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Careers in Cartography > Disciplines and related subjects

Introduction :: Definitions :: Statements :: Disciplines :: Key skills :: Education :: View of Cartographers

The study and practice of cartography as explained in the previous section deals with a variety of disciplines.
A number of these are listed and briefly defined below to help you not only to choose the correct course to study relating to cartography, but to give you additional insight into the diversity of the field.

The History of Mapping and Cartography
The form of maps through out time, from the earliest representation of a place on a piece of stone, through medieval maps and charts, including the Great Explorers and the methods employed to generate maps in the past.

The method by which accurate topographic maps are derived from aerial photographs.

Remote Sensing
The means by which spatial and environmental data about the earth can be acquired by sensors located in satellites and aircraft.

Topographic Surveying
The principles and methods by which topographic features (roads, paths, houses, natural features) may be accurately measured on the ground and plotted as maps.

Cartographic Design and Communication
The way in which maps are designed to effectively communicate their contained detail to the map user. How the use of colour, symbolisation, style, etc. affects the way we perceive the information. Cartographic design involves all publication mediums, from paper to the Web.

Geographical Information Systems. A GIS combines applied Geography, Cartography and Computing. It is a way of using digital maps to see, model and analyse what is happening in the world.

3D Visualisation
The representation of spatial data as a virtual 3D image, enhancing recognition and communication of the information.

Map production
The methods employed to generate maps for a wide variety of publication mediums, from paper to onscreen maps. Map production has changed dramatically in the last few years with new technologies enabling the cartographer to broaden their design ideas and the application of maps.

Desk-top Publishing
The process of combining images and text together in a format ready for printing and publication.

Web Design
The effective design, generation and publication of material on the world wide web.

Map Curatorship
The collection, preservation and promotion of maps and spatial data.

This list is in no way exhaustive.
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