CV-21 - Map Reading
Map reading is the process of looking at the map to determine what is depicted and how the cartographer depicted it. This involves identifying the features or phenomena portrayed, the symbols and labels used, and information about the map that may not be displayed on the map. Reading maps accurately and effectively requires at least a basic understanding of how the mapmaker has made important cartographic decisions relating to map scale, map projections, coordinate systems, and cartographic compilation (selection, classification, generalization, and symbolization). Proficient map readers also appreciate artifacts of the cartographic compilation process that improve readability but may also affect map accuracy and uncertainty. Masters of map reading use maps to gain better understanding of their environment, develop better mental maps, and ultimately make better decisions. Through successful map reading, a person’s cartographic and mental maps will merge to tune the reader’s spatial thinking to the reality of the environment.
DM-88 - Coordinate Transformations
Coordinate transformations are needed to align multiple GIS datasets to one coordinate system when they use multiple coordinate systems. To transform coordinates, the properties of the source and target coordinate systems such as datums, projection methods, and their measurement origins and units should be identified carefully. Implemented in most GIS software and GIS data viewers, the on-the-fly projection technology projects GIS datasets automatically without the need for manual coordinate transformations by users. The coordinate transformation mechanisms for vector and raster datasets are different because the raster datasets require pixel value resampling during coordinate transformations. As a case study, eight GIS datasets were downloaded from multiple websites and were reprojected to a coordinate system in QGIS.