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Summary of the workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies

One-day workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies

AutoCarto is a Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) research symposium held every two years. CaGIS is the US adhering body to the ICA. AutoCarto 2016 was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 14 – 16 September 2016.

The ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies held a very well-attended, successful one-day workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies the day before the start of Auto Carto. The agenda (details below) consisted of seven invited speakers and an open discussion session. The Chair of the commission, Silvana Camboim, opened the presentations and led the discussion. The Vice-Chair, Michael P. Finn, organized the workshop and served as the moderator.

All the presentations are available on GitHub at this URL: https://github.com/mfinnCEGIS/workshopAdvancingGIScienceOST/, which includes the original agenda announcing the workshop and a subdirectory of photographs.

There were 22 attendees from six nations, including the President of ICA, Menno-Jan Kraak, who sat in during the afternoon and contributed to the lively open discussion. In addition, at the start of the discussion session, Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA, did a short, overview presentation of “Geo forAll.”

Agenda

Invited Speakers (30 minutes each for presentation and questions)

  1. Experiences on How Openness Can Help to Reduce Inequality – Silvana Camboim, Federal University of Paraná – UFPR, BRAZIL, Commission Chair
  2. GRASS GIS as open source innovation platform: from dynamic visualizations to collaborative tangible modeling – Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA, co-authors: Anna Petrasova, Vaclav Petras, and Brendan Harmon
  3. Open-Source Software in the Cutting Edge Geocomputaion Research at ORNL – Alex Sorokine, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA
  4. Keeping Map Data Current Through the Use of Volunteered Geographic Information – James McAndrew, Colorado State University, contractor to the US National Park Service, USA
  5. Teaching Open Source Web Mapping – Carl Sack, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA, co-author: Robert Roth
  6. Doing Datacubes in Open-Source: the rasdaman Scalable Array Engine – Peter Baumann, Jacobs University Bremen, GERMANY
  7. Development of an Open Source 3D Browser to Visualize Modeling Results – Syed Monjur Murshed, European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER), GERMANY, co-authors: Jochen Wendel, Akila Sriramulu, and Alexandru Nichersu

Open Discussion: Future Directions: Thinking About the Road Ahead – chaired by Silvana Camboim

– Michael P. Finn
Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies

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

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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

Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshop Mapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in Libraries

Detail of George Washington's map A plan of my farm on Little Huntg. Creek & Potomk. R., 1766. Free downloaded from the Library of Congress web-provider.

Detail of George Washington’s map A plan of my farm on Little Huntg. Creek & Potomk. R., 1766. Free downloaded from the Library of Congress web-provider.

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital organizes a one day pre-conference workshop in the frame of the 28th International Cartographic Conference, Washington DC, USA, in association and partership with the MAGIC group.

This one day workshop will highlight and discuss how librarians can easily incorporate user-friendly geospatial visualization tools into their work – whether that is instruction sessions, workshops for faculty, graduate students or the community, or other projects within libraries.

Date & Venue

To be defined – tentatively before or after the ICC2017 in the same conference venue, the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, located in Northwest DC.

Fees & Registration

Participation is free. The registration form can be found here.

Organizers & Contact

  • Marcy BIDNEY, Curator, American Geographical Society Library
  • Nathan PIEKIELEK, Geosaptial Services Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University

Contributions

  • BGDb.be: a map based search tool for geological publications Annick ANCEAU, Eric PIRARD, Pierre STEVENS
  • CartoShop: Empowering non-mapping experts to get spatial, one workshop at a time Theresa QUILL, Erika JENNS
  • Digital spatial indexes for large-scale urban atlases using GeoJson.io, GitHub, and Leaflet.js Evan THORNBERRY
  • Geovisualization instruction at Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Social Sciences Center Jeremiah TRINIDAD-CHRISTENSEN, Eric GLASS
  • “GIS for the Rest of Us”: Collaborating on GIS Education and Outreach at Ohio State Joshua SADVARI
  • Visual Knowledge Aggregation: From Static To Dynamic Information Systems in Library Contexts Andrea NANETTI, Angelo CATTANEO, Siew-Ann CHEONG, Yao-Yi CHIANG, Chin-Yew LIN

For more and updated information, please consult the workshop website: cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/2015-2019/pg/ICC2017.html

Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2017

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 next Barbara Petchenik Map Competition 2017, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

In 2017, this biannual international award has a special connotation, because it is organized on the frame of activities programmed within the International Map Year. For this reason, the theme for the 2017 competition equals the motto of the International Map Year: “We love maps”. Entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6–8 years, 9–12 years and 13–15 years. The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2017. [All details can be found in the rules document.]

The world in our hands by Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Winning entry of the 2015 competition: “The world in our hands” by Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC, USA, from 2–7 July 2017. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Additionally there will be a prize issued based on a public vote by the conference participants. New will be the Creativity Award issued by the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography.

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the Petchenik section on the ICA website, the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children or their Facebook page.

If you are interested in using children maps in your context, e.g. with publications, we would like to encourage you to contact us. The map drawings made by children in the previous competitions can be found in the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition, maintained by the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre at Carleton University Library.

ICA assumes we can count on the participation of your country in the competition 2017.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

 
Update: List of national organizers (as of 2 November 2016, will be regularly updated)

Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data

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The ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling and the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services invite you to a pre-ICC2017 symposium on location-based social media and tracking data. The growing availability and use of location-based social media data and tracking data (e.g., GPS tracking) have created unprecedented opportunities for researchers from various disciplines. At the same time, it also challenges people with new theoretical, technical, ethical, and social questions. This symposium attempts to bring together researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and findings of their research related to location-based social media data or location tracking and sensing data.

Please find the detailed invitation here.

Timeline

  • 15 February 2017 – Deadline for submitting extended abstracts
  • 15 March 2017 – Acceptance notification
  • 1–2 July 2017 – Workshop prior to the ICC 2017
  • 15 July 2017 – Deadline for full paper (optional, only for those interested in the post-event publication in a journal special issue)

ICA Commission Meetings and Workshops at AutoCarto 2016

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AutoCarto is a Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) research symposium held every two years. CaGIS is the US adhering body to the ICA. This year AutoCarto 2016 will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 14-16 September 2016.

The following ICA Commission Meetings and Workshops will take place:

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Invitation to the ICA Commission Meeting on Atlases and Education

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The ICA Commissions on Atlases and on Education and Training are happy to announce and invite you to a joint meeting and workshop. Atlas cartography and educational cartography are undergoing a renewal process, due to technology-driven forces and altered user demands. The goal of this meeting is to present and talk about new ideas and concepts in both fields of atlas and education cartography.

Program

The first day of the meeting will be dedicated to keynotes and state-of-the-art contributions. We are proud to announce Ferjan Ormeling (Prof. emer.) as invited speaker; he has sound knowledge in both atlases and educational cartography. During the second day, we plan to present and discuss future atlas and educational concepts.

Deadlines

Georg Gartner is GeoAmbassador of the Month

Screen-Shot-2016-07-02-at-07.32.30“Geo for All” is an initiative of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with the mission for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all. It has developed out of the Memorandum of Understanding Activities between ICA and OSGeo.

Everyone who is interested in enabling geospatial education opportunities to all is considered a GeoAmbassador. It is not just the thousands of OSGeo members but also thousands of colleagues in ICA, ISPRS, UCGIS, AGILE, GSDI or AGS, who work for geoeducation opportunities. To further highlight their work, OSGeo now introduces GeoAmbassadors of the Month. ICA past-president Georg Gartner was appointed the first GeoAmbassador of the Month.

The laudatio by Suchith Anand can be found on opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org.

Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshop on Maps & Emotions

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The ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization and the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography invite you to a pre-conference workshop on Maps and Emotions. The goal of this workshop is to provide an intellectual and creative space to share different ideas and methodologies that can help further exploring the complex relationships that exist between places, maps and emotions.

Please find the detailed Call for Papers here.

Location

The workshop will be hosted by The George Washington University, located downtown Washington DC. The workshop will be free of charge, but the participants will have to pay for their food and lodging (a list will be provided on the ICC2017 website).

Timeline

  • 30 September 2016 – Deadline for submitting abstracts or activities proposals
  • 1 November 2016 – Successful Applicants notified
  • 15 January 2017 – Participants confirm their participation
  • February 2017 – Preliminary program released
  • May 2017 – Final program released
  • 1–2 July 2017 – Workshop prior to the ICC 2017
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