DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s09.v2009


Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 2, 989 - 996 pp


Maps are the easiest way how to orient in an unknown environment, especially in the
foreign city. Tourist maps are supposed to help visitors to get along with the city. This
article is focused on the touristic maps or plans of the cities. They are evaluated from
the view of cartography. It means semantic, cartographic and graphic rules. For the
purpose of this article, a great amount of various maps of the cities and towns all over
the Europe, Asia and North America were collected. The maps were divided into groups
based on the map type e.g. pseudo 3D maps, commercial maps, maps with pictorial
cartographic signs, touristic maps produced by professional cartographic companies and
ortophotomaps. The evaluation from the cartographic view of every group was done.
After the cartographic evaluation, maps were evaluated by non-cartographic users. The
outputs will help to cartographers to choose proper cartographic signs for touristic map
of the city. The cartographic recommendations help future authors of plan improve their
town plans.

Keywords: town map, town plan, semiology, cartography, map evaluation

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