Method of creating animated maps of urban population dinamics in Russian Federation during 1959–2018

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Ilya A. Rylskiy

Lomonosov Moscow State University,
Leninskie Gory, 1, 119991, Moscow, Russia,

Marina V. Gribok

Lomonosov Moscow State University,
Leninskie Gory, 1, 119991, Moscow, Russia,

Olga Yu. Chereshnya

Lomonosov Moscow State University,
Leninskie Gory, 1, 119991, Moscow, Russia,

Ilya V. Kalinkin

Lomonosov Moscow State University,
Leninskie Gory, 1, 119991, Moscow, Russia,


Despite the rapid development of computer graphics and digital animation technologies, the possibilities for their truly widespread use of animated maps appeared only now. Previously widespread use of similar mapping products has been hindered by low resolution monitors. Currently, when mobile devices with high-resolution color displays, sufficient computing power and the ability to connect to the Internet, have gained widespread acceptance, great possibilities open up for animated maps. However, over the past quarter century, the process of creating animated maps has not become easier. Compared to conventional static maps, to create an animation map, it is necessary to evaluate not only the spatial, but also the time scale, take into account the peculiarities of using conventional symbols in all frames, etc. In this paper, using the example of a statistical series for seventy years (1958–2018), an attempt was made to develop a series of “frames” for creating animated maps of point objects in scale to 1:20 000 000. Various versions of animated maps were made using different dynamic scales of icons, different time scales for displaying extremely diverse in their composition and dynamics of changes in the population size of cities in the Russian Federation. As a source of population data, information from open sources (including Wikipedia data and population censuses) was used. The analysis was carried out for 165 settlements of urban type. To create separate raster images of maps, geo-information software (ArcView) was used, among which specialized software was developed to produce a series of raster images with predetermined city display parameters using previously entered GIS data.


animated map, dynamics, cartography, population of cities, GIS, geoinformation data, software.


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For citation: Rylskiy I.A., Gribok M.V., Chereshnya O.Yu., Kalinkin I.V. Method of creating animated maps of urban population dinamics in Russian Federation during 1959–2018 InterCarto. InterGIS. GI support of sustainable development of territories: Proceedings of the International conference. Moscow: Moscow University Press, 2019. V. 25. Part 1. P. 138–150. DOI: 10.35595/2414-9179-2019-1-25-138-150