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DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BB2.V1/S11.026

NON-TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF MAP PRODUCTION

A. Vondrakova
Monday 5 August 2013 by Libadmin2013

References: 13th SGEM GeoConference on Informatics, Geoinformatics And Remote Sensing, www.sgem.org, SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-954-91818-9-0 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 16-22, 2013, Vol. 1, 813 - 820 pp

ABSTRACT

In addition to technological aspects of map production, such as the ability of hardware, software options, or printing methods, there is a large influence of number of non-technological aspects as well [1]. The concept of technological and non-technological aspects is often used in various disciplines. Examples of technological aspects include the harmonization of spatial data infrastructure, technological aspects of dynamic visualization, technological aspects of GIS, etc. Often there are also determined technical aspects in the term of concept, which is in geoinformatics focused on the computer infrastructure, hardware and software.
There is not a uniform definition of technological and non-technological aspect. Generally the technological (technical) aspects are described on the base of technical specifications and working patterns of various phenomena and processes. They describe the various factors, the list of equipment, materials, structure, strategy, tools and their uses, methods, and other links of the technologies used for a given phenomenon or process. In the context of this approach the technological aspects or elements of those processes, in which the importance of technology prevails over the others, are considered.
The non-technological (non-technical) factors include economic aspects, aesthetic aspects, ethic aspects, geoinformatic aspects, historical aspects, conceptual aspects, legislative aspects, methodological aspects, organizational aspects, political aspects, psychological aspects, social aspects, user aspects and visualization aspects – all in the connection to cartography and map production. The non-technological aspects are important features of each process of map production, but it is not possible to evaluate unified all aspects (compilation of each cartographic product may include various specifics). The definitions of non-technological aspects of the map production specified in the paper were formulated on the basis of various findings from analysis of the cartography and geoinformation science. In the practical part of this study various aspects with emphasis on their application are discussed.
There is coming the expansion of many new trends in cartography and it is important to ensure the emphasis on the non-technological aspects of cartographic creation and production. The most important aspects are economic, legislative, visualization, psychological and user issues, but there is still very important role of other factors and aspects. Defining non-technological aspects of map production and their analysis may lead to the formation of better maps creation. It can be also helpful for cartographers for creating understandable maps and also are for map producers to become aware of all significant aspects and impacts that need to be taken into account during map production.

Keywords: non-technological aspects, map production, user issues

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