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Is there a standard way or policy when it comes to categorizing maps? If so, what is it or where can I find it?

I am not finding anything that is finite. If there is not a standardization for map categorization, could you provide me with any suggestions or professional advice on how to categorize maps for a map gallery?

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I'm not sure there is a standard way of categorizing maps. I've seen some books (textbooks, atlases, etc.) break them down into thematic vs. reference. Others, physical vs. culutural. Or by region. Or pictorial vs., um, non-pictorial?There are probably as many ways to categorize maps as there are maps! :P It probablyalso depends on the particular maps in any given collection of maps. For example, if all of the maps are thematic the thematic vs. reference categories aren't going to help much in breaking down the set of maps into subsets.
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How are maps catalogued (categorized) in Libraries?

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How are maps catalogued (categorized) in Libraries?

By subject, usually. Geographic first, then by theme within that.

To go back to the original question, I'd say you can adopt whatever categorization scheme fits your gallery and its raison d'etre. There are a number of different ways of theoretically approaching maps, and I'd start there. Or if you're feeling creative, invent your own. Unless you need to conform to some external theoretical structure (in which case it should already be clear what you will have to do), I'd think one of the joys of organizing a collection of anything is that you get to choose how to organize it. Kind of like making a map, come to think of it.

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