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Advances in Cartography and GIScience of the ICA
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Articles | Volume 3
29 Nov 2021
 | 29 Nov 2021

Definition of the Map

Miljenko Lapaine, Terje Midtbø, Georg Gartner, Temenoujka Bandrova, Tao Wang, and Jie Shen

Keywords: map definition, mapping, cartography, cartographer

Abstract. Cartography has undergone great changes in the last 40 years. Many web platforms and location-based services are offering increasing opportunities, paper maps have been largely supplemented by multimedia and digital maps, and spatial databases. The definition of a map has changed throughout history and the differences in their definitions are presented. This paper aims for new central cartographic definitions, corresponding to contemporary cartographic development after presenting the current situation of the topic. Definitions of cartographic mapping, cartography and cartographer are proposed, as well as a new definition of the map. All they are made on the base of logical analyses including different types of maps from traditional and real to virtual, 3D, animation, and digital.

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