“At the Interface of Cartography and Computer Graphics” by Moellering

  • ©Harold Moellering

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    At the Interface of Cartography and Computer Graphics

Session/Category Title: At The Interface of Cartography and Computer Graphics: Current Status and Future Prospects


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    Developing technology has always had an impact on cartography, the art and science of making maps. This impact has been particularly noticeable in recent centuries. The expanded use of copper engraving plates in the 17th century added immeasurably to the ability of the cartographer to add more clear detail to his maps. In the last century the introduction of photoprocessing coupled with existing offset printing techniques added much more efficiency to the process as well as reduced the cost of map production. It is no wonder, then, that computer driven machinery has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the field of cartography.

    During the 1950’s computer driven plotting devices began to be used for producing maps, thematic and topographic, block diagrams as well as other types of cartographic displays. The 1960’s saw the introduction of the use of CRT displays to produce cartographic products. Al- though computer driven displays have only been available to cartographers for a relatively short period of time, it is clear that such technological developments will have a profound and far reaching impact on the field of cartography.

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