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Electronic Atlases

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

Electronic atlases are intentional combinations of maps or data sets structured in such a way that given objectives are reached. In the recent history of cartography, atlases deserve a prominent status among cartographic products due to the variety of their thematic content, the rather friendly appearance, and their utilization by a wide spectrum of users. Advances in information technology and more specifically in geographic information systems and digital mapping, have altered the traditional way of using maps and thus have a considerable impact on every aspect of electronic atlas design, content, and functionality. Considerable effort has been made in the production of electronic atlases, and successful systems are available with fascinating design and functional characteristics.

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