Thematic Cartography for the Society
Thematic cartography is one of the most communicative branches of science. It is a large part of cartography focusing on natural phenomena, and social, political, and economic issues, combining visualisation and exploration methods, and targeting and supporting different groups of users. It opens opportunities for the geoinformation society to show its irreplaceable and unique role as the backbone of the information/knowledge based society. It is a tool for decision making and is one of the most suitable ways to show the results of geospatial analysis in a readable visualisation manner. Thematic cartography can support many different disciplines by presenting the knowledge that is obtained from the processing of geoinformation data. Such knowledge transfer is made through maps or cartographical products which gather, manipulate, analyse and visualise information extracted from geodata. Thematic cartography is not simply mapping, but a process which provides users with greater knowledge, in the form of cartographic products: 2D and 3D maps and models of the reality, animations, interactive and web-accessed maps.
In the last decade a broad discussion was initiated about the importance of the user and the need to move from product-oriented to user-oriented cartography. The advances in computer science, computer graphics, machine-human interaction, web and mobile technology have convincingly shown that digital application can be tailored to the needs of the user. Thematic cartography is one of the spatial presentation tools which has long traditions in this direction. Combining newly available technologies with the strength of cartographic theory and practice will allow fast development of user-oriented products in contracts to the traditional application- oriented products. This book provides evidence of how thematic cartography can be used in various areas of society.
The chapters of this book are organised in five parts as follows: User-Friendly Internet and Web Cartography; User-oriented Map Design and Production; Context-Oriented Cartographic Visualisation; Sensing Technologies and their Integration in Maps; Cartography in Education.
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