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International Map Year is coming to a close…

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International Map Year (IMY) is coming to a close. Over the last 18 months, some 40 countries have been involved in arranging National Map Days and other types of national events in celebration of IMY. The Executive Committee (EC) of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and its IMY Working Group are now working to determine whether the IMY concept could be continued with an annual Map Day. Because International GIS Day is held every year in November, it is possible that a suitable month for an International Map Day could be April or May, about six months later. A preliminary decision whether and when to declare such an International Map Day may be made by the IC EC at the 2017 International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in July in Washington, DC, USA, to be followed by a final decision by the ICA General Assembly at the 2019 ICC in Tokyo.

In the meantime, the IMY book, The World of Maps, will be extended with a chapter on Geological Maps to be written by an Italian team and based on a presentation at the Italian Map Day in September 2016 which concentrated on geological maps. The book has already been translated from English to French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and there are now several translation teams working in China, Indonesia, Germany/Switzerland, and United Arabic Emirates.

The IMY Working Group is in the process of producing a report on the IMY activities held worldwide. An abstract of a paper, titled Outcomes of the International Map Year, has been submitted for presentation at ICC 2017. That report is also being considered for publication in the ICA’s Cartographic Journal.

The IMY Working Group is grateful to the writers of the various chapters of The World of Maps and to the book’s many translation teams. It is also indebted to Manuela Schmidt for acting as webmaster of the IMY website, for continually updating the website with the latest news and events, and for design of the IMY logo. Members of the ICA Executive Committee, ICA Commission Chairpersons, as well as United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the Joint Board of Geographic Information Societies (JBGIS) have also been very supportive, in particular by producing the posters of the UN sustainability goals. In all, IMY has been a great success and we congratulate everyone for their participation in this worldwide effort to celebrate of maps and their unique role in our world.

– Bengt Rystedt
Chair of the IMY Working Group

Category: Commission News

Report of the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services

lbs2016_logoThe 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services, organized by the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services and the Research Group Cartography of Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), took place in Vienna, Austria from 14–16 November 2016. The conference was endorsed by the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), International Association of Geodesy (IAG), and the German Cartographic Society e.V. (DGfK).

More than 120 participants from 23 countries gathered in the historical Celebration Hall of TU Wien. The conference was opened by Rector Prof Sabine Seidler, Conference Director and ICA Past President Prof Georg Gartner, and AGILE Co-Chair Prof Martin Raubal. After the opening, Haosheng Huang presented the current development of an LBS research agenda, which is an initiative started by the LBS Commission to identify key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

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Opening session of the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services – LBS 2016 held in Vienna, Austria | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

Oral session at LBS 2016

Oral session at LBS 2016 | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

A total of 48 oral presentations have been given in 12 single-stream sessions over three days. The conference also featured two interactive sessions, consisting of 4 showcases and 22 posters. These oral presentations, showcases and posters provide a general picture of recent research activities related to the domain of LBS. Such activities emerged in the last years, especially concerning issues of outdoor/indoor positioning, smart environment, spatial modeling, personalization, context-awarenesss, cartographic communication, novel user interfaces, crowdsourcing, social media, big data analysis, usability and privacy. As a first time, this conference also featured an industrial session, in which 4 invited LBS companies and start-ups presented their on-going research and development related to LBS.

A selection of peer-reviewed full papers has been published in the book “Progress in Location-Based Services” of the Springer Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Work in progress submissions are included in the conference proceedings (ISBN 978-1-907075-02-5), which are available online. A special issue of the Journal of Location-Based Services is planned as well.

Besides the technical and scientific program, the conference provided several social networking opportunities, including an ice-breaker reception on the first day, a conference dinner in an old and traditional Viennese wine cellar on the 2nd day, and a farewell drinks event.

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Ice-breaker reception at LBS 2016 | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

Since its initiation by Georg Gartner from TU Wien (Austria) in 2002, the LBS conference series has become one of the most important scientific events decided to LBS. The conferences have been held in Vienna (2002, 2004, 2005), Hong Kong (2007), Salzburg (2008), Nottingham (2009), Guangzhou (2010), Vienna (2011), Munich (2012), Shanghai (2013), Vienna (2014), Augsburg (2015), and Vienna (2016). Starting from 2015, the LBS conferences have become the annual event of the newly established ICA Commission on Location-Based Services. The next LBS conference has been planned, and will be hosted by Prof. Martin Raubal at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) on January 2018. We look forward to meeting you at the next LBS conference.

For more information, please refer to the conference website.

– Haosheng Huang
Chair of the Commission on Location-Based Services

LBS research agenda: A first list of “key problems” and the vision workshop at LBS 2016

mapbulbThe ICA Commission on Location-Based Services (LBS) is currently working on a cross-cutting research agenda, identifying key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years. In the first step of this process, we received 31 one-paragraph proposals (thank you to everyone who contributed). Based on these proposals, a first list of key problems was compiled.

In order to further refine this list and develop a comprehensive LBS research agenda, we invite everyone to comment and give feedback on this list. Is there anything important missing from your perspective? Please provide your feedback here by 4 November. Any comments and feedback are welcome!

In addition, we will organize a research agenda workshop immediately before the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services to discuss these key problems in detail. Anyone interested is invited to attend this workshop. The registration is free. If you plan to join, please register by 30 October.

More details of the initiative can be found at: http://lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda/

We are looking forward to your comments and feedback, as well as your participation in the research agenda workshop.

Category: General News

Share your ideas on future research directions in the field of LBS

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The ICA Commission on Location-Based Services is currently starting an initiative to develop a cross-cutting research agenda for the field of Location-Based Services (LBS), aiming to identify key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

The details of the initiative are available at lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda

Inspired by the ICA workshop Envisioning the Future of Cartographic Research organized by several sister commissions (Cognitive Visualization, Use and User Issues, Geovisualization and Map Design), the process of producing this research agenda will be designed as a joint activity of the LBS research community:

  1. We invite all interested parties to write a one paragraph proposal to describe what they believe are the “big problems” that should be addressed to bring LBS research on a higher level.
  2. The commission chairs together with several invited experts will then examine, classify, and group these proposals, and provide a first list of “key problems”. The list will be circulated to the LBS research community, and we will then invite everyone to write a one-page position paper to further develop cross-cutting research directions and plans toward these “key problems”.

Important Dates:

  • 15 July 2016, deadline for one paragraph proposals of “big problems” in LBS. Please submit your proposal here.
  • 20 August 2016, publication of the selected “key problems” on the commission website
  • 1 October 2016, deadline for expression of interest in writing a one-page position paper
  • 1 November 2016, deadline for one-page position papers

We are exploring the possibility of having a workshop, preceding the LBS conference 2016 in Vienna, to discuss these position papers and the cross-cutting research directions.

We are looking forward to your input!

Haosheng Huang
– Chair of the Commission on Location-Based Services

Updates by the Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management

There are two upcoming events by the ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management (CEW&CM):

The first one is a Seminar with EU Cooperation on Early Warning & Disaster / Crisis Management Topics as a part of the 6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS which will be held on 13–17 June 2016, Albena, Bulgaria, organized by the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and several ICA commissions.

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The second upcoming event is the International Conference on Cartographic Visualization of Big Data for Early Warning and Disaster / Crisis Management (EW&CM): Methodology, Techniques and Applications, organized by the Department of Geography of the Nanjing Normal University and the ICA Commission Cartography for Early Warning and Crises Management, 27–31 October 2016 in Nanjing, China.

Both events welcome cooperations with other commissions.

– Milan Konecný
Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management

News from ICA Commission on Visual Analytics

A quick update on the two workshops that the ICA Commission on Visual Analytics is running this year:

Visually-Supported Computational Movement Analysis

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We have just published the list of accepted papers at the Visually-Supported Computational Movement Analysis (VCMA2016) workshop in Helsinki, Finland (14 June 2016). The contributions were excellent, promising a high-quality workshop. Stay tuned for final updates at the VCMA2016 website or on twitter (#VCMA2016) and join us for the workshop (registration details are on the website, and a side note that this is a co-located workshop with the AGILE2016 conference, which has the honour to have the ICA President, Prof Menno-Jan Kraak, as the keynote speaker).

Workshop website: viz.icaci.org/vcma2016

Understanding Spatial Data (Big and Small) with Visual Analytics

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Our second workshop, Understanding Spatial Data (Big and Small) with Visual Analytics (SpatialVA2016), will take place in Montreal, Canada (27 Sept 2016) and we are delighted to have two prominent scientists as keynote speakers: Prof Sheelagh Carpendale from the University of Calgary and Prof Alan MacEachren from Penn State University.

There is still time to contribute to this workshop: the deadline has been extended to 29 April 2016. So submit a contribution and join us in Canada for a great event.

Workshop website: http://viz.icaci.org/SpatialVA2016/

 

See you in Helsinki and Montreal!

– Urska Demsar & Anthony Robinson

News from the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

11th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

Conference poster

Conference poster

The 11th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage to be held in Riga, 20–22 April, hosted by the National Library of Latvia, collects so far more than 80 participants representing 70 institutions from 27 countries from Europe, USA, China and Japan and 53 papers for oral presentation in 8 working sessions (see the conference programme flyer).

This conference is organised jointly with the 20th Conference “The one who wants to last is the one who is willing to change: Old Maps for New User Profiles” of the Map & Geoinformation Curators Group which is a Cartoheritage Commission strategic partner since 2014. The Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2459-3893) will be available in digital form, during the conference. The keynote speaker representing the ICA Executive Committee is Past-President Georg Gartner.

First Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts

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The ICA Cartoheritage Commission is also actively participating in the First Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts to be held in Lisbon, 6–7 June 2016, organised by the ICHST – Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology and hosted by the Navy Museum of Portugal. World experts on this fascinating and still “intriguing” issue of cartography will present 20 papers in a solidly designed programme (see the workshop programme flyer).

The interesting point in this event is that the speakers come from both the sciences and the humanities fields, dealing equally with technical and historical viewpoints on portolan charts and charting. A concluding round table discussion will be based on the ICA Cartoheritage Commission’s chair Evangelos Livieratos contribution “Analyzing the geometric content of old maps: smooth operational approaches and the Digital Humanities perspective”.

Evangelos Livieratos,
Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

Evangelos Livieratos, currently visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice, with colleagues from the ICA Cartoheritage Commission supporting IUAV Labs of photogrammetry and cartography & GIS.

Evangelos Livieratos, currently visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice, with colleagues from the ICA Cartoheritage Commission supporting IUAV Labs of photogrammetry and cartography & GIS


 

Invitation to the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services

lbs2016_logoThe ICA Commission on Location-Based Services and the Vienna University of Technology are pleased to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services (LBS 2016), which will take place in Vienna on November 14–16, 2016.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2016 aims to offer a platform for scholars, researchers, and industry/market operators from various disciplines and practice to meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

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The Call for Papers is currently open. Deadlines for submission are June 1 for full papers, July 1 for work in progress, and September 18 for showcases. High-quality submissions are intended to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services and in a book of the Springer series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography. More information can be found at lbsconference.org.

We are looking forwards to your contributions and to meeting you in Vienna!

Haosheng Huang
– Chair of the Commission on Location-Based Services

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A new website for the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Map Competition

Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Competition

Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Competition

The website for the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Map Competition was updated with a new design and new options to search data. The Barbara Petchenik Collection is maintained by the team working at the Maps, Data & Government Information Centre of the Carleton University Library in Ottawa, Canada. Through this website, users can search and browse through all children map entries since 1993. The address of the website remained the same: https://childrensmaps.library.carleton.ca

Our most sincere congratulations for Joel Rivard, Sherri Sunstrum and Sylvie Lafortune for their very valuable work!

28th Newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children

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The December 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children is available for download.

Keeping the tradition begun two Christmas ago, the last newsletter of this year is mainly formed by images and very shorts texts to resume all activities of the commission members during this year and presenting photos taken all over the world.

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