Series: International Cartographic Association

Announcing forthcoming titles:
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The International Cartographic Association (ICA), a non-governmental organisation, was founded in 1959 and is the world scientific body for cartography. It has in excess of 80 member nations and some 15 affiliate members. Every two years the international conference provides the most up-to-date view of world cartography and its developments.

More than 250 cartographic experts from across the world are members of the ICA's 15 Commissions and Working Groups. These are concerned with the initiation and coordination of relevant research involving cooperation between different nations, the exchange of ideas and documents, the furtherance of education and training, and the encouragement of the spreading of cartographic knowledge through the generation of relevant publications.

A principal aim of the ICA is the study of cartographic problems. In particular it is concerned with the processing of source materials, and the design, construction and reproduction techniques used to produce maps, and associated forms of graphic communications, by either manual or computerised means. To this end it cooperates with different branches of geodetic, geographic and other scientific research.

The ICA is a network across which much information circulates. Communications media have an important role, and developments in electronics and computer technology have made cartographic information exchange (in a variety of forms) easier, more direct, faster and accessible to an ever growing audience.

ICA titles in print reflect the state of professional cartography from an international perspective, and provide information on the application of new and developing technologies. Definitive volumes relate to different types of published mapping (topographic, thematic and oceanographic) at a variety of scales and intended for diverse uses. Relevant applications of remotely sensed imagery and information technology during map generation are discussed, as are the international needs for the implementation of spatial database transfer standards, together with clearly set-out and potentially applicable policies for the future.

The team of authors responsible for the preparation of volumes in the series are all acknowledged experts in specialist areas of mapping science. They have freely contributed their time and efforts to the ICA in order to provide members of the global community with information pertaining to best practices in cartography.
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Book Series: Generalisation of Geographic Information

Most recent volume

Volume . Generalisation of Geographic Information

Published: 4th April 2007 Editors: William A. Mackaness Anne Ruas L. Tiina Sarjakoski

Theoretical and Applied Solutions in Multi Scale Mapping

Users have come to expect instant access to up-to-date geographical information, with global coverage--presented at widely varying levels of detail, as digital and paper products; customisable data that can readily combined with other geographic information. These requirements present an immense challenge to those supporting the delivery of such services (National Mapping Agencies (NMA), Government Departments, and private business. Generalisation of Geographic Information: Cartographic Modelling and Applications provides detailed review of state of the art technologies associated with these challenges, including the most recent developments in cartometric analysis techniques able to support high levels of automation among multi scale derivation techniques.

The book illustrates the application of these ideas within existing and emerging technologies. In addition to providing a comprehensive theoretical underpinning, the book demonstrates how theoretical developments have translated into commercial systems deployed within NMAs.

The book explores relevance of open systems in support of collaborative research and open source web based map services.

Additional volumes

World Spatial Metadata Standards

Published: 8th November 2005 Editors: Harold Moellering H.J. Aalders Aaron Crane

Exploring Geovisualization

Published: 10th February 2005 Authors: J. Dykes A.M. MacEachren M.-J. Kraak

Maps and the Internet

Published: 24th October 2003 Editor: M.P. Peterson

Spatial Database Transfer Standards 2: Characteristics for Assessing Standards and Full Descriptions of the National and International Standards in the World

Published: 3rd July 1997 Authors: H. Moellering R. Hogan

Elements of Spatial Data Quality

Published: 8th November 1995 Editors: S.C. Guptill J.L. Morrison

Eastern Europe, Asia, Oceania and Antarctica

Published: 17th September 1993 Authors: R. Böhme R W Anson

South America, Central America and Africa

Published: 16th December 1991 Editor: Rolf Bohme

Spatial Database Transfer Standards

Published: 7th August 1991 Editor: H. Moellering

Western Europe, North America and Australasia

Published: 23rd August 1989 Author: Rolf Bohme

Cartography Past, Present and Future

Published: 15th August 1989 Editors: D.W. Rhind D.R.F. Taylor

Thematic Mapping from Satellite Imagery

Published: 27th July 1988 Editor: J. Denègre