3.6. The Roles of Maps, from Some Truth with Maps: A Primer on Symbolization and Design

  1. Martin Dodge1,
  2. Rob Kitchin2 and
  3. Chris Perkins1
  1. Alan M. MacEachren

Published Online: 24 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979587.ch32

The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation

The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation

How to Cite

MacEachren, A. M. (2011) The Roles of Maps, from Some Truth with Maps: A Primer on Symbolization and Design, in The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation (eds M. Dodge, R. Kitchin and C. Perkins), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979587.ch32

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geography, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

  2. 2

    National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis and Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470742839

Online ISBN: 9780470979587

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Keywords:

  • roles of maps, truth with maps - primer on symbolisation and design;
  • MacEachren's monograph - use of maps in geographic analysis;
  • DiBiase's model, critical distinction - ‘visual thinking’ and ‘visual communication’;
  • visual thinking and communication - not mutually exclusive map goals;
  • maps and other visualisation tools - ways to confirm initial suspicions;
  • maps and other graphics - depicting patterns and anomalies;
  • EPA Region 6 Comparative Risk Project Ecological Report (EPA l990);
  • model of role of maps and graphics;
  • GIS, tools facilitating multiple views of data - and flexible map design/symbolisation choices

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Editors' overview

  • Exploration

  • Confirmation

  • Synthesis

  • Presentation

  • Summary

  • References

  • Further reading

  • See also