UW-Madison GEOG 370 - Introduction to Cartography (6 pages)

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Introduction to Cartography


This lecture includes a detailed recap of the second lecture, which focused on the basic introduction to the course.

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
Geog 370 - Introduction to Cartography

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GEOG 370 1st Edition Lecture 1 Outline of Last Lecture I Introduction to Course Outline of Current Lecture II What is a map III But what makes a map a map Mapicity IV What is cartography Cartographic Dichotomies Current Lecture Defining the Map o A map is an authored representation of typically geographic features concepts conditions processes and events I E geographic phenomena or things that exist at scale between the human and the universal Geographic spatial geospatial o A representation is a thing object word graphic etc that stands for another thing Think RE present Through the representation map users are able to see aspects of the world they otherwise cannot see or experience Example o Air temperature o An author is an active agent capable of making design decisions Authors have a specific point of view or SituatedKnowledge that informs what is included in the map and how the contents are represented These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute Example View of the world from 9th avenue o Although this map is completely inaccurate it is still considered a map from the particular viewpoint of this author Reference versus Thematic Mapping o Classes of Maps 2 Reference Maps maps that catalogue the position of typically many geographic phenomena in the landscape I E space alone Also called general purpose map general reference map Example o Your typical map on Google Maps Thematic Maps maps that indicate the variation within one or sometimes several geographic phenomenon across the landscape I E attributes across space Also called specialpurpose map single topic map statistical map Example Despite the promulgation of this dichotomy the distinction between reference and thematic maps is imperfect as each exhibits qualities of the other Maps can both show where things are and their location along with themes over time like population change o All Maps Lie Map

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