The making and reading of maps.

Audubon Map
Image from Steve Bowers
Maps may be hardcopy or virch, dumb or interactive, single-layered or multidimensional, non-fractal or fractal, non-sentient, sentient, or even hyperturing, inorganic or organic, or of any other qualities. It may portray a local planetary territory, a city, a building, a local net or virchscape, an orbital settlement, a region of interplanetary or interstellar space (although this last is generally included under the more specific heading of astrocartography or astrography), a cycler or beamrider network, a wormhole nexus, or even a phylogenetic, evolutionary, or noetic diagram. Often various interactive and intelligent symbols and icons are used to enhance the presentation of information. While some are extremely accurate, others (especially living maps) may contain whimsical and misleading additions.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev, modified from the original write-up by Robert J. Hall
Initially published on 24 September 2001.