1 Lonskij I.I.
2 Zaharenko I.A.
3 Shlapak V.V.
4 Perevoznikov K.S.
5 Lotova K.S.

Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK)

The evolution of the approach to understanding the quality of the map, from the authenticity, completeness, details of cartographic images and accuracy to using complex systems approach to the criteria for assessing the quality of cartographic products and use of such concepts as the descriptiveness, usefulness and value is considered at the article. The proposed approach of the authors is based upon the analysis and evaluation of the map’s mathematical foundations, the completeness of the maps’ content, authenticity, the geometric accuracy, modernity, the quality of design, scientific and practical value. The requirements for maps’ images, the principles of the cartographic products’ analysis, a set of properties of interest to the consumer were reviewed. The basic properties characterizing the evaluation of the quality of the map were systematized. It is noted that the card is an information product carrier of geospatial information, which displays spatial data. In this context, it is also advisable to assess the information content of the map, which is directly related to consumer card properties. The value and usefulness of the map are determined by its information content. The descriptiveness of the map is determined by the proportion of the information contained there, through which the user can solve the problem he is facing.
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Lonskij I.I., 
Zaharenko I.A., 
Shlapak V.V., 
Perevoznikov K.S., 
Lotova K.S., 
(2017) Evolution of notion "quality of cartographic work". Geodesy and cartography = Geodezia i Kartografia, 78(4), pp. 13-18. (In Russian). DOI: 10.22389/0016-7126-2017-922-4-13-18