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A place for maps in the human brain

Figure Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014

Figure by Mattias Karlén

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine honors the discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. These efforts are crucial for many research agendas in the cartographic community concerned with cognitive processes and impact-oriented maps.

Recent investigations with brain imaging techniques, as well as studies of patients undergoing neurosurgery, have provided evidence that place and grid cells exist also in humans. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex are frequently affected at an early stage, and these individuals often lose their way and cannot recognize the environment. Knowledge about the brain’s positioning system may, therefore, help us understand the mechanism underpinning the devastating spatial memory loss that affects people with this disease.

The discovery of the brain’s positioning system represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of how ensembles of specialized cells work together to execute higher cognitive functions. It has opened new avenues for understanding other cognitive processes, such as memory, thinking and planning.

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Second Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping 2014

– Update: SOMAP 2014 is merged with the LBS 2014 symposium and will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 26–28 November 2014. Please find all details on the SOMAP website: somap.cartography.at –

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is pleased to invite you to the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP) in Potsdam from 6–8 October 2014 in Vienna, Austria from 26–28 November 2014.

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This symposium is coorganised by four ICA Commissions:

The call for papers is ongoing and registration has started at http://somap.cartography.at

Geospatial data and services are the main building blocks for geospatial infrastructures and fundamental to service-oriented mapping and realtime applications. Geospatial infrastructures make use of different paradigms: maintaining, sharing and use (instead of collect and own). Developments in these paradigms are leading to evolutions in availability and accessibility of geospatial data and services coupled with the added value of geospatial products and applications in the modern geospatial production environment.

Geospatial trends are constantly growing and developing such as sensor networks, realtime processing, volunteered geographic information, open governmental data, in-situ geospatial processing and striking visualization techniques creating many new possibilities but also new restrictions and problems based on massiveness, heterogeneity and contextual flexibility. Challenges like handling big data, aggregate different sources, standards for a homogenuous data, and disappearing sources/content are growing.

SOMAP2014 is a venue that brings together experts from research, government, non-governmental organisations, standardization bodies and industry to present, document and discuss trends in service-based mapping, which covers delivery, processing, integration, analysis, collaboration as well as visualization of geospatial data and services.

Markus Jobst
ICA Commission on Map Production and Geobusiness

Commissions at a glance

During ICC 2013 all commission chairs presented their commissions in a speed presentation. You can check out the presentation slides below (or via our ICC 2013 sub-page).

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

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