Geospatial big data and cartography: research challenges and opportunities for making maps that matter

Anthony C. Robinson, Urška Demšar, Antoni B. Moore, Aileen Buckley, Bin Jiang, Kenneth Field, Menno Jan Kraak, Silvana P. Camboim, Claudia R. Sluter

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Geospatial big data present a new set of challenges and opportunities for cartographic researchers in technical, methodological and artistic realms. New computational and technical paradigms for cartography are accompanying the rise of geospatial big data. Additionally, the art and science of cartography needs to focus its contemporary efforts on work that connects to outside disciplines and is grounded in problems that are important to humankind and its sustainability. Following the development of position papers and a collaborative workshop to craft consensus around key topics, this article presents a new cartographic research agenda focused on making maps that matter using geospatial big data. This agenda provides both long-term challenges that require significant attention and short-term opportunities that we believe could be addressed in more concentrated studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-60
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Cartography
Issue numbersup1
StatePublished - Oct 30 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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