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Creating Your Own Thematic Mapping and Heat Maps:
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interactive world map -  heat mapIf you want to represent your own data with respect to some specific location (e.g. world countries, states, countes), you can think of using thematic maps. Thematic maps are often considered to be a type of heat maps that are designed to designed to show a particular theme, which is related to a specific geographic region.

Thematic maps make use of color-coded areas to show geographic patterns in statistical data, like that of the population or median income of a specific area. There are various types of thematic maps that include choropleth or shaded maps, proportional symbol maps, dot maps, and isarithmic (contour) maps.

You can use thematic maps to get:
  • specific information about a particular locality
  • general information related to spatial patterns
  • a comparison of patterns between two or more maps

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The cartographers who design thematic maps need to keep several important factors in mind, the most significant one being the map's targeted audience. Knowing who are going to use the map will help the cartographers to decide on items that should be used as the reference points as well as the map's theme. For example, a political scientist would need the map to show political boundaries (e.g. 50 United States or counties of US) while a biologist may ask for contours to be depicted on the map. heat map

Since the sources of your data on which the thematic maps are based are very important, they need to be collected with utmost caution and care. That is why cartographers need to find up to date, accurate and reliable sources of information that cover a wide variety of subjects – ranging from demographic data to environmental features, in order to create the most effective and useful maps.

If you now think that it is really a professional's task to create thematic maps by considering all the factors as mentioned above, take heart for technology is here to make the entire job easy. You can now use downloadable desktop software or online mapping solutions to generate your own customized thematic maps that will not only suit your needs the best but even help you check the accuracy of map data. What's more, most mapping software can even help you select the way in which you can use such data, ensuring at the same time that it matches the map's theme.

In case you have thinking about whether to use thematic maps or not for long, chuck away the skepticism and use these maps today to enjoy their benefits for more profits and expansion of business.

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