Automatic Map Retrieval and Map Interpretation in the Internet

Part of the Advances in Geographic Information Science book series (AGIS)


The Internet contains huge amounts of maps representing almost every part of the Earth in many different scales and map types. However, this enormous quantity of information is completely unstructured and it is very difficult to find a map of a specific area and with certain content, because the map content is not accessible by search engines in the same way as web pages. However, searching with search engines is at the moment the most effective way to retrieve information in the Internet and without search engines most information would not be findable. In order to overcome this problem, methods are needed to search automatically for maps in the Internet and to make the implicit information of maps explicit so that machines can process it. In this paper we discuss how maps can be found automatically in the Internet and moreover, how the content of maps can be interpreted automatically.


Interpretation Data mining Internet Retrieval Databases 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Photogrammetry, Stuttgart UniversityStuttgartGermany

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