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Defining a topographic mapping and map revision system with reference to the state of world mapping

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Fairbairn


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Over the past 20 years, developments in digital photogrammetry and digital mapping technology have paved the way for an improved quality and a greater variety of available map products. It is unclear whether these improvements are being adopted worldwide, as there is little reported evidence of their widespread use in the developing world. This paper discusses the results of a survey carried out to assess various aspects of the state of mapping in less developed countries, and presents the case that to date these technological advances have had little impact on the quality of maps in these countries. One potential avenue to improve the state and quality of mapping is through successive map revisions. Recommendations are put foward regarding the requirements for a practical topographic mapping and map revision system, aimed at reducing the gap in the quality of mapping between developed and developing countries.

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Author(s): Davis DJA, Fairbairn D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ITC Journal

Year: 1998

Volume: 1998

Issue: 2

Pages: 106-112

Print publication date: 01/01/1998

ISSN (print): 0303-2434

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