By J. Dykes, A. M. MacEachren, M. -J. Kraak

Refined interactive maps are more and more used to discover info - guiding us via information landscapes to supply details and recommended perception and figuring out. Geovisualization is an rising area that pulls upon disciplines corresponding to computing device technology, human-computer interplay layout, cognitive sciences, graphical facts, info visualization, info visualization, geographic info technological know-how and cartography to debate, strengthen and overview interactive cartography.

This assessment and exploration of the present and destiny prestige of geovisualization has been produced by way of key researchers and practitioners from worldwide in a variety of cognate fields of research. The thirty-six chapters current summaries of labor undertaken, case stories all in favour of new tools and their program, approach descriptions, exams in their implementation, plans for collaboration and reflections on reports of utilizing and constructing geovisualization techniques.

In overall, over 50 pages of colour are supplied within the ebook besides greater than 250 colour pictures on an enclosed CD-ROM.

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Besides, depending upon the Cartography used, various characteristics of the relationships between locations are either preserved or lost. After the projection, the geographical data can be stored as 2D data with x/y-dimensions. X - Y plots are a typical method for showing 2D data and maps are a special type of X - Y plot for showing geographical data. Although it seems easy to deal with temporal or geographic data on 2D devices, caution is advised. If the number of records to be visualized is large, temporal axes and maps get quickly cluttered - and may not help to understand the data.

Much of the workshop time was spent in discussion groups, developing the structure for these overview chapters, sketching out their contents and debating the issues that arose. These joint contributions are designed to enable us to record and comment upon aspects of our work that we can share and to identify ways in which we can work together for mutual benefit. They are designed to meet the key requirement of interdisciplinary collaboration by providing a shared perspective on the research topic, demonstrating some of the similarities and differences between the various disciplines represented and identifying potential for further collaboration.

There is a loose correspondence between the focus topics and the cross-cutting themes identified in the research agenda report (MacEachren and Exploring Geovisualization 11 Kraak, 2001; see w However, the goal was not to address these cross-cutting challenges in a comprehensive way - an objective that will require more than a short workshop. Instead, the groups and topics around which they were organized reflect the particular expertise of workshop participants as well as progress in some areas over the time since the 2001 report.

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