Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Miscellanea Geographica

Regional Studies on Development

4 Issues per year

CiteScore 2016: 0.40

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.227
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.404

Covered by e.g. Web of Science Core Collection by Clarivate Analytics, and SCOPUS by Elsevier
14 points in the Ministerial journal value rating scale

Open Access
See all formats and pricing
More options …

Choropleth maps and diagram maps in atlas of cartographic presentation methods

Jacek Pasławski / Jolanta Korycka-Skorupa / Tomasz Nowacki / Tomasz Opach
Published Online: 2012-10-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10288-012-0022-5


The online Atlas kartograficznych metod prezentacji [Atlas of cartographic presentation methods, hereinafter the Atlas] is a research project being carried out at the Department of Cartography of the University of Warsaw. The aim of the project is to systematize knowledge about the use of cartographic presentation methods. This study discusses selected issues related to two of the five presentation methods analysed in the project, viz. the choropleth map and the diagram map. A rational application of two quite commonly-used presentation methods leads to a number of problems. These problems are most easily visible during attempts to program its implementation in the web-based Atlas and are largely due to the difficulties with drawing a clear boundary between what is a good and a bad map. For this reason, the system operator’s skill and eye for the graphics of semi-automated visualisation seem to be of key importance.

Keywords : Cartographic presentation methods; choropleth map; diagram map; class selection; graduated symbol scaling

  • Bajer, A & Korycka-Skorupa, J 2008, ‘Kartodiagram w wybranych programach komputerowych’ [Diagram Map in Selected Computer Software]. Polski Przegląd Kartograficzny, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 247-266. English summary.Google Scholar

  • Buczkowski, K & Garstka, A 1991, ‘Pragmatyczne aspekty skalowania diagramów’, [Pragmatic Aspects of Graduated Symbol Scaling]. Polski Przegląd Kartograficzny, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 79-85. English summary.Google Scholar

  • Cuff, DJ & Bieri, KR 1979, ‘Ratios and Absolute Amounts Conveyed by a Stepped Statistical Surface’. The American Cartographer, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 157-168.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Dmochowski, M & Pasławski, J 2000, ‘Kartogram w wybranych programach komputerowych’ [Choropleth Map in Selected Computer Programs]. Polski Przegląd Kartograficzny, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 288-301. English summary.Google Scholar

  • Encyklopedia PWN. Available from: <http:// www.encyklopedia.pwn.pl >. [7 May 2012].Google Scholar

  • Jenks, GF 1973, ‘Visual Integration in Thematic Mapping: Fact or Fiction?’ International Yearbook of Cartography, vol. 13, pp. 27-35.Google Scholar

  • Korycka-Skorupa, J & Nowacki, T & Opach, T & Pasławski, J 2010, ‘Internetowy „Atlas metod kartograficznych” czyli krok ku formalizacji kartograficznych metod prezentacji’ [Internet Atlas of cartographic methods - a step towards formalising cartographic methods of presentation]. “Prace i Studia Kartograficzne”, vol. 3 Polska kartografia w dobie przemian metodycznych i technologicznych [Polish cartography in the Era of Methodological and Technological Change], Warsaw: Polish Geographical Society - Section of Cartography, pp. 187-190, English summary.Google Scholar

  • Kraak, MJ & Ormeling, F 1998, Kartografia. Wizualizacja danych przestrzennych [Cartography. Visualisation of Spatial Data]. Warsaw. Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN (In Polish)Google Scholar

  • Pasławski, J 1982, O konstrukcji objaśnień kartogramów i map izoliniowych’ [On the Construction of Choropleth and Isopleth Map Explanations]. Polski Przegląd Kartograficzny, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 114-122. English summary.Google Scholar

  • Pasławski, J 1991, ‘Dane statystyczne a kartogram’ [Statistical Data and the Choropleth Presentation]. Polski Przegląd Kartograficzny, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 73-79. English summaryGoogle Scholar

  • Pasławski, J 2003, Jak opracować kartogram [How to Make a Choropleth Map]. 2nd ed. Warsaw: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies. English Summary.Google Scholar

  • Pravda, J 1983, Zákon kartogramu a problem vyjadrovania nerozlohovych charakteristik. Geogr. Časopis, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 136-159.Google Scholar

  • Robinson, AH & Morrison, JL & Muehrcke, PC & Kimerling, AJ & Guptill, SC 1995, Elements of Cartography. 6th ed. New York. John Wiley & Sons Inc.Google Scholar

  • Salishchev, KA 1998, Kartografia ogólna [General cartography]. Warsaw. Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWNGoogle Scholar

  • Spallek, W 2007, ’Funkcje kartograficzne MapViewer’ [Cartographic Functions of MapViewer]. Kartograficzne programy komputerowe [Computer Software for Cartography], eds. W. Żyszkowska, W. Spallek. University of Wrocław, pp. 123-134. English Summary.Google Scholar

  • Tomaszewska, M 2009, ‘Sposoby ujęcia danych a poprawność map opracowanych metodą kartogramu’ [Data Character and Correctness of Choropleth Maps]. Polski Przegląd Kartograficzny, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 209-22. English summary.Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar

About the article

Published Online: 2012-10-18

Published in Print: 2012-10-01

Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica - Regional Studies on Development, Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 49–56, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, ISSN (Print) 0867-6046, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10288-012-0022-5.

Export Citation

This content is open access.

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in