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Introducing the ICA-OSGeo Lab Network

After discussing with our lab members, I am pleased to inform that we now have the official name and also a short acronym for our network of Open Source geospatial laboratories: ICA-OSGeo Lab Network is the official title of the network and OSGL as the acronym to be used for the url, domain name, etc.

The official full title highlights and brings together two communities – the ICA and the OSGeo (Open Source Geospatial Foundation) – in our common aim to support the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centers across the world for supporting development of open-source geospatial software technologies, training and expertise. We started establishing the network of labs globally with the ICA-OSGeo MoU initiative.

Individual labs (those already established and those in future) are free to select the names they wish. For example, the lab at UNMC is called Open-source Geospatial Research Lab, at NCSU it is OSGeo Research and Education Laboratory (OSGeoREL), it is Open Source Geospatial Lab in Newcastle University, etc. That will also give individual nodes the flexibility to select the name for their lab that they want under a joint lab network umbrella.

We are also working to create a dedicated website and mailing list. In the meantime, visit the OSGeo page on education intiatives for details.

We would like to thank the whole OSGeo and ICA community for the strong support and helping spreading the message of our education initiative.

Best wishes,
Dr Suchith Anand

SOMAP News: Workshop 2013 and SOMAP book available

Dear colleagues!

Please allow me to bother you with news of the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geobusiness – some SOMAP news for 2013:

  1. somap_buchcover_jobst_v01_klThe book on Service-Oriented Mapping 2012 is available in the webshop of our publisher.
  2. We will have a joint commission activity before the International Cartographic Conference 2013 in Dresden.
    We call for participation in the 16th Generalisation Workshop jointly organised by the ICA Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation and the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geo-Business. The workshop will be held in Dresden, Germany, 23–24 August 2013, prior to the International Cartographic Conference. Participation and attendance at the two day workshop requires submission of research papers or position papers.
    Key dates are:

    • 15 March 2013: deadline for submission of short papers (limit 3000 words, and 8 pages including figures)
    • 25 April 2013: notification of acceptance of paper for presentation (& invitation)
    • 15 August 2013: deadline for submission of revised papers
    • 23 and 24 August 2013: Workshop Please register via mail (office@cartography.at) or at the commission website

All the best greetings from Vienna,
Markus Jobst

Barbara Petchenik Competition 2013

“The World at my Fingertips – Remains a Puzzle” by Hayden Livingstone, New Zealand, age 15. Winner in the age group 12–15 years in 2011.

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Cartographic Association and the Commission on Cartography and Children, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Barbara Petchenik Map Competition 2013, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

In 2013, the ICA will commemorate the “first” 20 years of the competition with some changes made in interest of improving the development of this biannual international award. The new theme for the 2013 competition is “My place in today’s world” and for the first time the entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6–8 years, 9–12 years and 13–15 years. Winning entries selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 26th ICC in Dresden, Germany from 25–30 August 2013. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. There will also be a public vote open to all participants for a dedicated public prize.

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children.

Yours sincerely,
Georg Gartner (President of the ICA)
José Jesús Reyes Nunez (Chair of the Commission on Cartography and Children)

 

Updates as of 22 January 2013:

 

Invitation to joint symposium “Sharing Knowledge”

Pre-Conference Symposium to ICC2013
23 August 2013 @ the Dresden University of Technology, Germany

The ICA Commissions on Cartography and Children, Education and Training, Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People and Planetary Cartography have the pleasure to invite you to a one day joint symposium on August 23.

The aim of the symposium – as expressed by the title – is to give an opportunity to the members of the four commissions (and participants in general) to share and learn about the research in the topics covered by the commissions during the last years. This will be a one-day programme divided into four sessions, each of them dedicated to one of the participating commissions.

The Call for Papers is open until April 26.
Please visit the symposium website for more information: http://lazarus.elte.hu/jointsymposium2013/
If you have any question in relation to the event, please contact José Jesús Reyes Nunez.

[ More pre-conference events and activities can be found at http://icaci.org/icc2013/ ]

Invitation to workshop “Eye tracking: why, when, and how?”

Pre-Conference Workshop to the ICC2013

Pre-Conference Workshop to ICC2013
23 (noon)–24 (all day) August 2013 @ the Dresden University of Technology, Germany

The ICA Commissions on Cognitive Visualization, Geovisualization, and Use and User Issues cordially invite you to participate in a hands-on workshop on how to efficiently and effectively collect, analyze, and make sense of eye movement data in empirical user studies. We will work hands-on with real eye-trackers and real data during the workshop, and discuss issues in the group.

This workshop is intended to bring together a broad mix of researchers interested in eye movement data collection methods, ranging from the eye tracking novice who might wish to learn more about this empirical technique, to the seasoned eye tracking expert who wishes to share advanced analytical approaches with other like-minded empirical researchers. Part of the program will use parallel tracks to meet the needs of both novices and experts, and a ‘data challenge’ will form a key component of the meeting.

We thus encourage various avenues for involvement in this hands-on workshop, and call for the following contributions:

We expect your abstract containing a statement of interest, including the type of proposed contribution (ca. 1 page, PDF or MS Word) by February 1, 2013. Please send your contributions to: icacogvis@geo.uzh.ch (Subject: ICC13). Notifications of acceptance: March 1, 2013.

Participation cost: 40 EUR (lunch on the first and second day are included in the workshop fee)

Further details about workshop, registration etc. will be published here: https://www.geo.uzh.ch/microsite/icacogvis/activities.html

Further questions can be directed to the commission chairs: Sara Fabrikant, Gennady Andrienko, and Corné van Elzakker

Alluring bike journey visualisation reveals London’s hubs

The Commission on Geovisualization would like to bring to your attention the work of their member Jo Wood, City University London data visualisation specialist. He created stunning visualisations based on data from the first 5 million journeys made by riders on London’s cycle hire scheme, which were made the focus of a recent New Scientist story.

According to Prof Wood: “Visual analytics allows transport planners and organisations such as Transport for London (TfL) to make better informed decisions to support the movement of people around our cities.”

In the animation, the routes that are least travelled begin to fade out after 15 seconds akin to “a graphic equaliser”, according to collaborator Andrew Huddart, who is manager of the University’s Transport Collaborative Hub.

Around the 1-minute mark, three major systems begin to emerge: routes around, and through Hyde Park in West London and commutes in and out of King’s Cross St Pancras in the north together with bike traffic between Waterloo and the City, toward the east of the capital.

Andrew Huddart believes that the next level of the data visualisation analysis will be the addition of  anonymised user profiles which will provide more information about people’s use of bicycles over time, leading to a better placement of docking stations. This will also assist in balancing the load across the Barclays Cycle Hire network.

Latest news of the Commission on Cartography and Children

18th newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children
The 18th newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children was published and sent to all members and interested colleagues. Amongst other relevant topics, the newsletter contains information about the latest commission meeting at the 4th Conference on Cartography and GIS and the results of the voting process related to the rules of the Barbara Petchenik Competition. The newsletter can be found here: http://lazarus.elte.hu/ccc/newslet/1208.htm

Based on discussions and the results of the voting, we finished the final version of the rules for the Barbara Petchenik International World Map Competition in 2013. The pdf file can be downloaded here: http://lazarus.elte.hu/ccc/pdf/bpcrules2013.pdf

On July 28, the Facebook profile of our commission was published. It will serve as a tool to keep a more direct contact with our members and colleagues from related fields, as well as with all people interested in the topic. Please, join us on www.facebook.com/icaccc and feel free to collaborate: by publishing photos, maps or by sharing any news related to Cartography and Children.

Latest news about the Commission on Cartography and Children

17th newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children

The 17th newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children has been posted on the commission mailing list. The newsletter includes information on the latest publication related to commission activities („Maps for the Future: children, education, internet”, published by Springer in January 2012) and about the selection of a new theme for the Barbara Petchenik competitions in 2013 and 2015. The newsletter also includes material related to the Barbara Petchenik competition by one of the commission founders, Prof. Henry Castner (USA).

If you are interested in reading the newsletter, you can download it from the commission website. For subscribing to the newsletter, please contact the commission chair.

CfP: LBS 2012 in Munich

We would like to inform you about the 9th International Symposium on Location-Based Services, which will take place in Munich, Germany, from October 16 to 18, 2012.
Given the fact, that a number of activities and industries in the domain of GNSS, LBS and geoinformation management are situated in and around Munich, this promises to be an excellent venue.

The call for paper is currently open, please consider the deadline of April 15, 2012.
Publication in either the Journal on LBS and/or a book within the series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography is anticipated.

Detailed information can be found at http://www.lbs2012.tum.de.

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