Cartographic Concepts and Resources

Maps communicate through abstraction. Map symbology like icons, colour choices, and  legends are central to map design. Here you will find information on cartographic methods to create attractive maps.

Overview of Using a Map and Compass

A Fact Sheet about how to navigate using a map and compass from the U.S. Geological Survey:

Overview of Map Scales

A fact sheet produced by the U.S. Geological Survey about Map Scales:

Overview of Geodetic Datums

An excellent overview of Geodetic Datums courtesy of Peter H. Dana. Developed in 1995, these materials form part of the larger project, The Geographer's Craft (Department of Geography, The University of Colorado at Boulder).

BC MSRM ARC/INFO and ArcView Symbology

The BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management has developed its own set of ARC/INFO and ArcView display symbology for all data that it uses. This symbology is intended to be adequate for simple viewing, but cannot replace custom design for cartographic products.