- Explain how the concept “digital cartographic models” unifies a number of principles for computer cartography
- Identify areas in cartography and visualization that have, and those that have not, advanced because of computational approaches
- Explain how the rise of interoperability and open standards has affected the production of cartographic representations and visualizations
- Explain how optimization techniques are improving the automated design of maps
- Describe the structure and function of geographic names databases (i.e., gazetteer) for use in mapping
- Differentiate between GIS and graphics software tools for mapping and those for visualization purposes
The Cartography & Visualization section encapsulates competencies related to the design and use of maps and mapping technology. This section covers core topics of reference and thematic maps design, as well as the emerging topics of interaction design, web map design, and mobile map design. This section also covers historical and contemporary influences on cartography and evolving data and critical considerations for map design and use.
Topics in this Knowledge Area are listed thematically below. Existing topics are in regular font and linked directly to their original entries (published in 2006; these contain only Learning Objectives). Entries that have been updated and expanded are in bold. Forthcoming, future topics are italicized.