The Cognitive Conceptual Approach as a Leitmotif for Map Design

Alexander Klippel, Paul U. Lee, Sara Fabrikant, Daniel R. Montello, and John Bateman

This paper explores the possibility of organizing map design around conceptual spatial representations (CSRs). CSR refers to a mental representation that is instantiated in interaction with a spatial environment, a spatial representational medium, and/or while solving spatial problems. For this approach we coin the term cognitive conceptual. We detail the basic assumptions in a contrastive manner, i.e., by juxtaposing it against a stylized cartographic approach, and indicate future directions for this research.

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