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Appendix
Views from an electronic multimedia atlas
A mosaic of national atlases
 

Atlases are probably the most well known cartographic products. Today one can distinguish among references atlases, school atlases, topographic atlases, national atlases and thematic atlases. Each type has its own structure designed to reach the atlas objectives. The first electronic atlases were just copies of paper editions, and are known as view-only atlases. Later options offered by the digital (WWW) environment include interaction and dynamics. This introduced interactive and analytical atlases. These atlases allow the user to decide on the map detail viewed and often also on its representation. It often includes an interactive relation between the map and other media via hyperlinks. Multimedia elements such as text, images and animations can be linked to the map. This environment is familiar to users of the WWW.
Most atlas types have WWW-versions. Of all atlases the national atlas is the most special. National atlases map all the particularities of a country. On the WWW these atlases can be part of the national geospatial data. By presenting a detailed view of the physical and social aspects of a country, the atlas as such is not only a mechanism to inform, but could be part of the geospatial WWW search engine - another entrance to the geospatial data organised via a clearinghouse. Geospatial data providers participating in a clearinghouse are also the data sources for a national atlas. In respect to the National Atlas, the idea is that each organisation makes up-to-date data available at a certain level of aggregation.

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