XSLT Map Programming
Cartographers work with many various technologies and software enabling a development of web cartographic products. Majority of these applications have two typical characteristic features – they are quite simple to use and process spatial data, but they are very poor with the respect to cartography. They have a limit number of cartographic techniques available. Therefore they are not able to exploit and cover richness of cartography.
It is one of the reason why we use XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language – Transformation) styles in the development process of web thematic maps in the University of West Bohemia in Plzen (Czech Republic). This contribution introduces another benefits of XSLT implementation, including spatial data exploitation, processing and visualization. There are also a lot of examples of maps which have been created by the XSLT styles. The approach based on XSLT styles does not represent only a programmers’ task but also the research connected to particular questions of data harmonization or correct implementation of cartographic techniques. Moreover the XSLT styles and transformations (as well as all structures based on XML) interconnect web cartography with many activities of contemporary geomatics and geoinformatics (including Spatial Data Infrastructures, INSPIRE directive, semantic data or Open Linked Data).
Otakar Čerba is researcher of New Technologies for the Information Society – European Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Otakar studied Geomatics in the Faculty of Applied Sciences in the University of Bohemia in Plzen (Master degree), Teaching of geography and information technologies in the Faculty of Education in the University of Bohemia in Plzen (Master degree) and Cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing in the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science (Ph.D. degree). He is the member of the Commission of Maps and the Internet of International Cartographic Association, member of board of Czech Association for Geoinformation and vice-chair of Czech Center for Science and Society. He cooperated and is cooperating in many national and international projects such as Plan4all, plan4business, Humboldt, Habitats, VisualHealth or development of INSPIRE data specification Natural Risk Zones. Otakar’s research interests lie in the areas of thematic cartography, web cartography, mark-up languages, semantics and ontologies. His teaching includes courses on thematic cartography, computer cartography, history of maps and mappings and social geography for geomatics.
Update 21 November 2013: the presentation slides [PDF, 3 MB] are now online.