Smart Cartographic Functionality for Improving Data Visualization in Map Mashups
Panchaud, Nadia H.
Iosifescu Enescu, Ionuţ
- Journal Article
Thanks to the growth of geoportal products and online cartographic platforms, access to spatial data has never been so easy for so many people. But access to cartographic knowledge for laypersons using such data is lagging behind. Platforms that allow users to create map mashups from diverse data sources can lead to unsatisfactory cartographic visualization, which reduces the map’s legibility and the usefulness of such functions. This article’s focus is on creating a framework that supports smart cartographic functions to improve the quality of map mashups. First, we assess the state of cartographic conflicts due to map mashup, using examples from existing geoportals. Afterwards, we describe a framework that allows us to define cartographic functions, focusing on symbology changes and based on a client-side approach. We do not aim to fully model the complex decision-making process of a professional cartographer, but rather to provide a set of smart functions that use appropriate assumptions and constraints based on cartographic principles and semantic information. As proof of concept, the framework and functions are then integrated within a geoportal Show more
Journal / seriesCartographica
Pages / Article No.
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Subjectcartographic functionality; symbology; geoportal; mashup; Web mapping; map design
Organisational unit03466 - Hurni, Lorenz
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