Elsevier · Taylor, Lauriault: Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, 2nd Edition · Chapter 2: From Cybercartography to the Paradigm of Geocybernetics: A Formal Perspective

Chapter 2: From Cybercartography to the Paradigm of Geocybernetics: A Formal Perspective

Fernando López-Caloca, Rodolfo Sánchez-Sandoval, María del Carmen Reyes, Alejandra A. López-Caloca

Centro de Investigación en Geografía y Geomática Ing. J. L. Tamayo A.C. (CentroGeo), México

The chapter ‘Cybercartography from a Modeling Perspective’ established an initial cognitive framework for this innovative concept. At that time, systems theory, modeling, and the theory of cybernetics were assumed to be the main theoretical building blocks. Meanwhile, geocybernetics encompasses not only cybercartography but also concepts such as the geomatics prototype, the Reyes method, and emerging knowledge networks. These all have in common theoretical building blocks such as chaos theory, complexity theory, and metamathematics. This new paradigm gives theoretical support to extensive empirical work developed over the last 30 years within the realm of geomatics. In science, the formalization of emerging knowledge domains is a key to its understanding and advancement. In this chapter, the authors propose four ideas as driving forces for the formalization of geocybernetics: conceptual languages, an analogy with metamathematics, scientific qualitative prose, and a perspective based on visual languages.

Keywords: ‘Chunk’ concepts; Conceptual language; Conceptual metasynthesis; Cybercartography; Emergent knowledge network; Geocybernetics; Mexico; Metamathematics; Qualitative prose; Reyes method; Visual language.


Figure 2.1 Knowledge based approach.


Figure 2.2 Components of the Reyes method.

Figure 2.3 ‘Chunk’ concepts of the Lake of Chapala artifact.