of web maps
If one looks at the the mapping options, it is possible to distinquish
between several methods that differ in terms of necessary technical skills
from both the user's and provider's perspective.
given here (see scheme below) can only be a snapshot, since development
on the WWW is tremendously fast. This 'classification' is certainly not
carved in stone, and one might easily find examples that would not fit
thes categories, or define new categories or combinations.
classifiation gives an overview of current possibilities, based on how
the map image is used. Click on the above classification to explore samples
of the different types of web maps. The samples in the respective categories
given are randomly chosen form the huge number of possibilities on the
ever growing web, and not necessarily the most representative.
distinction is that between static and
dynamic maps. Each of these categories
is further subdivided into view-only and interactive maps. The most common
map found on the WWW is the static view-only map. Static
maps offer traditional map images, mostly stored as bitmaps. Often the
sources for these maps are original cartographic products, which are scanned
and places on the WWW.
/ Last updated May 11, 2001