Considerably more than 50-percent of applications using GIS technologies are concerned with matters other than structuring or interpreting maps. These applications have to do with developing geographic data, developing attributes of geography, organizing and maintaining geographic data and related metadata and geospatial processing of data such as geocoding and relationship processing ... to list a few. That said, the process of structuring and interpreting maps is a very important application for GIS technologies.
Then too, there are many fine books and related resources focused on map making. Our intent here is not to summarize or present yet another version. Rather, the focus is on how to use CV XE resources to structure and interpret maps. How to make maps more effectively convey the messages or conclusions of interest? How to make and use maps to extend collaborative potential through visual analysis? A picture is worth a thousand words -- and sometimes a lot more - or less.