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Geovisualization, or geographic visualization, is an approach and a process through which maps and graphics are used to gain insight from geographic information. An emerging field within geographic information science, it focuses on using dynamic and interactive graphics to generate ideas from digital data sets but is loosely bounded due to the multitude of disciplines that contribute to this aim and uses to which such activity can be put. Geovisualization embraces a whole range of exciting, impressive, novel, and sometimes bizarre graphics to try and help those involved in data analysis “see into” their data.

Research in geovisualization involves creating tools and developing theory to support these activities using technology and conducting experiments and tests. Cartography, computer science, data mining, information visualization, exploratory data analysis, human-computer ...

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