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Proceedings of the ICA
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Articles | Volume 5
07 Aug 2023
 | 07 Aug 2023

Jupyter Technology as a Cartographer's Work Environment: A Case Study

Kamil Choromański, Dariusz Gotlib, and Jakub Łobodecki

Keywords: Jupyter notebook, cartography, interactive maps, spatial data science, geoinformation

Abstract. The article describes research experiments carried out to test the feasibility of using Jupyter technology as a tool to assist cartographers. The case study includes several examples typical of the stage of data preparation and analysis prior to the execution of the cartographic presentation itself. At the same time, the possibility of performing simple cartographic presentations useful at the stage of analysis performed by various researchers is presented in this environment. The purpose of the cases discussed is not to perform a complex and typical cartographic task but to highlight Jupyter Notebook's usefulness in cartographers' work.

The authors introduce the essential features of this technology, briefly describe the experiments performed using geospatial cyberinfrastructure, and demonstrate the overall potential and limitations of the Jupyter environment. It’s most important advantages include a possibility of prototyping as part of the map development process, automation of geodata preparation processes, and facilitation of teamwork and sharing work results. The experiments confirmed the usefulness of the technology, although they also demonstrated some particular requirements and barriers in its use. Subsequent research teams can use the Jupyter notebooks that were created as part of the experiment.

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