ITS OKEY TO BE A CARTOGRAPHER


 

The enormous relevance of the ever growing amount of data and geoinformation can only be ‘unleashed’ when it becomes accessible to human user. This means trying to packageImage

it in such a way that allows it to be perceived, digested and used and thus communicated simply.

Maps are most successful at being the interface between spatial data and human users. They introduce order into information based on spatial attributes, they engage to explore, they tell stories, they help us to position ourselves in a particular topic by showing entities and their relationship.

Without this contribution human would somehow ‘spatially blind’.Maps enable us to answer space related question.Maps can be used to support spatial behavior. Cartography is clearly in order to enable spatial thinking, spatial planning, spatial reasoning or decision making and most successful and powerful instrument to enable spatial awareness.

1. Cartography is relevant

2. Cartography is attractive

3. Cartography is highly contemporary.

 

(By ICA president, prof.Georg Gartner in 26th international cartographic conference, Germany)

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