Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography

Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, 2nd Edition

Applications and Indigenous Mapping

Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, 2nd Edition,D.R.F. Taylor,Tracey Lauriault,ISBN9780444627131

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Honorable Mention in the the 2015 PROSE Awards in Earth Science from the Association of American Publishers

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  • Honorable Mention in the the 2015 PROSE Awards in Earth Science from the Association of American Publishers
  • Highlights the relationship between cybercartography and critical geography
  • Incorporates several new cybercartographic atlases produced in cooperation with Inuit and First Nations groups
  • Showcases legal, ethical, consent and policy implications of mapping local and traditional knowledge
  • Features an interactive companion web site containing links to related sites, additional color images and illustrations, plus important information to capture the dynamic and interactive elements of cybercartography: http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780444627131/


Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography—awarded an Honorable Mention in Earth Science at the Association of American Publishers' 2015 PROSE Awards—examines some of the recent developments in the theory and practice of cybercartography and the substantial changes which have taken place since the first edition published in 2005. It continues to examine the major elements of cybercartography and emphasizes the importance of interaction between theory and practice in developing a paradigm which moves beyond the concept of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science.

Cybercartography is a new paradigm for maps and mapping in the information era. Defined as "the organization, presentation, analysis and communication of spatially referenced information on a wide variety of topics of interest to society," cybercartography is presented in an interactive, dynamic, multisensory format with the use of multimedia and multimodal interfaces.

The seven major elements of cybercartography outlined in the first edition have been supplemented by six key ideas and the definition of cybercartography has been extended and expanded. The new practice of mapping traditional knowledge in partnership with indigenous people has led to new theoretical understanding as well as innovative cybercartographic atlases. Featuring more than 90% new and revised content, this volume is a result of a multidisciplinary team effort and has benefited from the input of partners from government, industry and aboriginal non-governmental organizations.


Cartographers, software companies, geographers,

D.R.F. Taylor

Dr D. R. Fraser Taylor is Chancellor's Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading cartographers and a pioneer in the introduction of the use of the computer in cartography. He has served as the president of the International Cartographic Association from 1987 to 1995. Also, in 2008, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his achievements. He was awarded the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal in August 2013. This highest award of the International Cartographic Association honours cartographers of outstanding merit who have made significant contributions of an original nature to the field of cartography. He produced two of the world’s first computer atlases in 1970. His many publications continue to have a major impact on the field. In 1997, he introduced the innovative new paradigm of cybercartography. He and his team are creating a whole new genre of online multimedia and multisensory atlases including several in cooperation with indigenous communities. He has also published several influential contributions to development studies and many of his publications deal with the relationship between cartography and development in both a national and an international context.

Affiliations and Expertise

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

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Tracey Lauriault

Affiliations and Expertise

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, 2nd Edition



Editor’s Biography

List of Contributors

Chapter 1. Some Recent Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications in Indigenous Mapping: An Introduction


1.1 Introduction

1.2 The Elements of Cybercartography

1.3 Definition of Cybercartography

1.4 New Practice

1.5 New Theory

1.6 New Design Challenges

1.7 Relationships with Art and the Humanities

1.8 Multisensory Research

1.9 Preservation and Archiving

1.10 Legal and Ethical Issues

1.11 Education

1.12 Conclusion


Chapter 2. From Cybercartography to the Paradigm of Geocybernetics: A Formal Perspective


2.1 Introduction

2.2 A Metatheory for Geocybernetics

2.3 Formalizing Geocybernetics: An Attempt

2.4 Qualitative Scientific Prose as a Formal Element

2.5 The Role of Visual Language in Geocybernetics

2.6 Final Comments



Chapter 3. Geocybernetics as a Tool for the Development of Transdisciplinary Frameworks


3.1 Introduction

3.2 The Role of Transdisciplinary and Analogical Reasoning in Geocybernetics

3.3 A Transdisciplinary Exercise within Geocybernetics

3.4 Methodological Considerations

3.5 Final Comments



Chapter 4. Cybercartography and Volunteered Geographic Information


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Volunteered Geographic Information

4.3 Cybercartography

4.4 Synthesis of VGI and Cybercartography

4.5 Legal Issues with vgi

4.6 Intellectual Property

4.7 Privacy

4.8 Civil Liability

4.9 Conclusion


Chapter 5. Further Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Exploring Web 2.0 and Participatory Software for Building Geolocated Narratives


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Narratives of ‘Personal Geographies’

5.3 Geolocated Narrative

5.4 Building a Geolocated Narrative

5.5 Identifying Place

5.6 Web 2.0 Geolocated Narrative Pilot Project

5.7 Further Development

5.8 Potential for Building Geolocated Narratives Using Web 2.0 and Participatory Software

5.9 Conclusion

5.10 Postscript



Chapter 6. Tile-Based Mapping with Opacity


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Data Transmission Considerations

6.3 Tiling and Online Mapping Services

6.4 Opacity

6.5 Future Work

6.6 Summary


Chapter 7. Advances in Location-Based Services


7.1 Introduction

7.2 Development Phases of LBS

7.3 Some Emerging Research Topics

7.4 Conclusion


Chapter 8. Inclusive Cartography: Theoretical and Applied Issues in Brazil


8.1 Introduction

8.2 Inclusive Cartography: An Overview

8.3 Tactile Cartography – from Stones in the Sand to Virtual Maps in the Cloud

8.4 Cartography for and by Indigenous People

8.5 Final Remarks: New Cartographies and Future Challenges


Chapter 9. The Nunaliit Cybercartographic Atlas Framework


9.1 Introduction

9.2 The Evolution of Nunaliit

9.3 Some Important Challenges

9.4 Recent Developments

9.5 Future Development of Nunaliit


Chapter 10. Interactive Audiovisual Design for Cartography: Survey, Prospects, and Example


10.1 Introduction

10.2 Survey

10.3 Prospects

10.4 Example: Airborne BTEX Pollutant Emitting Facilities in Montreal

10.5 Conclusion



Chapter 11. A Spatial Typology of Cinematographic Narratives


11.1 Introduction

11.2 The Cybercartographic Atlas of Canadian Cinema: Introduction

11.3 The Cybercartographic Application to Map Cinematographic Narratives

11.4 Towards a Spatial Typology of Cinematographic Narratives

11.5 Conclusion



Chapter 12. Pilot Cybercartographic Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness


12.1 Introduction

12.2 The Risk of Homelessness in Canada

12.3 Indicators of the Risk of Homelessness

12.4 Reasons for Mapping the Risk of Homelessness

12.5 Trusted Partnerships

12.6 Atlas Modules

12.7 Conclusion and Recommendations



Chapter 13. Mapping Views from the North: Cybercartographic Technology and Inuit Photographic Encounters


13.1 Introduction

13.2 Starting the Conversation: NS

13.3 Views from the North

13.4 Cybercartographic Atlas


Chapter 14. The Creation of the Inuit siku (Sea Ice) Atlas



14.2 Background

Building and Launching the Inuit siku (Sea Ice) Atlas

The Inuit siku (Sea Ice) Atlas

Technical and Design Strategies and Innovations

Lessons Learned


Chapter 15. The Kitikmeot Place Name Atlas


15.1 The Kitikmeot Heritage Society

15.2 The Kitikmeot Atlas Project

15.3 Methodology: A Commitment to the Oral Tradition

15.4 Cyber-Cartography: Let Oral Traditions Speak for Themselves

15.5 Discussion and Future Directions


Chapter 16. The Gwich'in Atlas: Place Names, Maps, and Narratives



The Gwich'in and Their Place Names

Documenting the Names

Mapping Oral Geographic Knowledge

Cybercartographic Approaches and the Gwich'in Atlas



Chapter 17. The Role of Experience in the Iterative Development of the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas


17.1 Introduction

17.2 Iterative Processes in the Development of the Lake Huron Treaty Atlas

17.3 The Iterative Design and Development of the Survey Journeys Maps

17.4 Epiphanic Processes in the Iterative Design and Development of the Survey Journeys Maps

17.5 Discussion and Conclusion



Chapter 18. Considerations for Informed Consent in the Context of Online, Interactive, Atlas Creation


18.1 Introduction

18.2 Project Background

18.3 Consent/Ethics History

18.4 Research Ethics Challenges and Feedback

18.5 Conclusion


Chapter 19. Cybercartography and Traditional Knowledge: Responding to Legal and Ethical Challenges


19.1 Introduction

19.2 Defining TK

19.3 Cybercartography

19.4 How Can TK be Represented in Cybercartography?

19.5 TK in International Law

19.6 The Legal/Normative Framework

19.7 Discussion


Chapter 20. Cybercartography for Education: The Application of Cybercartography to Teaching and Learning in Nunavut, Canada


20.1 Cybercartography and Education: Some Theoretical Considerations

20.2 Cybercartography and Education

20.3 The Educational Context in Nunavut

20.4 The Inuit Siku (Sea Ice) Atlas and High School Education in Nunavut

20.5 The Arctic Bay Atlas and Community College Education in Nunavut

20.6 Conclusion


Chapter 21. The Preservation and Archiving of Geospatial Data and Cybercartography as a Proactive Preservation Process


21.1 Introduction

21.2 The Rescue and Salvage of the CLI

21.3 Canadian Digital Data Consultations and Studies

21.4 Canadian Geospatial Data Preservation Examples

21.5 Establishing a Geospatial Data Preservation System

21.6 Cybercartographic Atlases as ‘Archives’

21.7 Conclusion


Chapter 22. Conclusion and the Future of Cybercartography


22.1 Introduction

22.2 The Age of Location

22.3 Cybercartography and Spatial Data Infrastructures

22.4 Utilizing Geographic Information Management

22.5 Responding to the Growing Individualization of Mapping Technologies

22.6 Preserving Cultural Heritage

22.7 Scaling up of Cybercartography

22.8 Conclusion



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