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Getting Started with Mapping Toolbox


Create Your First World Map

This example shows how to use the Mapping Toolbox to create a world map.

About Mapping

What Is a Map?

A map is a representation of geographic data. Map data represents a set of geographic locations or properties.

What Is Geospatial Data?

Geospatial data is a type of spatial data that is absolutely or relatively positioned on a planet.

Vector Geodata

Vector geodata consists of sequentially ordered pairs of geographic (latitude, longitude) or projected (x,y) coordinate pairs.

Raster Geodata

Raster geodata represents map data in matrix format.

Understanding Latitude and Longitude

Latitude and longitude specify the position of a point on the surface of a planet.

Shape of the Earth

The Earth can be modeled as a perfect sphere, an oblate spheroid, an ellipsoid, or a geoid.

What Is a Map Projection?

A map projection transforms a curved surface such as the Earth onto a two-dimensional plane.

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