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Web Mapping and Web Cartography

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CGI; Electronic atlases; Maps on internet; Mobile maps; SVG; Web application server; Web mapping server; Web server; Web technologies; WMS


Web mapping is the process of designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps on the World Wide Web. While web mapping primarily deals with technological issues, web cartography additionally studies theoretic aspects: the use of web maps, the evaluation and optimization of techniques and workflows, the usability of web maps, social aspects, and more. Web GIS or Internet GIS is related to web mapping but with an emphasis on analysis, processing of project specific geodata as well as exploratory aspects. Often the terms web GIS and web mapping are used synonymously, even if they don’t mean the same. In fact the boundary between web maps and web GIS is blurry. Web maps are often a presentation media in web GIS and web maps are increasingly gaining analytical capabilities. A special case of web maps are mobile maps,...

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Neumann, A. (2016). Web Mapping and Web Cartography. In: Shekhar, S., Xiong, H., Zhou, X. (eds) Encyclopedia of GIS. Springer, Cham.

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