Knowledge cartography

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"The discipline of mapping intellectual landscapes".[1]

Knowledge Cartography (Book)

Author: Marco Quaggiotto, 2008

Project Description

"Knowledge Cartography is part of a PhD research on the visual representation of knowledge. The aim of the research is to extend the cartographic metaphor beyond visual analogy, and to expose it as a narrative model and tool to intervene in complex, heterogeneous, dynamic realities, just like those of human geography".[2]

Focus of Knowledge Cartography

"The map as narration is thus the expression of a communicative purpose. Just like a text, the map makes selections on reality, distorts events, classifies and clarifies the world in order to selections better tell a particular aspect of a territory, an event, a space. When used with malice, it can hide, conceal, falsify or diminish a reality through the construction of an ideological discourse, in which the communicative aims are hidden to the user. In this context, the term ‘map’ is a synonym of visual narration of space: a cultural artefact created by an author to describe a space according to an objective".[3]

Related Reading

Practice Mapping

External Links


  2. Knowledge Cartography (Book)
  3. Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques