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John Krygier 9/18/15

What is it?

What's a map?

Map: one official definition: "a symbolized image of geographic reality, representing selected features or characteristics, resulting from the creative efforts of cartographers and designed for use when spatial relationships are of special relevance" (ICA, 1995)

Map: 321 Definitions [here too]

Definition 322: Map: "a spatial representation of reality"

Definition 323: Map: "A graphic statement that locates facts" (from Krygier & Wood, 1st edition, 2005)

The point of Map Definition 323 was that maps are a kind of statement - about facts, beliefs, a kind of argument about stuff in the world.

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