Aside: Make Your Own Maps

For my own research, I make my own maps, usually creating them in Adobe Illustrator, where I create hand-drawn lines on top of commercially-available maps that I have downloaded (e.g., Google Maps), created through software applications (e.g., Topos), or scanned from paper. This is the only I have known to create a map that displayed the information I felt my reader needed and not too much more.

Turns out, there is another way to do this, perhaps, and it is to use [Open Street Maps][osm]. I am not entirely sure what all is involved, but I look forward to checking it out as soon as the revision of the aesthetics paper is done.