Marina del Rey area on a county map of the state of California.

A Guide to Understanding Map Scale in Cartography

Caitlin Dempsey

Map scale refers to the ratio between the distance on a map and the corresponding distance on the Earth's surface.

1Spatial - OSM Data Styled for 1:50 Display

Neocartography Can Be Beautiful, Cartography Can Be Fast


Nicolas Regnauld, Product Manager at 1Spatial discuss the debate about neocartography versus traditional cartography and the evolution towards creating more intelligent automation tools for creating maps.

Smoothing a line using the Generalize tool in ArcGIS. Image: Esri.

Generalization in GIS

Caitlin Dempsey

Generalization is the method used in GIS to reduce detail in data. Learn about how to generalize GIS data using QGIS, ArcGIS, and other software tools.