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Main Title How maps work : representation, visualization, and design /
Author MacEachren, Alan M.,
Publisher Guilford Press,
Year Published 1995
OCLC Number 31078855
ISBN 0898625890; 9780898625899
Subjects Cartography. ; Cartografie. ; Cartographie--Recherche. ; Perception géographique. ; Cartes--Symboles. ; Visualisation.
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EJAM  GA105.3.M32 1995 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 08/09/2002
Collation xiii, 513 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-490) and index.
Contents Notes
This book is the first systematic integration of cognitive and semiotic approaches to understanding maps as powerful, abstract, and synthetic spatial representations. Presenting a perspective built on four decades of cartographic research, along with research from other areas, it explores how maps work at multiple levels - from the individual to societal - and provides a cohesive picture of how the many representational choices inherent in mapping interact with the processing of information construction of knowledge. Utilizing this perspective, the author shows how the insights derived from a better understanding of maps can be used in future map design. Although computers now provide the graphic tools to produce maps of similar or better quality than those produced by previous manual techniques, they seldom incorporate the conceptual tools needed to make informed symbolization and design decisions. The search for these conceptual tools is the basis for How Maps Work. 1. Taking a Scientific Approach to Improving Map Representation and Design -- 2. An Information-Processing View of Vision and Visual Cognition -- 3. How Maps Are Seen -- 4. How Maps Are Understood: Visual Array [actual symbol not reproducible] Visual Description [actual symbol not reproducible] Knowledge Schemata [actual symbol not reproducible] Cognitive Representation -- 5. A Primer on Semiotics for Understanding Map Representation -- 6. A Functional Approach to Map Representation: The Semantics and Syntactics of Map Signs -- 7. A Lexical Approach to Map Representation: Map Pragmatics -- 8. GVIS: Facilitating Visual Thinking -- 9. GVIS: Relationships in Space and Time -- 10. GVIS: Should We Believe What We See?