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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.

First meeting of the Commission on Neocartography

The Commission on Neocartography held its first official meeting following the annual conference of the Society of Cartographers in London earlier this month. The meeting was organised very openly – speakers were invited to “think broadly, and be interesting.” And interesting they were. Six talks shed light on the term of neocartography itself, as well as interesting and potential developments in the field – from psychogeography to experiential engagement.

The meeting is very well documented, so if you didn’t have a chance to attend, you are very welcome to…

Feel free to catch up and join the disucssion at neocartography.icaci.org.

Many thanks to Steve Chilton and the team from UCL for the smooth and friendly organisation of the event.

President’s Blog: Mountain Cartography

To depict elements of the topography of a landscape in a symbolic, abstract, geometrically sound but also eventually easily understandable way is a core discipline of cartography. Beneath all topographic elements of a landscape mountains are for sure amongst the most challenging ones to model and depict. Not only the derived geometry needs to fulfill the constraints of allowing a meaningful combination with other map elements but also the applied cartographic design should support the visual impression from the terrain  features  and especially the most dramatic ones, including the mountains itself.

It is therefore not a big surprise that beyond the most famous cartographers you can find especially such which have deserved their merits by designing and producing cartographic mountain depictions of high quality.

Within the International Cartographic Association the specific importance of this particular area of cartographic challenge has led to the foundation of the Commission on Mountain Cartography at the ICC 1999 in Ottawa. Since then this Commission, chaired by Lorenz Hurni from Switzerland from 1999-200 and Karel Kriz since 2007, has managed to attract ambitious cartographers and fascinating aficionados of all kind of different backgrounds being interested in mountain cartography. The unique spirit of this group has proven to be specific just recently when the Commission meet at their International Workshop at Tongariro National Park New Zealand. ICA Commissions are platforms for enthusiasts, experts and those which want to exchange and share their ideas, solutions and developments for the sake of the issue. The mountain cartography commission is fulfilling this role exactly and thus leads to an ongoing benefit to its members.

The merits of the recent meeting in New Zealand belong to the Commission Chairs, namely Karel Kriz and in replacement of Lorenz Hurni also Dusan Petrovic and Stefan Räber, but especially also to the colleagues from the local organizing committee Geoff Aitken, Roger Smith, Igor Drecki, Antoni Moore and Christian Fremd who not only organised the whole event but also managed to make everybody feeling most welcome in New Zealand.

Participants of the 8th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop

Extraterrestrial lab supporting Russian space program

Report from the 2012 Moscow meeting of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

Evgeniia Gusakova explaining the DTM of the Lunokhod-1 landing site visualized in ArcScene; Ludmila Shishkina working on a Lunar photomosaic in ISIS (in the back).

Training on how to use command line ISIS, one of the using software in planetary cartography and image processing.

Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) is the oldest of Russian Universities (since 1779) that now has 8500 students and a staff of over 600. In 2010 the university created a new Laboratory for space research named as MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Lab (MExLab) where cartographic support for future Russian planetary missions is provided.

Students studying at this lab are devoted planetary cartographers. “We came here because this way we can support our future space missions; and we can also work on past missions’ datasets that had not been processed or analyzed; however, many of the data recorded on magnetic tapes are lost by now. And there is always something new in space” – say Ludmila Shishkina and Natalia Kozlova, who work at MExLab. The activities are carried out in four groups: Cartography and mapping; Multispectral image processing; Photogrammetry; and Geodesy and Navigation.

The MExLab was established from a mega-scale three-year grant from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation called “Measures to attract leading scientists to Russian Educational Institutions”. The winning joint proposal by Jürgen Oberst (DLR) and Kira Shingareva (MIIGAiK) was selected from 500 proposals in 2010. The subject of the proposal was “to develop infrastructure and capability for MIIGAIK to take a significant role in planning, execution and analysis of data from Russian planetary missions” and also to develop “job opportunities to attract young scientists and students to pursue careers in geodesy, cartography and planetary science”. “This is very important”, explains Kira Shingareva, leader of planetary cartographic activities at MIIGAiK, “because after the perestroyka, planetary cartography was not at all attractive to students. They went to other companies who could pay them. This is why there is a large gap between the old generation and the new one: there are no middle-aged experts. The consequences are even worst in the space industry, where the lack of expertise may lead to rocket failures”.

Now there are about 50 scientists, including about 30 young, PhD students and half last-year students working at MExLab. “When they get diploma, they can join the Russian space program and help it to get back on its feet” – says Jürgen Oberst, who is the scientific leader of the project and head of the MExLab Photogrammetry group. However, if everything fails, these students will still be able to find a job, since they are very well educated in terrestrial geodesy and cartography. But the head of MExLab, Vasiliy Malinnikov believes that the Russian Federation will support future space research works and young scientists could continue their studies.

They participate in diverse projects which they presented at the meeting of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography held at MIIGAiK: Alexander Lojkin is working on Enceladus limb profiles; Natalia Kozlova creates DTMs of Soviet landing sites on the Moon while Marina Baskakova is producing the maps of these sites; Maxim Andreev and Anton Bystrov are creating image processing support the selection of Luna Glob landing sites for which Alexander Kokhanov is creating topographic maps in GIS, Alexander Zharov and his brother Oleg Zharov are hard working on producing a control network  of more than 100 thousand manually selected control points for the 3D modelling of Phobos, Vasily Dmitriev is modeling  martian meteoroid streams, Bulgn Mukabenova and Svetlana Afanasyeva are making crater statistics for the Phobos, Maria and Ekaterina Karpunkina are making crater statistics for the Moon, Evgeniia Gusakova is working on Lunokhod-1,2  landing site maps, just to name a few of the ongoing projects at MExLab, three years after its foundation. The students are making an incredible job here, which is also a result of the tireless work of the all scientists the lab, says Irina Karachevtseva, who is the head of the Cartography Group of MExLab. Post doc scientists Dmitry and Denis Uchaev study gravity fields of Phobos and Deimos using fractal modeling approach. Irina Nadejdina and Anatoliy Zubarev are leading young scientists of Geodesy Group who investigate Io, Ganymede, Enceladus, Ida and the Moon. They make photogrammetry image processing using Photomod software (produced by Russian developers) and teach students to create DEMs and orthomosaics of these bodies, including cartographic support of future Russian missions to the Polar area of Moon (Luna-Globe and Luna-Resource). All scientists hope that there will be a future Russian mission to Phobos, one of the Martian satellites, and they work on it.

Group photo of the scientists and students, who participated in the commission meeting at MIIGAiK.

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 of the Commission on Neocartography

The first formal meeting of the Commission on Neocartography will take place on September 5 in London, UK. Steve Chilton organizes the session, which starts directly after the Society of Cartographers conference, and will be held from 3.45pm to 7.15pm at UCL. Details about program and registration can be found on the commission website: neocartography.icaci.org

Please note, that the commissions website also features an event, publications and research section. The commission invites everyone to share information about events, papers/books or research groups, which fall in the commission’s aims. To stay up-to-date, please consider subscribing to the comission’s RSS feed or email updates.