Web Cartography is written in such a way that it can easily be used as either a textbook for undergraduates who need to learn from the ground up or as a refresher text for those who are familiar with mapping on or off the web. The orderliness is excellent as the author moves through the text from the basic notions of maps as communication devices to the essentials of map design. Muehlenhaus then goes into the overlapping areas where print maps and web maps have similar needs and then on to the unique aspects of web mapping.
Each chapter is well organized using the tried-and-true pedagogical techniques of telling the reader briefly what the chapter will cover and then following that plan in a well-organized and easy to read form. He ends each chapter with a review of those key concepts along with further resources including both readings and websites. He is generous in providing URLs to the tools, APIs, and tutorials that he discusses in the chapter. In addition there is a website associated with the text that also has the book’s resources in one central location as well as additions that he will make as he becomes aware of further resources (http://www.ian.muehlenhaus. com/webcartography).
Map and Data Services Librarian
The University of Illinois at Chicago