Characterizing Maps from Visual Properties

  • Catherine DominguèsEmail author
  • Laurence Jolivet
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Customized mapping needs to rely on a strategy to help mapmakers in designing their maps. Our approach is based on analogy between existing sample maps and the wished customized map. The challenge consists in being able to offer the appropriate maps according to each mapmaker’s specifications. We have focused on the perception of seven selected visual properties of maps. To qualify this perception, a user test was set up. A sample map database was built in order to collect assessment of participants about visual properties. Test results were investigated through property and by statistical features. Analyses show that among properties, some are scored as more extreme and/or unanimous than others. Correlations between properties were also highlighted, which clarifies the characterization of sample maps. We then suggested a way to discover the database in a custom-made map process by using relevant queries based on statistical features of properties. Recommendations on exploiting a sample map database are finally formulated.


Custom-made map Visual property Color Visual property statistical feature User test 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut national de l’information géographique et forestièreSaint-MandéFrance

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