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Cartographic Synthesis in Thematic Atlases

Authors: Vit Vozenilek*, Palacky University, Olomouc
Topics: Cartography
Keywords: synthesis, atlas, system theory, typology, regionalization
Session Type: Paper
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The paper introduces cartographic synthesis in the concept of thematic atlas content. The paper is based on conjunction GIS and cartography, which consider the best environments for merging streams of ideographic (descriptive of particular things) and nomothetic (law seeking) geography. This approach builds on the work of the Czech cartographer Antonin Kolacny, his concept of cartographic information and the research of his successors, such as MacEachren and Casti. This approach is also supported by the International Cartographic Association, as can be read in the blog of ICA president Georg Gartner on www.icaci.org. Maps and geographic information have special capabilities through their ability to connect and integrate data sets using an inherent geographical location. The information contents can then be presented in a user-friendly and understandable tactile and visual way.
The concept of spatial synthesis has been developed, focused on typology and regionalization, in order for thematic atlas concepts to provide a comprehensive perspective on geographic research topics using GIS&T. Spatial synthesis identifies gaps in knowledge and information in geography and makes suggestions for further research.
The paper addresses the theoretical systematic approach which plays a crucial role for content, designing, compilation and symbology of thematic atlases. This calls for implementation of system theory into a thematic atlas conceptualization.

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