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Scaling as a design principle for cartography
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Land management, GIS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2337-2486
2016 (English)In: Annals of GIS, ISSN ISSN: 1947-5683 ; EISSN: 1947-5691Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

There are two fundamental laws of geography: scaling law and Tobler’s law. Scaling law is available across all scales ranging from the smallest to the largest, and it states that there are far more small things than large ones in geographic space. Tobler’s law is available in one scale, and it states that more or less similar things tend to be nearby or related. In this short article, I claim scaling as a design principle for cartography, but what I really wanted to convey is that scaling must become a dominant principle, if not the principle, of cartographic design. All other principles can, should, and must be subordinated to the major and dominant one.

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Scaling law, head/tail breaks, cartographic design
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22871DOI: 10.1080/19475683.2016.1251491ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84996599826OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22871DiVA: diva2:1050252
Available from: 2016-11-28 Created: 2016-11-28 Last updated: 2016-12-07Bibliographically approved

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