Geo-Graphic Map as Representation of the Earth

  • Michele ValentinoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1140)


The object of study is traceable in the questions related to the interpretation of the graphic language of the maps. Maps can be read from different points of view and with different approaches. Specifically, the article pays particular attention to the semiotics of cartography in terms of semantics and syntax in order to illustrate the means by which a map communicates.

The graphic symbols used in preparing the maps can reread them as elements related to the semantics, while their combination and their use allow us to understand the syntax that underlies it.

Through the reading of the graphical elements used in maps, we can guess the ideal appropriation of actually implemented by the cartographer and the aims at the basis of their construction which underlies the reasons for their clients.

In this regard, the article illustrates, through the investigation of some types of maps, how it is possible to construct or deconstruct the graphic language whose purpose is the representation of the Earth.


Carto-graphy Geo-graphy Graphic-thinking Graphic-language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning (DADU)University of SassariAlgheroItaly

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