Thematic cartography

2010

Colette Cauvin, Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France
Francisco Escobar, University of Alcala, Spain
Aziz Serradj, Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France
ISTE Ltd and John Wiley & Sons Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-84821-109-4, 1280 p. (3 volumes)

Vol. 1 - Thematic Cartography and Transformations
Vol. 2 - Cartography and the Impact of the Quantitative Revolution
Vol. 3 - New approaches in Thematic Cartography

A thematic map is a map that illustrates more than simply geographical relationships or locations, but rather also portrays themes, patterns, or data relating to physical, social, medical, economic, political or any other aspect of a region or location. Examples include maps that show variations of population density, climate data, wealth, voting intentions, or life expectancy with geographical location. These tools have become central to the work of scientists, practitioners, and students in nearly every field, from epidemiology to political science, and are familiar to members of the public as a common means of expressing complicated and multivariate information in easily understood graphical formats.This set of three volumes on Thematic Cartography considers maps as information constructs resulting from a number of successive information transformations and the products of decision stages, integrated into a logical reasoning and the order of those choices. It thereby provides a thorough understanding of the theoretical basis for thematic mapping, as well as the means of applying the various techniques and methodologies in order to create a desired analytical presentation.

  • The first volume introduces the basics of thematic cartography. The authors present the transformations necessary to the production – using a scientific approach – of any thematic map.
  • The second volume focuses on the impact of the quantitative revolution on thematic cartography, partly related to the advent of the computer age.
  • The third volume is exclusively focused on new approaches in thematic cartography offered by three successive revolutions affecting the discipline: digital, multimedia and Internet phenomena.

Volume 1: Thematic Cartography and Transformations

  • PART I. CARTOGRAPHY: AN EVOLVING SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINE
    • 1. A Brief History of Thematic Cartography
    • 2. Cartography: A Discipline of Transformations
    • 3. The Map – a Construction Based on Scientific Reasoning
  • PART II. DATA CONSTRUCTION: A TRANSFORMATION DEFININGTHE QUALITY OF THE MAP
    • 4. Localized Data: the Specialty of Cartography
    • 5. Attributes: the Specificity of Thematic Cartography
    • 6. Locations and Attributes: Quality Criteria
  • PART III. NECESSARY TRANSFORMATIONS IN THEMATICCARTOGRAPHY
    • 7. A Permanent Phase: The Semiotic Transformation
    • 8. Cartographic Transformations: the Representation Modes
    • 9. Cartographic Design

Volume 2: Cartography and the Impact of the Quantitative Revolution

  • PART I. TRANSFORMATIONS OF ATTRIBUTES [Z] AND USE OF QUANTITATIVE METHODS: GENERALIZATION AND MODELING
    • 1. From the Description to the Generalization of an Attribute Variable Z
    • 2. Generalization of Thematic Attributes.
    • 3. Modelling Thematic Attributes: Generalizable Cartographic Choices
  • PART II. NEW CARTOGRAPHIC TRANSFORMATIONS AND 3D REPRESENTATIONS
    • 4. Cartographic Transformations of Position
    • 5. Taking a Third Dimension into Account, Transformation of Display

Volume 3: New approaches in Thematic Cartography

  • 1. Technological Revolutions and Their Conceptual and Practical Consequences.
  • 2. Towards a Spatio-Temporal Representation of Cartographic Objects
  • 3. Thematic Cartography within the Framework of New Paradigms