Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography

Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography

Applications and Indigenous Mapping

2nd Edition - December 17, 2013

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  • Editor: D.R.F. Taylor
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444627131
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444627179

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Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography—awarded an Honorable Mention in Earth Science at the Association of American Publishers' 2015 PROSE Awards—examines some of the recent developments in the theory and practice of cybercartography and the substantial changes which have taken place since the first edition published in 2005. It continues to examine 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 (GIS) and Geographical Information Science.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.The seven major elements of cybercartography outlined in the first edition have been supplemented by six key ideas and the definition of cybercartography has been extended and expanded. The new practice of mapping traditional knowledge in partnership with indigenous people has led to new theoretical understanding as well as innovative cybercartographic atlases. Featuring more than 90% new and revised content, this volume is a result of a multidisciplinary team effort and has benefited from the input of partners from government, industry and aboriginal non-governmental organizations.

Key Features

  • Honorable Mention in the the 2015 PROSE Awards in Earth Science from the Association of American Publishers
  • Highlights the relationship between cybercartography and critical geography
  • Incorporates several new cybercartographic atlases produced in cooperation with Inuit and First Nations groups
  • Showcases legal, ethical, consent and policy implications of mapping local and traditional knowledge
  • Features an interactive companion web site containing links to related sites, additional color images and illustrations, plus important information to capture the dynamic and interactive elements of cybercartography:


Cartographers, software companies, geographers, psychologists

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Editor’s Biography

    List of Contributors

    Chapter 1. Some Recent Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications in Indigenous Mapping: An Introduction


    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 The Elements of Cybercartography

    1.3 Definition of Cybercartography

    1.4 New Practice

    1.5 New Theory

    1.6 New Design Challenges

    1.7 Relationships with Art and the Humanities

    1.8 Multisensory Research

    1.9 Preservation and Archiving

    1.10 Legal and Ethical Issues

    1.11 Education

    1.12 Conclusion


    Chapter 2. From Cybercartography to the Paradigm of Geocybernetics: A Formal Perspective


    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 A Metatheory for Geocybernetics

    2.3 Formalizing Geocybernetics: An Attempt

    2.4 Qualitative Scientific Prose as a Formal Element

    2.5 The Role of Visual Language in Geocybernetics

    2.6 Final Comments



    Chapter 3. Geocybernetics as a Tool for the Development of Transdisciplinary Frameworks


    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 The Role of Transdisciplinary and Analogical Reasoning in Geocybernetics

    3.3 A Transdisciplinary Exercise within Geocybernetics

    3.4 Methodological Considerations

    3.5 Final Comments



    Chapter 4. Cybercartography and Volunteered Geographic Information


    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Volunteered Geographic Information

    4.3 Cybercartography

    4.4 Synthesis of VGI and Cybercartography

    4.5 Legal Issues with vgi

    4.6 Intellectual Property

    4.7 Privacy

    4.8 Civil Liability

    4.9 Conclusion


    Chapter 5. Further Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Exploring Web 2.0 and Participatory Software for Building Geolocated Narratives


    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Narratives of ‘Personal Geographies’

    5.3 Geolocated Narrative

    5.4 Building a Geolocated Narrative

    5.5 Identifying Place

    5.6 Web 2.0 Geolocated Narrative Pilot Project

    5.7 Further Development

    5.8 Potential for Building Geolocated Narratives Using Web 2.0 and Participatory Software

    5.9 Conclusion

    5.10 Postscript



    Chapter 6. Tile-Based Mapping with Opacity


    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Data Transmission Considerations

    6.3 Tiling and Online Mapping Services

    6.4 Opacity

    6.5 Future Work

    6.6 Summary


    Chapter 7. Advances in Location-Based Services


    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Development Phases of LBS

    7.3 Some Emerging Research Topics

    7.4 Conclusion


    Chapter 8. Inclusive Cartography: Theoretical and Applied Issues in Brazil


    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Inclusive Cartography: An Overview

    8.3 Tactile Cartography – from Stones in the Sand to Virtual Maps in the Cloud

    8.4 Cartography for and by Indigenous People

    8.5 Final Remarks: New Cartographies and Future Challenges


    Chapter 9. The Nunaliit Cybercartographic Atlas Framework


    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 The Evolution of Nunaliit

    9.3 Some Important Challenges

    9.4 Recent Developments

    9.5 Future Development of Nunaliit


    Chapter 10. Interactive Audiovisual Design for Cartography: Survey, Prospects, and Example


    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Survey

    10.3 Prospects

    10.4 Example: Airborne BTEX Pollutant Emitting Facilities in Montreal

    10.5 Conclusion



    Chapter 11. A Spatial Typology of Cinematographic Narratives


    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 The Cybercartographic Atlas of Canadian Cinema: Introduction

    11.3 The Cybercartographic Application to Map Cinematographic Narratives

    11.4 Towards a Spatial Typology of Cinematographic Narratives

    11.5 Conclusion



    Chapter 12. Pilot Cybercartographic Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness


    12.1 Introduction

    12.2 The Risk of Homelessness in Canada

    12.3 Indicators of the Risk of Homelessness

    12.4 Reasons for Mapping the Risk of Homelessness

    12.5 Trusted Partnerships

    12.6 Atlas Modules

    12.7 Conclusion and Recommendations



    Chapter 13. Mapping Views from the North: Cybercartographic Technology and Inuit Photographic Encounters


    13.1 Introduction

    13.2 Starting the Conversation: NS

    13.3 Views from the North

    13.4 Cybercartographic Atlas


    Chapter 14. The Creation of the Inuit siku (Sea Ice) Atlas



    14.2 Background

    Building and Launching the Inuit siku (Sea Ice) Atlas

    The Inuit siku (Sea Ice) Atlas

    Technical and Design Strategies and Innovations

    Lessons Learned


    Chapter 15. The Kitikmeot Place Name Atlas


    15.1 The Kitikmeot Heritage Society

    15.2 The Kitikmeot Atlas Project

    15.3 Methodology: A Commitment to the Oral Tradition

    15.4 Cyber-Cartography: Let Oral Traditions Speak for Themselves

    15.5 Discussion and Future Directions


    Chapter 16. The Gwich'in Atlas: Place Names, Maps, and Narratives



    The Gwich'in and Their Place Names

    Documenting the Names

    Mapping Oral Geographic Knowledge

    Cybercartographic Approaches and the Gwich'in Atlas



    Chapter 17. The Role of Experience in the Iterative Development of the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas


    17.1 Introduction

    17.2 Iterative Processes in the Development of the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas

    17.3 The Iterative Design and Development of the Survey Journeys Maps

    17.4 Epiphanic Processes in the Iterative Design and Development of the Survey Journeys Maps

    17.5 Discussion and Conclusion



    Chapter 18. Considerations for Informed Consent in the Context of Online, Interactive, Atlas Creation


    18.1 Introduction

    18.2 Project Background

    18.3 Consent/Ethics History

    18.4 Research Ethics Challenges and Feedback

    18.5 Conclusion


    Chapter 19. Cybercartography and Traditional Knowledge: Responding to Legal and Ethical Challenges


    19.1 Introduction

    19.2 Defining TK

    19.3 Cybercartography

    19.4 How Can TK be Represented in Cybercartography?

    19.5 TK in International Law

    19.6 The Legal/Normative Framework

    19.7 Discussion


    Chapter 20. Cybercartography for Education: The Application of Cybercartography to Teaching and Learning in Nunavut, Canada


    20.1 Cybercartography and Education: Some Theoretical Considerations

    20.2 Cybercartography and Education

    20.3 The Educational Context in Nunavut

    20.4 The Inuit Siku (Sea Ice) Atlas and High School Education in Nunavut

    20.5 The Arctic Bay Atlas and Community College Education in Nunavut

    20.6 Conclusion


    Chapter 21. The Preservation and Archiving of Geospatial Data and Cybercartography as a Proactive Preservation Process


    21.1 Introduction

    21.2 The Rescue and Salvage of the CLI

    21.3 Canadian Digital Data Consultations and Studies

    21.4 Canadian Geospatial Data Preservation Examples

    21.5 Establishing a Geospatial Data Preservation System

    21.6 Cybercartographic Atlases as ‘Archives’

    21.7 Conclusion


    Chapter 22. Conclusion and the Future of Cybercartography


    22.1 Introduction

    22.2 The Age of Location

    22.3 Cybercartography and Spatial Data Infrastructures

    22.4 Utilizing Geographic Information Management

    22.5 Responding to the Growing Individualization of Mapping Technologies

    22.6 Preserving Cultural Heritage

    22.7 Scaling up of Cybercartography

    22.8 Conclusion



Product details

  • No. of pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2014
  • Published: December 17, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444627131
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444627179

About the Editor

D.R.F. Taylor

D.R.F. Taylor
Dr D. R. Fraser Taylor is Chancellor's Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading cartographers and a pioneer in the introduction of the use of the computer in cartography. He has served as the president of the International Cartographic Association from 1987 to 1995. Also, in 2008, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his achievements. He was awarded the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal in August 2013. This highest award of the International Cartographic Association honours cartographers of outstanding merit who have made significant contributions of an original nature to the field of cartography.

He produced two of the world’s first computer atlases in 1970. His many publications continue to have a major impact on the field. In 1997, he introduced the innovative new paradigm of cybercartography. He and his team are creating a whole new genre of online multimedia and multisensory atlases including several in cooperation with indigenous communities. He has also published several influential contributions to development studies and many of his publications deal with the relationship between cartography and development in both a national and an international context.

Affiliations and Expertise

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

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