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Cartographic generalisation

Cartographic generalisation is the process of simplifying and improving the legibility of cartographic maps aiming to improve map legibility – this has been a long running research theme at Ordnance Survey and one where we have had considerable success.

An example is the contextual displacement of conflicting roads. Conflicts occur when the symbolisation of the roads at the small scale overlap with neighbouring roads. Our process first identifies conflicts between roads; then groups them together by proximity and connectivity into clusters. The displacement process relies on the multi-agent system provided in 1Spatial Radius Clarity platform. It has been configured to allow several different displacement algorithms to be invoked on each cluster, fostering competition to achieve the best result.

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For more information:

Contact: Anne Patrick, Research Project Coordinator

Email: universityenquiries@os.uk

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