Theory and Practice

Edited by

  • D.R.F. Taylor, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

For generations, the map has been central to how societies function all over the world. Cybercartography is a new paradigm for maps and mapping in the information era. Defined as “the organization, presentation, analysis and communication of spatially referenced information on a wide variety of topics of interest to society,” cybercartography is presented in an interactive, dynamic, multisensory format with the use of multimedia and multimodal interfaces. Cybercartography: Theory and Practice examines the major elements of cybercartography and emphasizes the importance of interaction between theory and practice in developing a paradigm which moves beyond the concept of Geographic Information Systems and Geographical Information Science. It argues for the centrality of the map as part of an integrated information, communication, and analytical package.This volume is a result of a multidisciplinary team effort and has benefited from the input of partners from government, industry and other organizations. The international team reports on major original cybercartographic research and practice from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the humanities, social sciences including human factors psychology, cybernetics, English literature, cultural mediation, cartography, and geography. This new synthesis has intrinsic value for industries, the general public, and the relationships between mapping and the development of user-centered multimedia interfaces.
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Cartographers, software companies, geographers, psychologists


Book information

  • Published: January 2006
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51629-9

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsContributors1. The Theory and Practice of Cartography: An Introduction2. POMP and Circumstance: Plain Old Map Products in a Cybercartographic World3. Exploring the Concept of Cybercartography Using the Holonic Tenets of Integral Theory4. Cybercartography from a Modeling Perspective5. Cybercartography and Society6. Technology and Culture in Cybercartography7. The Cartographer as a Mediator: Cartographic Representation from Shared Geographic Information8. Cybercartography and the New Economy: Collaborative Research in Action9. Interface Design Challenges in Virtual Space10. Cognitive Theories and Aids to Support Navigation of Multimedia Information Space11. Cybercartography: A Multimodal Approach12. Art, Maps and Cybercartography: Stimulating Reflexivity Among Map-Users13. Mapping Play: What Cybercartographers Can Learn from Popular Culture14. Linking Geographical Facts with Cartographic Artifacts15. Pervasive Public Map Displays16. TeleCatography: A New Means of GeoCommunication17. Sound Maps: Music and Sound in Cybercartography18. Interactive Mapping for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired19. Exploring Conceptual Landscapes: The Design and Implementation of the Georgia Basin Digital Library20. The Development of the Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica21. Cybercartography for Education: The Case of the Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica22. Applying a Cybercartographic Human Interface (CHI) Model to Create a Cybercartographic Atlas of Canada's Trade with the World23. Remaining Challenges and the Future of CybercartographySubject Index