According to the terms of reference the WG should: “Review current terms related to cartography and propose new terms and updated definitions to current terms as appropriate”.Adefinition is a subject of many opinions, and it is difficult to get 100% consensus between professionals for definitions within a science. The suggested definitions listed below are a result of discussion in the group. In particular the definition of a map has been thoroughly discussed by the group.

Cartographic mapping is mapping a set of spatially related data, while preserving spatial arrangements and simplifying detail.

A map is a medium designed for communication of generalized spatial information and relationships.

Cartography is the science, technology and art of cartographic mapping and using maps.

A cartographer is a person involved in cartography.

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