Basics of Map Production: Common Map Elements and Map Body (Especially for GATE-Geospatial 2022)

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Map production is the process of arranging map elements on a sheet of paper in way that, even without many words, the average person can understand what it is all about.

Maps are usually produced for presentations and reports where the audience or reader is a politician, citizen, or a learner with no professional background in GIS. Because of this, a map must be effective in communicating spatial information.

This Figure Shows Common Map Elements

Other elements that might be added are e. g. a graticule, or name of the map projection (CRS) . Together, these elements help the map reader to interpret the information shown on the map.

The map body is, of course, the most important part of the map because it contains the map information. The other elements support the communication process and help the map reader to orientate himself and understand the map topic.

For example, the title describes the subject matter and the legend relates map symbols to the mapped data.

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