Cartographic generalization in a digital environment: when and how to generalize

K. S. Shea, R. B. McMaster

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How should cartographic generalization be embodied in a digital environment? This paper will address that question by presenting a logical framework of the digital generalization process which includes: a consideration of the intrinsic objectives of why we generalize; an assessment of the situations which indicate when to generalize; and an understanding of how to generalize using spatial and attribute transformations. In a recent publication, the authors examined the first of these three components. This paper focuses on the latter two areas: to examine the underlying conditions or situations when we need to generalize, and the spatial and attribute transformations that are employed to effect the changes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-67
Number of pages12
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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