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The integration of maps: how Mathematica is used in the modelling of geo-objects

H.T. Uitermark
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Innovation in Mathematics: Proceedings of the Second International Mathematica Symposium
Year: 1997
Page range: 475-482

Traditionally, geographic maps are drawn on some material, e.g. paper, but in the last twenty five years maps have been digitized for storage and use in computerized information systems. These so called Geo-Information Systems (abbreviated as GIS) are now dominant in all kinds of geo-disciplines. Computerized maps from a certain region are much more easy to combine then paper maps. However there is still a problem: how do we combine maps from a certain region with different themes in order to query these maps as a whole? This is called the map integration problem. Beside querying multiple map themes map integration is important in using updates from a certain map that are relevant to another map. This paper discusses our experiences in building a prototype of a map integrator in Mathematica.

*Applied Mathematics > Computer Science