Ukr. geogr. z. 2018, N4:59-69
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V.S. Chabaniuk - Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv.
The aim of the work is to intensify the modern research of Language of map. Preferably for digital topographic and analogue full maps, such studies were performed in the last century. Modernity requires the rethinking and development of Language of map ​​for current theoretical and practical applications mostly in the context of spatial systems and their subset - Atlas information systems (AtIS). In this context, the current problems and perspectives of the ‘language-knowledge’ system, which is a system of the ‘language-knowledge-power’ super-system, are considered in the paper. As a methodology, the Conceptual framework of AtIS and Relational cartography, also as the achievements of the Model based engineering (MBE) are used. It was first proved that the past maps and corresponding Languages of map are represented by the models and languages ​​of the MBE of the lowest hierarchical tiers. Each such language is determined by the appropriate meta-model (meta-map). The model (map), the meta-model (meta-map), and the language (Language of map) are in steady relations and belong also to the lowest strata of Relational cartography. The relation between the elements of adjacent strata is epistemological - the upper stratum contains more knowledge about the map. Modern information systems are described by four hierarchy tiers of MBE. The same hierarchy is built for a map – meta1-map – meta2-map – meta3-map. These elements belong to the corresponding strata of Relational cartography. It is also shown that the hierarchy of metan-maps, where n = 1, 2, 3, corresponds to the hierarchy of the Language of map - the Language of the meta1-map - the Language of the meta2-map. Described the vertical hierarchy of the modern Language of map is called (incomplete) variant of its deconstruction. It is argued that the elements of the deconstruction results are closely interconnected. Studying the elements of deconstruction and the relations between them will allow us to speak about the theoretical or controlled development of cartography and Languages of map. Otherwise, one will have to agree that the development of cartography and Languages of map ​​is purely empirical or random.
Key words: 
Language of map, Conceptual framework, deconstruction of cartographic knowledge, Model based engineering, ‘language-knowledge’ system

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