594 pages, no illustrations
The map has been central to how societies function all over the world for generations. This book argues for a new paradigm for maps and mapping the information era - cybercartography - "The organization, presentation, analysis and communication of spatially referenced information on a wide variety of topics of interest to society in an interactive, dynamic, multisensory format with the use of multimedia and multimodal interfaces." It examines the major elements of cybercartography and argues for the importance of interaction between theory and practice in developing a paradigm which moves beyond the concept of GIS and Geographical Information Science and argues for the centrality of the map as part of an integrated information, communication and analytical package. The chapters of the book report on major original cybercartographic research and practice from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including the humanities and the social sciences.
This new synthesis has intrinsic value for industry and the general public but of equal importance is the development of new relationships between mapping and the development of user-centred multimedia interfaces. The cybermap is shown to be key to navigation through the growing sea of data threatening to drown all of us.
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