Purpose of the Map
Before embarking on the complex task of producing a map, cartographers must first consider two fundamental points:
- The purpose of the map, and
- It's target audience.
Only after these have been defined should design and production commence. These points are critical to determining what is shown or omitted from the map, how key features will be highlighted while other less important elements are not etc.
Examples of legal purposes include restrictions on use such as use prohibited areas – e.g. military training areas ⁄ bombing ranges, hunting ⁄ fishing zones etc.
Steps in Production a Map
These are the key steps in producing a map: