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TitreThe Atlas of Canada after 100 years - user centred development and evolution
AuteurKramers, R E
SourceProceedings of the XXII International Cartographic Conference; par International Cartographic Association; 2005, 18 pages
Année2005
Séries alt.Secteur des sciences de la Terre, Contribution externe 20080315
RéunionXXII International Cartographic Conference; La Coruna; ES; juillet 9-16, 2005
Documentlivre
Lang.anglais
Mediapapier
ProvinceColombie-Britannique; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Québec; Nouveau-Brunswick; Nouvelle-Écosse; Île-du-Prince-Édouard; Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador; Territoires du Nord-Ouest; Yukon; Nunavut
SNRC1; 2; 3; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 52; 53; 54; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 62; 63; 64; 65; 66; 67; 68; 69; 72; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 82; 83; 84; 85; 86; 87; 88; 89; 92; 93; 94; 95; 96; 97; 98; 99; 102; 103; 104; 105; 106; 107; 114O; 114P; 115; 116; 117; 120; 340; 560
Lat/Long OENS-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500
Sujetstopographie; cartographie par ordinateur; techniques de cartographie; cartographie; numérisation; collectes des données; méthodes de rassemblement; compilation; divers; géomathématique
Illustrationsscreen captures; tables; flow charts
ProgrammeAtlas du Canada
Résumé(disponible en anglais seulement)
The 6th Edition of The Atlas of Canada was launched in August 1999 at the 19th International Cartographic Association Conference in Ottawa, Canada. In 2006 the 100th anniversary of the Atlas will be celebrated as Canada’s premier mapping resource. This on-line Atlas contains over 1400 maps from all six editions since 1906 (http://atlas.gc.ca/site/english/about us/), offering an unparalleled view of Canada, its people, environment, economy and history. It is a freely available, completely Internet-based interactive atlas that uses current on-line interactive mapping software and technologies. The main objective of The Atlas of Canada is to provide the most interesting, dynamic and comprehensive collection of maps and related information about Canada available anywhere on the Internet, with effective and intuitive tools for users to access them. Using interactive maps, text, multimedia aids and supporting documents, users are provided with geographic information about issues and themes of interest.

A considerable amount of quantitative and qualitative research has been conducted to guide the Atlas. The results have allowed it to become a more user-friendly and accessible product. Specific examples will be presented showing the evolution of its thematic mapping user interface, integration and visualization of topographic data and its offering of 100 years, through five previous editions, of traditional mapping in an online product. The Atlas serves a broad general public and educational audience in a large and very diverse country. These user groups responded poorly to earlier GIScentric mapping environments so it was necessary to research the issues and develop something new.

Ingenuity, working with users and exploring alternate avenues have allowed The Atlas of Canada to become a leader in not only National Atlases but in developing effective and usable on-line mapping products. This paper presents the Atlas' user-centred design and development methodology, lessons learned, followed by three case studies.
GEOSCAN ID225630