Archiving and Spreading Our Geographical Knowledge in Case of the National Atlas of Korea

Authors: Jongnam Choi*, Western Illinois University, Chul Hwang, Kyung Hee University
Topics: Cartography
Keywords: National Atlas, Korea,
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 44
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A national atlas is an authoritative reference that contains geographic information on a nation. The National Atlas of Korea was tentatively published by the National Geographic Information Institute in 1989 for internal use, and the first edition issued in a single book was officially published in both Korean and English in 2007. Since 2014, the edition was planned for three volumes in both Korean and English and was followed by a comprehensive edition in Korean, English, Spanish, and French for every 5-year period.
The publication of the National Atlas had to overcome many constraints. In this presentation, we would like to share how we have overcome the obstacles we have experienced in Korea over the past two decades. We have stressed that it is an essential task for the state or government to carry out in three respects. First, the national atlas can be utilized as the most critical data to be referenced in establishing national plans for regional policies. Second, we stressed that it is the necessary educational tools to build national pride for our future generations. Third, it is an effective means of dissemination to promote Korea internationally, and it has proved it.
The most recent issue highlighted is the balance between printing-type publishing and digital online publishing. We persuaded the Government to pursue both ways because they are necessary and have complementary advantages

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