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Trends and concerns in digital cartography

Visvalingam, M.


M. Visvalingam


Digital cartography is the technology concerned with the construction and use of computer-based systems for the practice of cartography and its applications. The paper starts with a brief introduction to cartography and cartographic maps. It then provides an overview of some of the major trends and concerns in digital cartography. The subfields of visual and digital mapping are now well established and attention is being focused on more onerous activities, such as formal theorising about cartographic processes through automated production of maps; reliable and efficient management of integrated but changeable spatial databases; and, appropriate packaging of technology for geographical information systems. The paper also includes some comments on the contribution of CAD to cartography and on the not very well understood relationships between interactive cartography and the fast-growing, related disciplines of scientific visualization and geographical information systems.


Visvalingam, M. (1990). Trends and concerns in digital cartography. Computer aided design, 22(3), 115-130. doi:10.1016/0010-4485(90)90070-s

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 18, 1990
Online Publication Date Feb 27, 2003
Publication Date 1990-04
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Computer-aided design
Print ISSN 0010-4485
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 115-130
Keywords Digital cartography; Geographical information systems; Maps (geographical)
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Additional Information Copy of an article published in Computer-aided design, 1990, v.33 issue 3.


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