Exercises in Cartography

  • Ferjan J. OrmelingEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC, volume 5)


By describing the scope and intent of contemporary cartographic exercises, the author pictures the changes that took place in cartography during the last 50 years in the format of an autobiography. Although these exercises changed from manual and repetitive ones towards digital and unique tasks, during this development some freedom of expression was lost, as current GIS-oriented software packages limit the design options. The author calls for exercises where the geographical insight of cartography students is strengthened, where they are made aware of the bandwidths of cartographic license and of the existence of many different but valid ways of rendering the same realities. Also, through exercises where they are addressed as map users, trainees may realise the map-use impact of the graphical decisions taken and the real challenges cartographers face in visualizing geospatial data for decision support.


Challenging Exercise Cartography Programme Grid Cell Centre Population Distribution Pattern Colour Ramp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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