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Mapping for a sustainable world – University of Twente

The United Nations identified seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address the most pressing problems facing our world.

Well-designed maps and diagrams can assist in achieving these goals. With this in mind, the International Cartographic Association together with United Nations Geospatial Information Section has written the book Mapping for a Sustainable World. One of the main writers was Menno-Jan Kraak, University of  Twente Professor in Geovisual Analytics and Cartography (Faculty of ITC).


The design of maps and diagrams is an intentional process, and the same subject can be mapped or charted in several different, equally appropriate ways. However, some design decisions are suboptimal for particular mapping contexts. The book summarizes guidelines for mapping geographic datasets related to the SDGs by introducing basic principles of map design and use, discussing established best practices and conventions, and explaining how different mapping techniques support understanding of the SDGs.


Read more: University of Twente, partner Think East Netherlands