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Title: The significance of maps and spatial data use in contemporary cartography
Authors: Ikhuoria, Isi A.
Ogedegbe, S.O.
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Nigerian Cartographic Journal, Nigeria.
Series/Report no.: Vol. 1, No. 1;pp. 24-31
Abstract: The functional use, topography of uses and production systems of maps and spatial data are fundamental issues in contemporary cartography. Research on different functions, uses and production system as well as the ability of maps to represent and communicate spatial phenomena has been on since the 1950s. But research on the map and spatial data use is still as essential to the development of the theoretical concept in cartography today as it was five decade ago. This is because the development of computer technology, remote sensing and geographical information systems now provide the cartographer and spatial information user larger amount of spatial data and new type of maps. This has urged new conception in cartography, further examination of map fun ctions, user and reeducation of cartographers as specialists of map – making as well as users (Kanakubo, et al 1933). From this perspective, it is quite important to examine the contemporary cartographic issues of the functioning of maps in the use of spatial data, the mode of the maps as final presentations and interactive working documents as well as the influence of the technology on spatial data uses
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