On the Cartographic Communication of Places (Short Paper)

Author Franz-Benjamin Mocnik

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Franz-Benjamin Mocnik
  • University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria

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Franz-Benjamin Mocnik. On the Cartographic Communication of Places (Short Paper). In 12th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 277, pp. 54:1-54:6, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)


Maps are excellent as a medium for communicating spatial configurations at geographical scales. However, the communication of thematic qualities of geographical features is constrained by the traditionally assumed strict classification of features on the map and the strong focus on spatial representation. This is despite the fact that places are central aspects of everyday life that we use to structure our experiences and thus the need to include them in many maps. This paper explores how places can be communicated through the map medium. In particular, it addresses the question of the extent to which places are mediated or merely referenced, and the extent to which maps already communicate places through its inherent spatial and thematic aspects. This is followed by a discussion of how maps not only communicate but also shape places. In perspective, this contributes to a better and more targeted representation of places, especially through maps, but also advances our understanding of how places are conceptually entangled with spatial and thematic aspects.

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  • representation
  • reference
  • mediation
  • intentionality
  • conceptualization
  • maps


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