Tre definitioner av kartografi:
Cartography is considered as the science of preparing all types of maps and charts and includes every operation from original survey to final printing of maps (United Nations 1949).
Cartography is the art, science and technology of making maps, together with their study as scientific documents and works of art (I.C.A 1973).
Cartography is the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps (I.C.A. 1992).