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The World of Maps (English)

The book includes individual chapters covering a variety of cartographic topics and issues that form a coherent introduction, reference volume and work-book for those who are interested in investigating the nature of contemporary mapping. Please note that chapters may be changed with new versions when needed.


Executive Summary

  1. Cartography – Bengt Rystedt
  2. Map Use and Map Reading – Ferjan Ormeling
  3. Geographic Information – Bengt Rystedt (updated on August 15, 2014)

How to Make Maps

  1. Map Design – Vit Vozenilek
  2. Topographic Maps – Bengt Rystedt
  3. Thematic Maps – Ferjan Ormeling
  4. Atlases – Ferjan Ormeling
  5. Geographical Names – Ferjan Ormeling
  6. Map Projections and Reference Systems – M. Lapaine and L. E. Usery
    (updated on September 14, 2014)

How to Use Maps

  1. Map Use at the United Nations – UN Cartographic Section (updated on May 21, 2015)
  2. Setting One’s Course with a Nautical Chart – Michel Huét
  3. Maps for Orienteering and for Finding the Cache – László Zentai
    (updated on September 30, 2014 with an addition of comments on geochaching)

How to Present Maps

  1. Printing Maps – Bengt Rystedt
  2. Web and Mobile Mapping – Michael Peterson

Geographic Information

  1. Geographic Information Access and Availability – Aileen Buckley and Bengt Rystedt
  2. Volunteered Geographic Information – Serena Coetzee

Education and Further Information

  1. Education – David Fairbairn
  2. Tactile Cartography – Alejandra Coll Escanilla, Jennifer Pinto Soto
  3. Further Information

The full book as one file can be downloaded here (PDF, 20mb).


The World of Maps is a book produced to accompany the International Map Year. The perspective of the book is to broaden the knowledge of cartography and geographic information among the general public and especially among school children. It has been translated to several languages, an overview can be found here.