Digital cartography provides improved collaboration, less redundancy, greater efficiency in preparation all types of maps, aeronautical & charts and info-graphics. As mobility and communication technologies become available and affordable, the need for ‘going digital’ increases. Initiatives, like Digital India will become reality in years to come. Knowledge Spatial offers Digital Cartography solutions and services for building cartographic databases to generate dynamic, high quality maps, charts & infographics for web publishing and printing.
Digital mapping / digital cartography is the process by which a collection of data is compiled and formatted into a virtual image. The primary function of this technology is to produce maps that give accurate representations of a particular area, detailing major road arteries and other points of interest. It involves the creation and analyses of maps through the use of computers. As such, Geographical Information Systems (Desktop & Web GIS) are an integral tool for Cartography. The purpose of a digital map is to provide a meaningful picture of reality. A map, therefore, can be a particularly useful guide in the orientation of terrain, as well as conveying other multi-faceted information through supplementary annotations.
Cartographically finished maps & charts, are the practical interface for the application of GIS, and they help people engage with geographic information. Interactive maps allow users and business’s to explore places, access information, discover patterns, edit information and analyse information over time to understand trends.
Digital cartography provide improved collaboration, less redundancy, greater efficiency in preparation all types of maps, aeronautical & charts and info-graphics. As mobility and communication technologies become available and affordable, the need for ‘going digital’ increases. Initiatives, like Digital India will become reality in years to come.
Initially, Tablets like the iPad, Windows and Android devices all pulling the world’s population into a mobile future. We don’t see people sending geospatial files through the mail, in fact, most postal agencies are experiencing rapid and fundamental changes as people share files digitally and connect through social media innovations.
As cartographic activities moved along with this change, many people experienced the benefits of digital cartography. They could make maps easier, particularly as automation increase, and they could share data with colleagues more readily – giving rise to people voicing a need for more openness.
Another benefit that arose with digital cartography and increased sharing was the ability to integrate and re-create new data, perform geospatial analysis and to be able to push new found knowledge around the global at the press of a button.
Instantly, anyone around the world can create a map for use in places where they do not live, thereby providing high quality services to the most remote of locations quickly. It is this benefit that can perhaps carry the largest benefits, it extends well beyond the sharing data, collaborating phases, to embrace the publishing and knowledge sharing aspects of information exchange.
Transformation is often the outcome of more knowledge. As digital cartography becomes increasingly available to more people, with greater amounts of details, including cultural intelligence embedded into it, then it should be realized that we are at a time when true, effective and positive transformational change can take place – like no other time. Some Softwares/tool for digital cartography are mention below.
Mapnik is an open source mapping toolkit for desktop- and server-based map rendering, written in C++. One of its many users is the OpenStreetMap project (OSM), which uses it in combination with an Apache Web Server module (mod_tile) to render tiles that make up the OSM ‘Slippy Map’ Layer.An XML file can also be used to define a collection of mapping objects that determine the appearance of a map, or objects can be constructed programmatically in C++, Python, and Node.js.
TileMill a powerful, full-featured library that includes support for RGBA color, True Type fonts, rasters, patterns, and even SVG transforms. Create beautiful interactive maps, Whether you’re a journalist, web designer, researcher, or seasoned cartographer, TileMill is the design studio to create stunning interactive maps.
Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.