CARGEN Project

CARGEN Project

Cartographic Generalization
GIRTS Lab
The CARGEN project whose name means CARtographic GENeralization starts in 2006 as a cooperation among the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova, the local government Regione Veneto and the Italian national mapping agency, the IGM - Istituto Geografico Militare.
CARGEN is a research project whose aim is to study and develop an automatic process to generalize the IGM geodatabase in 1:25000 scale from the Regional geodatabase in 1:5000 scale.
The algorithms developed during the project embrace all the field of generalization, and comprehend, among others, hydrography selection and pruning, simplification of road networks, generalization of buildings, displacement.
The first part of the project was completed in 2009, and the results were presented at the conference held at Palazzo Bò, in Padova, in July 2009.
A second part of the project was immediately started, aiming now to the generalization of the IGM 1:50000 geodatabase.

The CARGEN project, one of the first (if not the only) in Italy to study the problems of cartographic generalization, is active not only in a national scope, but joins actively the developments of the International research community in this field.

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