Map design and GIS – a survey of map usage amongst GIS users
Author: Lee, J.
Source: Cartographic Journal, The, Volume 32, Number 1, June 1995 , pp. 33-44(12)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:A questionnaire was designed to elicit information about the maps produced by a wide range of users of Geographical Information Systems (GIS); 114 replies were received, 95 of which were usable. It seems as though maps are widely used by GIS operators and they appear to be the primary means of representing results of a GIS analysis. Only two of the 95 respondents did not produce any map output. Both maps and tables were most commonly produced for on-screen display rather than as hardcopy. The majority of users produced maps from commercially purchased data. In most cases, the maps produced were not for publication, and there was a corresponding lack of attention to design quality. Given the extensive use of maps in GIS it is hoped to develop a cartographic design system to enable users to produce meaningful maps which communicate spatial data effectively.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1995-06-01