||Na podstawie analizy stanu polskiej kartografii autor przedstawia swój pogląd na jej rolę jako dyscypliny naukowej i dylematów z tym związanych, zwracając uwagę na konieczność powiązania jej funkcji praktycznej (np. wydawniczej) i badawczej. W kontekście szybko rozwijających się systemów informacji przestrzennej autor widzi konieczność reorientacji kierunków badawczych kartografii jako segmentu w interdyscyplinarnej dziedzinie, jaką jest geoinformatyka.
||Geography and cartography seem to be the complementary branches in Poland, however the emancipation trends in cartography led to the distinct definition of its scope of interest, and to the intensification of theoretical research, which however, has recently been slowed down. The standard of cartography can be reflected by particular maps, and the innovative ideas of their elaboration and use. The Polish cartography has significant achievements in elaboration of concepts of many thematic maps: geological, geomorphological, land use, hydrological and recenly also geoecological (especially large-scale), as well as national atlases ("Atlas Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej", 1998), regional ones (e.g. "Atlas Śląska Dolnego i Opolskiego", 1997), thematic ("Atlas Hydrologiczny Polski" "Atlas Tatrzańskiego Parku Narodowego") and finally city atlases (Cracow, Warsaw, Poznań). However, the editorial standards did not always come up to these achievements. The existence of censorship before 1990 impoverished the content of many maps. Technological changes in computer mapping and GIS are certainly the key issue of contemporary cartography. Such circumstances force cartography to reorient. It is important, however, to preserve the existing quality. Computer technology and GIS are certain to have extended the possibilities of elaboration and use of both topographic and thematic maps. But the point is, whether these technologies also have an impact on the essence of maps. At the same time, the tendencies to oversimplificate the map content can be traced, which do not always comply with the traditional canons of cartography (scale, generalization, forms of presentation). The access to large databases, especially relational, is certainly advantageous, specifically for planning and managing purposes, which is of great importance during the period of economic and administrative transformations in Poland. The competition on cartographic market contributes to the increase of standard of cartographic publications. The present state of cartography requires: - to continue the theoretical research in the context of GIS, - the compatibility of practical and theoretical cartography, - the combined use of different types of data to the elaboration of maps (including aerial and satellite imagery). One should realize, that the focus of contemporary cartography is shifting toward the new interdisciplinary branch of geoinformation technology.