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Proper identification

February 08 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Map Elements

When if ever is it good to put your own name on a map that you have made?

Mapping Center Answer:

A good time to identify the map is whenever you think the map reader might want to 1) verify the authenticity of the map, 2) be able to contact someone about the content of the map, or 3) know who takes responsibility for the map.  In some cases, it is more appropriate to identify the institution, agency or organization that is responsible for the map rather than the individual map maker.  Of course, from a map maker's perspective, adding your name to the map allows you to more easily receive recognition for the work that you did on it.

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