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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.

CET Workshop Opportunities

GIS/Cartography workshops have been successfully organised and conducted in Iran (2009), Indonesia (2010) and Viet Nam (2010), by the CET, on behalf of the International Cartographic Association. An outline of the workshop conditions and format can be found at http://lazarus.elte.hu/cet/workshop/overview.pdf

It may be that such a workshop would benefit GIS officers, cartographers and students in your country. I would like to know if you are interested in co-organising a workshop in your country in 2012 (or 2013) at a mutually acceptable time.

The workshops can be held in up to three, one week, parts. Each part is presented by two people, ideally in a computer laboratory, allowing for hands-on practical exercises to be undertaken by all participants.

Contact: David Fraser, Chair of the Commission on Education and Training
david.fraser@rmit.edu.au, http://lazarus.elte.hu/cet/
Skype: fraseratrmit

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Education and Training Modules

A very basic start for a webpage called “Internet Cartography Teaching Courses” is available at http://lazarus.elte.hu/cet/modules/mod.htm Development of this important webpage is in its infancy.
The aim this year is to build this webpage in such a way that people anywhere in the world with the Internet can access a well designed set of topics which are backed up by courses and resources already available over the Internet, along with a new set of modules for which the first of 12 has been prepared.

The first part of this webpage is an attempt at sorting existing modules into some logical theme order. This is done at the very basic structural level. If you would like to volunteer to search for existing teaching modules from the Internet and/or redesign the interface to make it more user friendly that please let me know.

The second part is a new module that has been recently prepared which allows access to all the raw visual and audio files so that people can create their own working version of the module depending on the computer system they have. The material is copyright free and the graphics have the appearance of those which might be created on a whiteboard during a lecture. No attempt has been made to “perfect” the graphics. I invite comment on the approach taken with this new module.

Contact: David Fraser, Chair of the Commission on Education and Training
david.fraser@rmit.edu.au, http://lazarus.elte.hu/cet/
Skype: fraseratrmit

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Mountain Cartography Workshop in New Zealand in September

The next Mountain Cartography Workshop will be held in New Zealand near Taurewa, adjacent to the Tongariro National Park south of Auckland (North Island) between 1 and 5 September 2012.

The theme of the Workshop is Mapping Mountain Dynamics: from glaciers to volcanoes, in recognition of the unique natural environment of the host country New Zealand. The Workshop will focus on current developments in mountain cartography and present state of the art approaches to cartographic representations in large scale topographic mapping, symbolization and map design, as well as discuss technological issues, map use and links with Location-based Services (LBS).

Abstract submissions are welcome on any topic relating to mountain cartography, large scale topographic mapping, visualization of mountainous landscapes and artistic renderings and representations of terrain, and covering work of an academic and/or professional nature. Further details can be found on the invitation page.

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