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Multimedia Mapping

  • By: Shunfu Hu
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Multimedia mapping refers to the integration of computer-assisted mapping systems and multimedia technologies that allow the incorporation of both spatial geographic (i.e., geospatial) information in digital map format and multimedia information. The term multimedia implies the use of a personal computer (PC) or the Internet with information presented through the following media: (1) text (descriptive text, narrative, and labels), (2) graphics (drawings, diagrams, charts, snapshots, or photographs), (3) digital video (television-style material in digital format), (4) digital audio sound (music and oral narration), and (5) computer animation (changing maps, objects, and images). Multimedia technology has been extensively used by commercial encyclopedia CD-ROMs, such as Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia CD-ROM, to provide a multisensory learning environment and the opportunity to improve the understanding of a concept.

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