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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

eCARTO News October 2016

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

Mapping the Marine Environment

  • Largely unknown planet earth – afr.com
  • Dozens of ancient shipwrecks found accidentally during Black Sea mapping – abc.net.au
  • Great Barrier Reef climate history unlocked as CSIRO maps offshore Queensland Basin – abc.net.au
  • In an octopus’s garden – economist.com
  • Mapping the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – spatialsource.com.au

Industry News

  • Book: After the Map – yale.edu
  • History of Cartography Conference – fafich.ufmg.br
  • Google Maps gets food delivery, plus code integration in update – appleinsider.com
  • Silicon Valley VCs raise millions for an Aussie drone mapping startup – mashable.com
  • Four years and one embarrassment later, Apple Maps is genuinely worthy of challenging Google Maps – businessinsider.com
  • Here, a Digital Mapping Service, Uses Crowd-Sourcing to Plot Roads – electronicdesign.com
  • IBM and Esri Team Up to Offer Cognitive Analytics and IoT in the IBM Cloud – businesswire.com

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Mapping Around The World

  • You Can Help Map the Accessibility of the World – nextcity.org
  • Mapping the Streets of Havana in 3D – citylab.com
  • Qardho – Mapping Exercise – May 2016 – reliefweb.int
  • National Archives maps Gibraltar’s past – chronicle.gi
  • Ethiopia soil map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fight – reuters.com
  • New permafrost map shows regions vulnerable to thaw, carbon release – phys.org
  • Mesmerizing Map Shows the Real-Time Weather for Every Place in the World – popularmechanics.com

Cartographic Eucation

  • Mapping data and visualizing geospatial information: A quick introduction for journalists – journalistsresource.org

Paper Maps

Opinion

  • Maps are as much about art – and lies – as science – spectator.co.uk
  • EU field-mapping systems need improvement, say auditors – out-law.com
  • Five GIS Projects That Are Changing The Way We Understand Racism – forbes.com
  • From DNA Mapping To Self-Driving Cars: 5 Predictions For Our Digital Future – forbes.com
  • Google is turning Maps into a social platform – businessinsider.com
  • What Mars Maps Got Right (and Wrong) Through Time – news.nationalgeographic.com
  • Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood: lives of the desert mapped on an artist’s skin – smh.com.au
  • Love hiking, hate maps? Then let us locate the right GPS gadget for you – theguardian.com

Maps

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Cartography and Science

  • Mapping buried magnetism – news.mit.edu
  • Could Heat Mapping Be An Equalizer For Physical Stores? – forbes.com
  • Pilot study demonstrating airborne MT data for geothermal exploration in BC – thinkgeoenergy.com
  • In case you missed them: Six scientific successes that stole the show this year – wildcat.arizona.edu
  • Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution – theglobalist.com
  • Autonomous robot that can navigate, explore and digitally map hard-to-access areas – phys.org
  • Scientists Produce A Stunningly Detailed Map Of The Milky Way – huffingtonpost.com.au

Cartography as Art

  • Mapping the World’s Great Cities in a Most Unusual, Yet Visually Arresting, Fashion – smithsonianmag.com

Conference location for ICC2021 selected: Florence, Italy

During our executive committee meeting in Washington DC the first week of October, we had to judge two very competitive bids for our 2021 conference location: Florence, Italy and Cape Town, South Africa. Florence was selected to host our 2021 International Cartographic Conference.

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

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Final Call for Submissions ICC2017

icc2017-logoThe 28th International Cartographic Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., USA, 2–7 July 2017. Please submit abstracts and papers on mapping and geographic information science for the International Cartographic Conference by October 26, 2016.

The conference announcement PDF and list of themes can be found here.

To begin your submission, please look at the bottom of this webpage: icc2017.org/abstracts-full-papers-and-posters

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eCARTO News September 2016

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

Location

  • Mapping the real-world locations that inspired great children’s books – avclub.com
  • Mapping a new course with smartphone apps – detroitnews.com
  • How Waze is making mapping work in tunnels – travelandleisure.com
  • Self driving cars and the question of mapping – fool.com
  • 3D road mapping underpins Japans tech heavy olympics push – cnet.com
  • Mapping Company HERE will let drivers use maps from competing automakers – cnet.com

Industry News

Mapping – Research Activities

Mapping our World

  • Powerful maps: how building 3D models is helping rural communities to make their voices heard – cta.int
  • Airborne mapping can help in flood mitigation – thehindu.com
  • New technology for mapping beaches – sciencedaily.com
  • Agnostic mapping reveals and affects different perceptions of global boundaries – mcgilldaily.com
  • Tanzania will use drones to aid in mapping – voanews.com

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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 7 February 2017)

LBS research agenda: A first list of “key problems” and the vision workshop at LBS 2016

mapbulbThe ICA Commission on Location-Based Services (LBS) is currently working on a cross-cutting research agenda, identifying key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years. In the first step of this process, we received 31 one-paragraph proposals (thank you to everyone who contributed). Based on these proposals, a first list of key problems was compiled.

In order to further refine this list and develop a comprehensive LBS research agenda, we invite everyone to comment and give feedback on this list. Is there anything important missing from your perspective? Please provide your feedback here by 4 November. Any comments and feedback are welcome!

In addition, we will organize a research agenda workshop immediately before the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services to discuss these key problems in detail. Anyone interested is invited to attend this workshop. The registration is free. If you plan to join, please register by 30 October.

More details of the initiative can be found at: http://lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda/

We are looking forward to your comments and feedback, as well as your participation in the research agenda workshop.

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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)
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