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Map Design for the Web

Today We use the Internet as our primary source of maps and GIS data.

Twenty years ago that was not the case. Maps and Charts on paper where how people found their way.

What is involved in Map Content and Design for the Web?

How do we Optimizing Cartographic Images for sharing on the Internet?


The most significant component of Camp Internet's GIS, GPS and Mapping study are the interactive mapping tools we have designed into our maps.

The Camp Internet GIS system permits students and teachers to enter data for their GIS maps directley through the web. Using online forms that link into the database attached to their project, students can now make dynamic, real time changes to their maps as they proceed through their projects.

The Web based mapping tools also allows students, teachers and parents to visualize and ask questions about the geospatial data they have put into cartographic form.

The purpose of this guide is to provide authors of cartographic material destined for display on the Internet (either for display in a mapping tool, or as static cartographic images), with specific information on map design.

The following topics are covered in this guide:

Colour Design and Tools - colour theory, colour models (RGB, CMYK), Web limitations and cross-platform issues, the challenge of colour management on the Web, colour palettes, sample colour sequences, ramps, etc.

Map Symbology - symbol basics with sample point, line, and area symbols, map scale considerations, colour, data evaluation and classification, visual variables, etc.

Typography - type terminology, suggested fonts and samples, positioning type on maps, colour use, etc.

Some thoughts on the Internet:

In the 1970s the artist and futurist Andy Warhol predicted: "In the future everyone will be World-famous for fifteen minutes.". . .

This prophecy has been realized by the ascent of the World Wide Web. One of the greatest things about the Internet is that it provides everyone with the opportunity to be published.

The visionary educator of mass media, Marshall McLuhan said: "The medium is the message".

He recognized that technology was driving revolutionary changes in communications and that this was greatly influencing our culture and society.

We hear of cable TV carrying 500 channels or the 500 channel universe.

Now consider the Internet, as a system of millions of channels, one for each household or even every person. URLs and e-mail addresses are now becoming as commonplace as telephone numbers. The "global village" is now becoming a reality.

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