B. P. Buttenfield, W. A. Mackaness

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Visualization is an important component of any effort to understand, analyse or explain the distribution of phenomena on the surface of the earth, and will become increasingly important as volumes of digital spatial data become more unmanageable. Although the principles of designing displays of spatial data have been investigated for centuries, very little use has been made of such principles in GIS. It is argued here that GIS needs to pay much more attention to visualization research and to the principles of good map design. The chapter begins with a history of visualization research in the context of GIS and then presents an overview of the major areas of visualization and cartographic design. -Authors

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeographical information systems. Vol. 1: principles
EditorsD.J. Maguire
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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