axpand Circular Process
Because map production was originally a pen-and-paper endeavor, the production process developed into a linear one - there is a beginning, a middle and an end. When GIS systems came into play, map producers were forced to go digital and automate at least parts of their processes. Unfortunately, GIS systems were not designed to create or produce maps according to the traditions of cartography. When Axes Systems decided to build a system specialized for cartography, we knew that it not only had to show high levels of automation, great graphic design, and a seamless, multi-representation data base, it needed to be based on a process that allowed for the data to remain in the data base so that the cartographic changes could be maintained over time. Updating has become a major challenge to map producers. The Circular Process allows for updating at any point without the data leaving the system and without losing changes.