Digital Cartography and Design - 1st semester


a) Develop practices and procedures of acquiring information and cartographic design in multidisciplinary context; b) Deepen knowledge of graphic semiology; c) Assess, scientifically and technically, information structures in a perspective of sustainable land management; d) Apply the design as a methodology for the conceptualization of cartography; e) Develop skills for autonomous learning of mapping and GIS software; f) Conceptualize solutions for representing multi-scale analysis using the software for computer aided design and geographic information systems; g) Develop critical skills in the selection, acquisition and cartographic editing for different audiences.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jorge Ricardo Ferreira, Nuno Pires Soares


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





BÉGUIN, M., PUMAIN, D. (2010). La Representation des données gógraphiques. Statistic et Cartographie, Paris, Armand Colin, 3e édition. BERTIN, J. (2005). Sémiologie Graphique. Les diagrammes, les réseaux, les cartes, Paris, EHESS, 4e édition. DODGE, M., KITCHIN, R. (2001). Atlas of Cyberspace, Harlow, England, Adisson-Wesley, Pearson Education, 2001. ESRI (2011). GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook, Fourth Edition. ROBINSON, A-H, Elements of cartography (1995). New York, John Wiley and Sons, 6th edition. (Excertos de outros manuais, workbooks ou outros conteúdos on-line de livre disponibilização, que se considerem de referência para a Unidade Curricular).

Teaching method

The teaching methods are based on theoretical / practical classes where emphasis is placed on the conceptual explanation and analysis of case studies.

Evaluation method

Regarding the evaluation, this includes: - Reading of selected texts whose contents are discussed (10%); - Individual work followed by teachers, based on the resolution of practical cases, where it comes to the application of concepts, methods and techniques of cartography, both in the analogue environment, whether digital. Elaboration of a layout with an oral presentation (90%).

[According to the FCSH Assessment Standards, the proposed evaluation elements to introduce students in the first class may suffer readjustments, particularly in the percentage of each element.]

Subject matter

1) Image, mapping and communication; 2) Concepts and applications of advanced cartographic language and semiotics; 3) The cartographic process: design, production and validation; 4) Conceptual generalization and graphics; 5) File Conversion from Autocad (dxf) to Shapefile (shp); 6) Fundamentals of projections and coordinate systems: Definition of geographic coordinate system (GCS) and projection of a shapefile over a GCS; 7) Acquiring and editing information in vector data model: Attributes of graphic elements: level, color,thickness and style; Graphics digitalization; analysis tools, visualization and manipulation; Texts: Beyond the basics, placement and manipulation; Color: Beyond the basics on the color cube; Using layouts in different scales; Digital mapping validation and GIS standards for quality control; 8) Catalog of objects from the Portuguese Geographic Institute and for mapping.