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Announcing AutoCarto 2022: Ethics in Mapping

AutoCarto 2022, the International Research Symposium, is poised to reveal transformative thinking in Cartography and GIScience, November 2-4 on the Esri campus in Redlands, California. The conference sets forth with an agenda focused on Ethics in Mapping: Integrity, Inclusion and Empathy.

AutoCarto 2022 brings attention to ethical responsibilities we face in all aspects of our discipline with conversations on the power of maps and the critical need for integrity and empathy in cartography and GIScience. Submissions on topics from all areas of cartographic and geographic information science are welcome, and topics related to the theme are strongly encouraged, such as Geoethics and Mapping, Territorial Empathy, The Power of Maps for Equity and Social Justice, Geotracking and Social Responsibility, The Potential of GeoAI for Good and Evil, Storytelling for Empowerment and Action, and The Tension Between Privacy and Social Responsibility.

With its long history of bringing together researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government agencies to share scientific advancements and explore new ideas in cartography and GIScience, the AutoCarto symposium series continues to be standard-bearer of transformational research in cartography and GIScience.

Locations of AutoCarto conferences from 1974 to 2022.

Locations of AutoCarto conferences from 1974 to 2022.

Our primary goal for AutoCarto 2022 is to advance ethical, inclusive, and empathic cartography and GIScience and thereby stimulate similar advancements in other disciplines.

For meeting updates, follow CaGIS on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit the main AutoCarto webpage: cartogis.org/autocarto.

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Call for Papers: Cartography and Geospatial Information Education – Theories and Practices

We are inviting papers for a Special Issue with the Journal of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science, September, 2022 on Cartography and Geospatial Information Education: Theories and Practices.

Background

With development of geospatial information science and technology and applications in numerous areas, cartography and geospatial information education becomes increasingly more important in training graduates equipped with new capacities. The contents have always gradually been changing, as well as corresponding effective approaches to deliver sustainable and resilient education. COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented impact on every aspect of society since December of 2019. According to UNESCO monitoring, more than one billion students have experienced school closure [1]. With the help of rapidly improving online meeting tools, some institutions have set teaching and learning onto digital platforms, though some may choose other ways to continue sharing knowledge. Shifting from typical classroom lecturing and face-to-face meeting to online and hybrid learning poses challenges, but it also offers opportunities for education. Cartography and geospatial information education is no exception.

The ICA Commission on Education and Training organized an online workshop “Challenges and Opportunities of Cartography and GIS Education: in the Classroom and in the Cloud” on October 28, 2021. Fourteen speakers presented their research and reflections on education and cartographic theory. And two prestigious educators shared their professional experiences and suggestions with young participants. The workshop received registrations from over thirty countries. In addition, there has been increasing numbers of submissions on education theme during previous International Cartographic Conferences.

To further offer more space for knowledge sharing, this issue invites educators and researchers to contribute research and studies on cartography and geospatial information education and other related topics. Suggested topics of interest can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Theories of cartography and theoretical foundations for teaching and learning of cartography,
  • Spatial thinking, spatial understanding and cognition of cartographic education,
  • New paradigms of geospatial information teaching and fieldworks in a social transforming era,
  • Development of a ‘Body of Knowledge’ for cartography and course design,
  • Sustainable and resilient curriculum and course design for cartography and GIS education,
  • Developing online educational resources and open textbooks for cartography and GIS,
  • Experiences in online cartography and GIS teaching at various levels,
  • Technical support, including open source software and datasets, for academic education in cartography and geospatial information,
  • Linking cartographic education with education in other geo-related disciplines

You are warmly invited to consider to submit your paper before Jun 1, 2022 to this special issue. Please leave a message during your submission that “this paper is submitted to the special issue on Cartography and Geospatial Information Education: Theories and Practices”. After review, the tentative publishing date is September, 2022. Please find submission information and author guide lines at: http://jggs.sinomaps.com/

For more information and contact details, please visit the commission website.

Guest editors

Guest editors of the special issue are:

  • Tao Wang, Capital Normal University, Beijing, CHINA
  • David Fairbairn, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
  • Georg Gartner, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Xiaojuan Li, Capital Normal University, Beijing, CHINA
  • Terje Midtbø, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NORWAY
  • László Zentai, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, HUNGARY

New book on the Barbara Petchenik Competition

The Spanish Ministry of Transports, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, through the National Geographic Institute of Spain and the Spanish Centre for Geographic Information, has published the book “The World drawn by children. Barbara Petchenik International Competitions 2017 & 2019 / El mundo dibujado por los niños. Concursos Internacionales Barbara Petchenik 2017 y 2019”. It has been released on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on the 11th of February 2021 and aiming to pay tribute to all women and girls dedicated to or interested in Geography and Cartography.

Furthermore, the organiser of these competitions, the International Cartographic Association (ICA), wished to dedicate this publication to the National Geographic Institute of Spain as a tribute to the 150th anniversary of its foundation back in 1870. Its bilingual (English/Spanish) digital version is available from today in the publication section of the Institute’s website. The printed version will be released soon.

The book has been produced by the National Geographic Institute of Spain and it has been published by the Spanish Centre for Geographic Information. It has been created thanks to the valuable contribution of the ICA Commission on Cartography & Children and the remarkable cooperation of the Spanish Society for Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, which represents Spain at the ICA. However, above all, it could only come into fruition thanks to the wonderful drawings made by children competing in the 2017 and 2019 editions. It also features the pictures regards Barbara Petchenik’s biography accomplished by illustrator Santiago N. Fernández, on loan from the National Geographic Institute of Argentina.

Barbara Petchenik (1939-1992), American cartographer, is an extraordinary example in the task of bringing together science and values, i.e. she was the first woman to serve as Vice-President of the ICA, she was involved in several projects with an exceptional scientific output in the field of cartography, and she worked hard to make maps, her great passion, part of regular education from childhood.



Illustrated details about the life of Barbara Petchenik

There could be no better occasion than today, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, to present the values that guide the international competition that is embodied in this book, in which the main characters are both the World drawn by children and the love for maps.

The Archive for the Barbara Petchenik Children Map Competitions is kept at Carleton University Library (Canada), and can be viewed at https://childrensmaps.library.carleton.ca/. The aims of this international competition are to promote creative representation of the world as seen by schoolchildren, to strengthen geographic and cartographic knowledge and to make participants aware of the world in which they live, favouring understanding and preservation.

The publication of the book also aims to promote the 2021 edition of this international competition, whose theme this time is “A map of my future world”. All Spanish children will be able to participate in this new competition. The Spanish Society for Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ICA’s representative in Spain, will receive the drawings and will select the six best national works, which will represent Spain in the international edition. The final decision will take place from 14 to 18 December 2021 in Florence (Italy), simultaneously with the celebration of the 30th International Cartography Conference.

Workshop on Adaptable Research Methods For Empirical Research with Map Users

The ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization and the ICA Commission on User Experience are pleased to invite you an online workshop on Adaptable Research Methods For Empirical Research with Map Users on Thursday, 6 May 2021.

Everyone globally has been affected by the COVID-19 in one way or another. Most of us have probably had to make adjustments to planned research projects as a result of restrictions on mobility and interacting with people outside our own households.

Nevertheless, despite these challenges, people have been successful in undertaking research. We believe that there have probably been a number of creative solutions devised for running experiments that gather empirical data from people, and some of these solutions may be well worth preserving for use in the future.

Therefore we propose a workshop to share some of our collective experiences in doing this kind of work over the last 14 months. We hope to learn from each others’ successes and failures and contribute constructive suggestions for yet-to-be-solved problems presented by the situation.

Workshop format

We expect everyone attending the workshop to actively participate in the sharing and discussions. This could mean that you present a lightning talk about a problem you need help solving (we are looking at you, PhD students!), or it could mean you discuss an experience that didn’t work as you hoped/planned, or it could mean that you present a solution that worked well for you and that might help others.

We plan that the session will be relaxed and relatively informal as not all experiences may be easy to share in a standard, formal scientific presentation. For example, some experiences may be easier to communicate via demonstration. Therefore, we ask when you submit your abstract, you also specify how much time you would like and how you would like to spend your time.

Some possible options include:

  • Standard presentation
  • Demonstrating a technique or method you’ve devised
  • Facilitating a discussion about particular types of challenges you’ve wrestled with (to best do this, provide discussion points/questions that workshop participants can reflect on before the workshop);
  • Other creative uses of the time that you can negotiate with the workshop organisers – we are open to ideas!

Workshop Outcomes

We plan at a minimum to build a webpage to be hosted on the Commission website with a synthesis of the ideas presented at the workshop. It is hard to predict in advance if there will be sufficient material, but if it seems to be the case after the workshop, we suggest also the development of a collaborative paper to be submitted to the International Journal of Cartography.

Deadline for abstracts

We ask that you submit your abstract by 28 February 2021 (Anywhere on Earth) to this website.

We will use the ICA Abstracts template, which can be accessed at Copernicus. Note, you should NOT provide a paper – use only the abstract component of the template! Your abstract should be no longer than 500 words.

Schedule

Date(s): Thursday 6 May; additionally Friday 7 May (if demand is great enough).
Time: 22:00-2:00 (AUS), 20:00-0:00 (Beijing), 14:00-18:00 (CET), 13:00-17:00 (UK); 9:00-13:00 (Rio de Janeiro); 8:00-12:00 (East Coast US); 5:00-9:00 (West Coast US)

We have planned a half-day workshop on Thursday 6 May. If there is sufficient enthusiasm for participation based on the responses to the CFP, we have tentatively planned to extend the workshop to a second half-day on Friday 7 May.

There is no time of day that will perfectly suit all time zones, so we have tried to come up with a schedule that allows the greatest number of time zones to attend at least some of the workshop at an at least semi-civilised hour.

Cost

There is no cost for participation, but we ask that you register in advance by 31 March 2021 to support the logistical planning of the workshop. The registration link is available on the workshop website.

Workshop Platform

The platform we use will depend on registered numbers, but either Teams or Remo are being considered. We will advise the platform to all registered participants before the workshop.

Organizers

ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization

  • Dr. Amy Griffin, RMIT University
  • Dr. Petr Kubíček, Masaryk University
  • Dr. Pyry Kettunen, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI, NLS)

ICA Commission on User Experience

  • Prof. Rob Roth, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Prof. Luciene Delazari, Federal Univ. of Paraná
  • Dr. Zdeněk Stachoň, Masaryk University
  • Katarzyna Słomska-Przech, University of Warsaw

Series of Conversations around Maps and Stories

Sensibility Mapping of Rwandan Life Stories by Élise Olmed

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) in collaboration with the Geomedia lab at Concordia University is organizing a series of conversations around maps and stories. These conversations will involve students, researchers, mapmakers, artists, and activists working at the intersection between maps and stories, and will aim to address two broad questions: What are the most pressing methodological, theoretical, technological, ethical and design challenges raised by the relationships between maps and stories? What might be the impacts of these relationships within the social, cultural and political spheres? This series of conversations will take place online and will be freely accessible.

List of conversations

Feb. 3, 2021 (12:00 to 13:30 Eastern) – Reflections on cartographic languages when collectively mapping possible worlds

  • Séverin Halder – Activist, geographer & co-editor of “This Is Not an Atlas”
  • Paul Schweizer – Geographer, popular educator & co-editor of “This Is Not an Atlas”
  • Pablo Mansilla Quiñones – Associate Professor, Institute of Geography. Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso.

Registration: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvcOuvpzMiG9GqsMlDlxEq_50w_qi20MVn?fbclid=IwAR0OkpwQTbOrT4q904C_5-qgBuavD-qZbrUN4upD1nALojbP4tLjd99KSqk

Feb. 25, 2021 (12:00 to 13:30 Eastern) – Listening

  • Anne Knowles – Historical geographer & professor of history at University of Maine
  • Margaret Pearce – Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member and cartographer

Registration: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkceCqpjgrHtB3rSdJ5TmXnPYef_NjPGTt?fbclid=IwAR0qMhXJplcAaI4znvDdHn6KI3R5Kb7C-ht9_gpjrH1i24cCgVgkFcTmzts

March 23, 2021 (14:30-16:00 Eastern) Weaving stories threads: An Indigenous Cartographic Engagement

  • Annita Lucchesi – Cheyenne & PhD student at the University of Arizona
  • Pualani Louis – Kanaka ʻŌiwi & Associate Researcher with UC Davis Native American Studies

Registration: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUudOisrTgoEt0YDodiAdFuhqNf69gkwhQs?fbclid=IwAR3q-31EaaPzVaVTEfBvzmU_sN6UXuHEZzaYLicnZC9oL-NKsLTfbaO85Fk

April 8, 2021 (12:00 to 13:30 Eastern) – Mapping the Skin and the Guts of Exile’s Stories

  • Élise Olmedo – Banting Postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University
  • Sébastien Caquard – Associate Professor of Geography & co-director of the Center for Oral History and Digital storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University

Registration: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtf-uhrTkpEtMbdfOcgBpXuAVF_QClEa2d?fbclid=IwAR3HnsR5XNGnmNg0-evexVyLoWVcm_hrd_N2OgQy6ZMlO9fSqMWqeiOap4Q

June 3, 2021 (12:00 to 13:30 Eastern) – Speaking (with) maps: A threefold map-talk on cartographic objects, narratives and migrancies

  • Tania Rossetto – Associate Professor of Cultural Geography & Co-convenor of the Mobility & Humanities Centre, University of Padua
  • Laura Lo Presti – Postdoc Researcher, University of Padua & ICOG Visiting Research Fellow, University of Groeningen
  • Giada Peterle – Lecturer in Literary Geography, University of Padua

Registration: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItfu2oqzksGdw9Pkjyz9NTp-3wlPOwdYZ-?fbclid=IwAR2CNO_5dzzXUNilSsesq1EBS4CPWDWTjH4mzcz7LqBvQMpWluiJf-yJWqQ

AutoCarto 2020 – Online on GIS Day!

CaGIS is proud to present AutoCarto 2020, the 23rd International Research Symposium at the intersection of cartography and GIScience.

AutoCarto 2020 is being offered virtually in an open access format that is online and free to all!

The program consists of 40 papers by 121 authors from 14 counties, 7 workshops by 16 organizers from 6 countries, and 4 visionary keynotes from international, government, industry, and academic perspectives.

All of this great content goes live on GIS Day — Wednesday, November 18, 2020 — so be sure to visit the AutoCarto website then!

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EuroCarto 2020 – a successful (virtual) ICA Regional Conference

In the week of 21–25 September 2020, the EuroCarto 2020 (including the 68th German Cartography Congress) took place as a virtual event. With 412 registered participants from 57 countries as well as 45 presentations, three keynotes, a CartoHack and a CartoCafé, the event was a great success. The abstracts of all contributions have been published in the Abstracts of the ICA and can be read under the following link: https://www.abstr-int-cartogr-assoc.net/2/index.html. The videos of the presentations can be found in the detailed program on the event website.

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Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2021

Dear friends and colleagues,

It’s a great pleasure and honor to announce the Official Call for the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2021.

This year there are no significant changes for the participants in the competition. The only one change is the new theme of the competition: A map of my future world (as selected by our colleagues from 17 countries).

All documents related to the organization of the next competition can be found here:

Please note: In June 2021, national coordinators will be invited to participate in an e-mail-based voting process to select the winning entries. Due to this, it is very important to send the names and e-mail addresses of the national coordinators to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children in the next months – otherwise we cannot ensure a direct contact for submitting the invitation.

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.

Best regards

Carla Cristina R. G. de SENA
Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children

Jose Jesus REYES NUNEZ
Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children

Invitation to the Virtual EuroCarto 2020

State-of-the-art information, together with many interesting discussions all around cartography and its many facets – this is what the 2020 (Virtual) EuroCarto is all about, plus much, much more, so be sure to join us between September the 21st and 25th.

This event, which is co-organized by the German, Austrian and Swiss Cartographic Societies, is also the 68th German Cartography Congress as well as a regional conference of the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

As a direct consequence of the Corona Pandemic, holding the planned event in Vienna was unfortunately just not possible. But this virtual edition of EuroCarto 2020 is more than just a substitute:

From Monday to Friday there will be up to three presentation sessions, held either in the early afternoon or early evening.

You can look forward to an extensive and wide-ranging program – which you will find on the conference website eurocarto2020.org. Among the highlights will be Keynotes by Tim Trainor (President of ICA), Gerd Buziek (Esri Deutschland, on the subject of COVID 19-Dashboard) and Wolfgang Kainz (University of Vienna).

The technical and temporal framework has been arranged in such a way that there will also be many opportunities for discussions with your peers and further to the many presentation sessions there will also be further possibilities for professional and social exchange (e.g. at a “Carto Café extra”).

Thanks to our sponsors – Esri DE/CH, Schubert & Franzke, GeoVille Information Systems and Data Processing and the open access journal publisher MDPI – participation in EuroCarto 2020 is free of charge for all!

The mandatory online registration form can be found at eurocarto2020.org – however due to technical restrictions, the number of participants is limited to 400 – so don’t wait, register now to be sure you can join us!

Wolfgang Kainz, Conference Chair
President of the Austrian Cartographic Commission

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AutoCarto 2020 Online

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Regretfully, COVID-19 continues July to spread across the US at alarming rates which diminishes our hope for a safe environment to hold AutoCarto 2020 as an in-person conference in November. Therefore, we have decided to reformat the conference as an online experience.

AutoCarto 2020 will be offered online as a set of extended abstracts and associated recorded presentations. These will go live on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Viewers will have the opportunity to contact presenters with questions or comments. Extended abstracts will also be published in the AutoCarto 2020 Online Proceedings.

Please find all details here:

  1. An AutoCarto 2020 proceedings will be published on the AutoCarto website. These proceedings will be comprised of extended abstracts that have been reviewed and accepted by the Program Committee. The deadline for submitting a new extended abstract is September 15, 2020. The deadline for submitting a revised abstract is September 30, 2020. The online proceedings will be open-access, and authors will retain copyright over their submissions. Please inform May Yuan, Program Chair, at myuan[at]utdallas.edu if you wish to exclude your extended abstract that has already been accepted from the proceedings.
  2. Authors whose extended abstracts have been accepted are invited to share a presentation of that will be published on the AutoCarto 2020 website alongside their presentation. The deadline for submitting presentations is November 10, 2020. These presentations may be in either PDF format and/or MP4 format. Upload a PDF of the presentation you created using PowerPoint or another presentation tool and/or a recording of your presentation in MP4 format to a cloud storage service (e.g., Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or OneDrive). Please email the shared link to May Yuan and provide contact information for the corresponding presenter for questions or comments from viewers.
  3. All authors are free to submit their extended abstracts to other conferences since AutoCarto 2020 will not be held as an in-person conference.
  4. Rex Cammack (rcammack[at]unomaha.edu) is editing a Taylor & Francis book and will consider including papers expanded from the extended abstracts for AutoCarto 2020. Please contact Rex if you are interested in contributing a chapter based on your extended abstract.
  5. Authors may also consider submitting their work to the Cartography and Geographic Information Science journal. Please follow the normal submission guidelines for authors.

While we are saddened at the changes we must make to AutoCarto 2020, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society is already beginning to plan AutoCarto 2022 where we will look forward to seeing you in person.

Sincerely,
Aileen Buckley, AutoCarto 2020 Conference Chair
May Yuan, AutoCarto 2020 Program Chair

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