Map Design

Design Variety

5710.4 - Characterizing maps from visual properties

Wednesday, July 5
5:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Coolidge

Customized mapping needs to rely on a strategy to help map-makers in designing their maps. Our approach is based on analogy between existing sample maps and the wished customized map. The challenge is to be able to propose to map-makers adapted maps according to their 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 maps database was built in order to collect assessment of participants about the visual properties. Test results were investigat-ed by property and by statistical feature. Analyses show that among properties, some are scored as more extreme and/or unanimous than others. Correlations be-tween properties were also highlighted, which leads to precise the characterization of sample maps. We then proposed a way to discover the database in a custom-made map process by relevant queries based on statistical features of properties. Recommendations on exploiting a sample maps database are finally formulated.

Catherine Dominguès

Senior Researcher
Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière

Catherine Dominguès leads searches in COGIT at the French IGN. Her research interest covers corpus analysis and annotation with natural language processing tools and methods. Her research activities are automatic detection and analyze of geolocated information (geographical and thematic objects, named entities) in written texts or transcripts of oral interviews.


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Laurence Jolivet

Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière

Laurence Jolivet is a searcher at COGIT in French IGN. Her main research deals with analysing and mapping spatial data about different application themes, specifically in landscape ecology and in movements studies.


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Kenneth Field

Resident Cartographer
Esri Inc

Dr Kenneth Field is a self-confessed cartonerd. After 20 years in UK academia he now works at Esri in cartographic research and development. He undertakes research, writes, teaches and blogs about map design, is Past-Editor of The Cartographic Journal, co-founder of the Journal of Maps and is on the advisory board of the International Journal of Cartography. He is Chair of the ICA Map Design Commission, Fellow of the British Cartographic Society and Royal Geographic Society and a Chartered Geographer (GIS). He has won numerous awards for mapping and for cartographic pedagogy. He tweets as @kennethfield and blogs at


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