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Map Evaluation and Testing

  • By: Corné P. J. M. van Elzakker
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

A map is an abstraction and simplification of geographic reality to scale, created by selecting the most pertinent information, translating it into graphic symbols, and, usually, projecting it on a flat medium (paper or a computer screen). More maps are now made and used than ever before. Technology allows their quick and easy production, even by the map users themselves, who may generate the maps they need, for example, within a GIS or with applications such as Google Maps or Windows Live Maps on the Internet.

The main reason for the abundant use of map displays is that they are a very efficient means for the communication, analysis, synthesis, and exploration of geographic information to solve people's geographic problems. There is neither an alternative nor a ...

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