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Mapping is a Labour of Love for This Italian Cartographer
Massimo Cingotti lives in Milan but was born in the Salerno province in Southern Italy. He has been making maps since completing a postgraduate degree in Geographic Information Systems from the Tor Vergata University in Rome, in 2014.
'If there are maps that I would love to make, they would be of my birth territory, the Amalfi Coast, and Cilento National Park.' says Cingotti. 'My favourite place in the world is the Mediterranean region, with it's beautiful colours, smells, and sounds. The local people are known for their hospitality, the quality of the food is incredible and the language has such musicality. Everyone should have a chance to experience life here!'
Cingotti works for Geo4Map, for one of the largest cartographic companies in Italy. Geo4Map produces cartographic products such as paper maps, atlases, wall posters and many other products for tourism, recreation and education, distributing them via their website Libreria Geographica. Georeferenced digital hiking maps of Northern Italy are also sold in the Avenza Map Store.
Within the Geo4Map organization Cingotti oversees the production of hiking maps which he finds to be a complex and challenging process. Each step involves a different team starting with obtaining open source geographic data, which must then be verified, edited and normalized. After transforming the data into geographic formats, design elements are added. Field checking for quality control, and output processing round out the tasks that go into map production.
Geo4Maps regularly updates digital maps in the Map Store to ensure that their the latest information is available to map users. Last year Geo4Map began a collaboration with National Geographic to create a new series of maps dedicated Italian and European long trails. Cingotti feels that this has contributed even further to the quality of their maps.
Every cartographer takes pride in the elements that make their maps special. Cingotti cites accuracy, precision, readability, reliability as being key. 'And of course beauty.' he adds. 'I love to show off the beauty of the Italian landscape. I can do this in person thanks to completing a specialized course to become a nature guide. However, I believe I can also do so on a larger scale through our maps.'