Geografie 2013, 118, 40-58

Representation of time and the creation of a temporal legend in animated cartographic works

Lukáš Vít1, Jan D. Bláha2

1TERRA-KLUB o. p. s., Americká 5, 120 00 Praha 2, Czechia
2Univerzita J. E. Purkyně v Ústí nad Labem, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra geografie, České mládeže 8, 400 96 Ústí nad Labem, Czechia

Received August 2011
Accepted November 2012

The article provides an analysis of the possibilities for the graphic presentation of time in animated cartographic works. After a brief introduction presenting the problem of capturing time and action within the framework of cartographic production, the article mentions methods commonly used for the expression of time in cartographic animations and indicates their weakness: as a rule, these methods don’t reflect the temporo-spatial progression of events that a cartographic work strives to capture. The article then proposes a general approach recommended for the design and creation of temporal legends for animated maps in order to eliminate this flaw. This general approach is then applied to a sample group of cartographic works that depict historical battles.


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