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László Zentai

Head of the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary


The development of the digital production techniques were rapidly improved around 1980-1990 due to the requirements of information technology. Both hardware and software components were essential in the development of the technology, but the first milestone of this process was the release of personal computers.

In the cartographic visualization, the GIS technologies were invented in the 1970s. However, for a very long time the development focused on the input part and on the analysis. The need for real map production features (to produce paper maps which conform to cartographic traditions) in GIS software environment was raised after most of the paper maps were converted into digital ones. On the other hand, the non-GIS based map production could easily use the development of the desktop publishing technologies about ten years earlier.

Nowadays the GIS-based map production offers visualization methods which do not have the antecedents in the traditional cartography. Such kinds of contemporary cartographic visualization techniques looked very trendy, but the efficiency of representation was not seriously tested. The interpretation of unusual visualization techniques can be misleading and less efficient than it was expected by the software developers. The traditional visualization techniques of thematic cartography can be successfully combined with the recent IT methods: mobile phones, tablets etc.

For citation: Zentai L. THE EVOLUTION OF CARTOGRAPHIC VISUALIZATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE. Proceedings of the International conference “InterCarto. InterGIS”. 2014;20:144.