Cartographic Conference, Paris, France, July 3-8, ICC Proceedings, Memory Stick, ID CO-411.
Brauen, G., Pyne, S., Hayes, A., Fiset, J.P., Taylor, D.R.F. (2011). Encouraging Interdisciplinary Participation in Atlas Projects Using an Open Source Cybercartographic toolkit: The Atlas of the Lake Huron Treaty Relationship Process, 25th International Cartographic Conference, Paris, France, July 3-8, ICC Proceedings, memory stick, ID CO-433.
Taylor, D. R. F., 2010. Access to and Interoperability of Geospatial Data. Presentation to CentroGEO and INEGI, Mexico City, January 20. CD-ROM.
Taylor, D.R.F., 2009. A Tool for Natural Disaster Mitigation for Asia and Pacific Regions, Presentation to United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, October, 26. E/CONF.100/IP.2, pp. 11.
Lauriault, T. P. and Taylor, D. R. F. (2009). Pilot Cybercartographic Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness, City of Ottawa, September 1.
Taylor, D. R. F., 2009. Global Mapping: A tool for natural disaster mitigation. United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas (UNRCC), New York, August 10-14. E/CONF.99/IP.7, 11 p.
Pulsifer, Peter L., Nickels, Scot, Tomlinson, Scott, Laidler, Gita, Aporta, Claudio, Taylor, D.R. Fraser, Hayes, Amos, (2009). Documenting Inuit Knowledge Using Distributed Information and Multimedia Interfaces: Knowledge Preservation and Sharing through Partnership. Presentation by Peter L. Pulsifer to GeoNorth 2009 Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska, 4 – 6 August.
Pulsifer, P. L., Laidler, G, Taylor, D. R. F. and Hayes 2008). A Representing Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use for Education and Outreach: Creating an IPY Legacy Using Emerging Data Management Strategies., Arctic Change, Quebec City.
Taylor, D. R. F., 2 008. Maps, Mapping and Society: Some Recent Developments, Global Map Forum 2008, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. GSI Japan: CD-ROM.
Pulsifer, P. L., Laidler, G, Taylor, D. R. F. and Hayes, A Geospatial Data as a Public Commodity, Proceedings of Map Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 8-10, 2008, CD-ROM.
Taylor, D. R. F., 2008. Global Map Specifications, presentation to GSDI-10 Conference, Trinidad, February 25, CD-ROM.
Taylor, D. R. F. (2011). Cybercartography in the 21st Century in conversation with Alexander Wolodtschenko and Florian Hruby, Theoretical Cartography, Vol. 4, meta-carto-semiotics.org/index.php?pages=current-4, accessed February 24, 2012.
The Young Blood of Geomatics: First Person: D. R. Fraser Taylor, article about D. R. F. Taylor in Geospatial World, 1 June, 2011.
Taylor, D. R. F. “Time to Create Cyber Cooperation in Canadian Arctic”, The Hill Times, No. 1064, Monday, November 15, page 40. Also firstname.lastname@example.org accessed November 15, 2010.
Jackson, M.J;, D.; and Taylor, D. R. F., 2009. Reinventing NSDI in India: A Place-based Technological Strategy to Respond to India’s Needs, Geospatial Today Market Report 2009, November, 124-127.
Jackson, M., Schell, D., and Taylor, D. R. F., 2009. The Evolution of Geospatial Technology Calls for Changes in Geospatial Research, Education and Government Management, Top story in Directions Magazine, April 6,2009. http://www.directionsmag.com/author.php?author_id=568, accessed April 13, 2009.
Taylor, D.R.F., 2008. Global Map Specifications, article in Outreach Newsletter for ISO/TC 211, 2008.
Schell, D. and Taylor, D.R.F., 2008. The Science of Interoperability. Coordinates, Vol. 4, Issue 3, March, 18-20.
- Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Association of African Studies for fifteen years and served two terms as President of the Canadian Cartographic Association. Also served on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and member of the editorial boards for several learned journals. Vice President of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) from 1984-97, President from 1987-1995 and Past President in 1996. Also held the position of President of the International Union for Surveys and Mapping from 1989 to 1993.
- Member of the GEOSS Task Force on Date Sharing
- Member of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Global Advisory Council
- Chair, International Steering Committee for Global Mapping, 2003-2013
- Member, CODATA Working Group on Data at Risk
- Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information Processing
2014 Awarded Killam Prize for the Social Sciences. This is one of the most prestigious national awards given in Canada.
2013 Awarded the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) at the August 29 Plenary Session of the ICA Conference in Dresden. This highest award of ICA which honours cartographers of outstanding merit who have made significant contributions of an original nature to the field of cartography.
2012 Received the Canadian Award for Environmental Innovation from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and 3M Canada to recognize outstanding individuals in business, government, academia or community organizations whose innovative contributions to environmental change are benefiting Canada and Canadians.
2008 Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation for Contributions to the Development of Geomatics in Mexico presented by Centro de Investigacion en Geografia y Geomatics “Ing. Jorge L. Tamayo”, A.C., CONACYT, Mexico City, 20081988 Honorary Life Membership, Canadian Association of African Studies
Recent Graduate Supervisions
Pyne, Stephanie (Geography): Sound of the Drum, Energy of the Dance – Making the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas the Anishinaabe way. Entered Sept. 2005. Completed November 20, 2013.
Lauriault, Tracey (Geography): Data, Infrastructures and Geographic Imagination: Mapping Data Access Discourses in Canada, completed 2012.
Brauen, H.Glenn. (Nov 2011) (thesis – Geography) Toward Interactive Audiovisual Cartography: Motivations, Design Strategies and Methods
Pulsifer, Peter L. (May 2008) (thesis – Geography). An Ontological Exploration of Antarctic Environmenta Governance: Towards a Model for Geographic Information Mediation.
Mansy, Tamer (2008) (thesis-Geography). The Role of Local People and Indigenous Knowledge in the Implementation of a Participatory Development Approach in Siwa Oasis, Egypt.
Eddy, Brian (September 1, 2006) (thesis-Geography). The Use of Maps and Map Metaphors for Integration in Geography: A Case Study in Mapping Indicators of Sustainability and Wellbeing.
Omar Bani-Taha, MA, (thesis, Human-Computer Interaction) entered September 2013. Thesis topic: Investigating the Potential of Tabletop Natural User Interfaces Tools in Improving the Nunaliit Cybercartographic Atlas Framework (Defense May 4, 2015)
Amelie Byam (thesis, Geography). Inuit Place Names, 2013.
Hayne, Kara (thesis, Geography) Applying GIS to program performance measurement and evaluation: The case of children’s community-based public health promotion programs, May 2013.
Sophia Miah, completed 2009 (Geography) “Improving Standards in Bahamian High Schools: Using Geographic Information Systems as a Pedagogical Tool
Munoz Gocern, Enrique (thesis, Centro de Investigación en Geografía y Geomática “Ing Jorge L. Tamayo”, A.C. (CentroGeo), Mexico City), co-supervisor with Dra. Maria del Carmen Reyes Guerrero. El Papel de la Cibercartografia en la Elaboración de Políticas Públicas Territoriale, 2006.
Wilson, Emily (Geography, thesis, completed December 19, 2005). Gendered Geographies and Participatory Processes – Mapping Natural Resource Use with Wapichan Women in Southern Guyana