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Announcement of the Pre-ICC Commission Workshop on Geospatial and Cartographic Education – Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities

The next workshop of the ICA Commission on Education and Training will take place at Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July 2019.

Scheduled to allow for attendees to travel on to the International Cartographic Conference in Tokyo, Japan, the following week, this workshop will address a range of issues related to education in the discipline of cartography and related fields.  The suggested topics include the following:

  • Integrating cartographic principles into GIS curricula
  • Linking cartographic education with education in other geomatics and geospatial sciences
  • Experiences in teaching cartography and GIS to non-specialists
  • Technical support requirements for academic education in cartography and GIS
  • Use of open source software and datasets in geospatial and cartographic education
  • Theoretical foundations for the study of cartography
  • Curriculum design for GIS and cartographic education
  • Development of a ‘Body of Knowledge’ for cartography
  • Developing on-line educational resources for cartography and GIS
  • Ensuring relevance of geospatial and cartographic education for industry – what do employers want from graduates in cartography and GIS?
  • Accreditation and professional recognition of education in cartography and GIS

You are encouraged to consider contributing presentations on these and other relevant issues in Beijing.  The intention is that there will be opportunities to deliver full oral presentations, suitable for publication, relating to research and experiences.  After discussion, the submission of such presentations to the International Journal of Cartography will be advised.

A significant proportion of the programme will consist of shorter more informal contributions, including posters, to allow for effective discussion and knowledge-transfer.  The scope of attendance will be international, and good practice, experiences, and advice will be communicated (the workshop language is English) in formal presentation, discussion sessions, and learning workshops.

The venue, Capital Normal University, is in the west of central Beijing, close to the Central Television Tower and Beijing Zoo.  This University area has many hotels close by, is well-connected to the city’s transport links, and is an ideal location for academic, technical and touristic activities.

Further announcements of the workshop will be made on this website, and distributed in other relevant channels: you will have the opportunity to submit contributions and ideas through this site in the near future, and note advice on travel and accommodation opportunities.  If you wish to be updated personally, please register your interest by informing the Commission chair, david.fairbairn@newcastle.ac.uk  who will also be pleased to receive expressions of interest in contributing to the workshop and developing the agenda further.

Workshop organizers

  • Tao Wang, Local Organiser, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
  • David Fairbairn, CET Chair, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Stefan Peters, CET Vice-Chair, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

 
Please find more information on the workshop website: education.icaci.org/commission-workshop-2019-beijing

Announcement of the Pre-ICC Joint Commission Workshop on Mobile Map UX

The ICA Commissions on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, Location Based Services, Visual Analytics, and Use, User and Usability Issues are pleased to announce a joint workshop to outline a research agenda on Mobile Map UX. Since their first description in the cartographic literature, interactive mapping applications drawing on location-based services and mobile technologies have fundamentally transformed the way that people experience place. Accordingly, established tenets of cartography need to be reexamined and updated for the mobile platform. Further, new cartographic design strategies are needed for mobile maps to ensure a productive and satisfying user experience (UX).

Position Papers

This workshop builds upon the successful ICA joint workshops and special issues on Big Challenges in Interactive Cartography and Location Based Services to develop a research agenda for Mobile Map UX. To this end, we solicit 2-page position papers proposing emerging issues and pressing needs regarding Mobile Map UX. We encourage position statements from multiple sectors, including academia, industry, and government.

Format

The workshop will cross two days, the first focused on student engagement and establishing common ground on topics related to Mobile Map UX and the second on developing a working research agenda for Mobile Map UX (capped registration).

Day #2 papers should be 2-pages and focus on “big problems”, or key research challenges and opportunities, related to the dimensions of Mobile Map UX listed above. Please submit your 2-page white paper in the CHI Archive Format. Please use positions papers from the 2015 workshop as examples for reference (available for download the bottom of the page). Position papers will be peer-reviewed by the organizing committee based on intellectual merit, scope and timeliness, and engagement with new literature and technology.

Venue

The Beijing Normal University (BNU) Faculty of Geography was founded in 1910 and is one of the premier institutions for cartography and mapping sciences in China. BNU is located between the 2nd and 3rd city rings and is within 2km of multiple metro lines. BNU has graciously offered to provide space and coffee, as well as assistance with visas.

Timeline

  • 1 February 2019: Deadline for 2-page Position Papers (sent to reroth@wisc.edu)
  • 1 March 2019: Notification of Accepted Papers & Preliminary Schedule; Registration Opens
  • 1 June 2019: Deadline to Register (no cost)

 

Please find more information on the workshop website: use.icaci.org/user-experience-design-for-mobile-cartography-setting-the-agenda

Invitation to Pre-ICC Symposium on Location-based Big Data 2019

We are happy to invite you to a pre-ICC2019 symposium on Location-based Big Data 2019 (LocBigData 2019), which will take place in Tokyo, Japan on 15 July 2019. This symposium is co-organized by the ICA Commission on LBS, and Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modelling.

This symposium aims to offer a common ground for researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and research findings, and to discuss the open challenges and future research direction on location-based big data (e.g., tracking or sensing data, social media data and crowdsourced geographic information).

You are invited to submit work-in-progress or position papers with a length of 600-1200 words by 15 February 2019. All submissions will be peer reviewed. We intend to have a special issue at an international journal after the symposium.

More information can be found at lbs.icaci.org/locbigdata/

We are looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you in Tokyo.
Haosheng Huang, Angela Yao, Jukka Krisp and Bin Jiang

Invitation to the ICA Maps and the Internet Commission Meeting in Zadar, Croatia

The ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet is holding a working meeting regarding the next book to be published by the commission and the future of the commission following the ICC2019 in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting will be held from December 10–11, 2018 in Zadar, Croatia.

Zadar, Croatia. Photo by Böhringer Friedrich via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.5.

Zadar, Croatia. Photo by Böhringer Friedrich via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.5.

Short 100–200 words research abstracts for the meeting can be sent to Dr. Rex Cammack. Abstracts will be accepted up to November 30, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts will be encouraged to submit a completed research paper for publication in the Maps and Internet book. Individuals not submitting abstracts are encouraged to attend the meeting and be involved in the discussions regarding the future of the commission. As always the Maps and Internet Commission welcomes anyone interested in cartography to participate and learn about the ICA and the Commission on Maps and the Internet in this meeting.

More information can be found on the website of the commission.

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Invitation to the ICA Symposium on Early Warning and Crisis Management in the Big Data Era

The ICA Symposium on Early Warning and Disaster Risk Management for Urban Areas in Big Data Era is being reconvened following the success of the previous meetings. This series of symposiums aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and domain experts to share their research results on all aspects of Early Warning (EW) and Crises Management (CM). Recent major disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and landslides have resulted in huge losses in terms of human life and property destruction in urban areas. Therefore, policies, mechanisms and solutions to handle the increasing risk of disasters is urgently needed. Organizers would like to provide an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to discuss the most recent innovations, trends, challenges and practical solutions of EW and CM for Urban Areas in the Big Data Era.

The event will be held on 1–3 December 2018 at Shenzhen University, Shenzhen.

The final program can be downloaded here.

Further details can be found on the conference website: conf.fishmap.site

Invitation to the 14th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences, since 2006, is organising the 14th Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) in Thessaloniki, Greece, 8‒10 May 2019, in partnership with the AUTH ‒ Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, supported by the MAGIC ‒ Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.

The programme is organised in thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects usually treated in the Conferences of the ICA Cartoheritage Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2015‒2019) and the topics treated by its working units. This is the second ICA DACH Conference with a special interest reserved to the contribution of Cartoheritage to Digital Humanities:

  • Digitisation ‒ Georeference
  • Content analysis in terms of geometry and thematics of cartodiversity
  • Landscape change studies based on map-archival sources
  • Visualisation of Cartoheritage, including thematic portals
  • Interconnection of cartographic archival sources, especially map and textual data
  • Historical terrestrial and aerial photography, including photo-related post-cards and relevant material ‒ cartographic parametrisation
  • Cartoheritage web providing issues
  • Interaction of cartoheritage with map and geoinformation curatorship of cartodiversity
  • Development of cartoheritage as a cultural issue, within the context of GLAM, addressed to education and to the general public
  • Geographic affinities with Cartoheritage
  • Cartoheritage and Digital Humanities
  • Other relevant issues of the Cartoheritage ecosystem

The presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings (ISSN-2459-3893) available in digital form during the conference (see the Madrid 2018, Venice 2017 and Riga 2016 proceedings).

The conference is kindly hosted by the AUTH Library & Information Centre and by the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki (see venues). The conference board is advising and implementing the overall organisation.

For more information about the conference please visit cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Thessaloniki2019.

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Call for Papers, AAG Session on Mapping Difficult Stories

The ICA Commission on Art and Cartography invites papers to be included in the session Mapping Difficult Stories at the 2019 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., from April 3–7 April, 2019. 

In this session we are interested in exploring new forms of spatial expression designed to visualize stories that are difficult to tell: stories of individual and mass violence, stories of containment and forced displacements, stories of painful memories and tragedies. Mapping such stories can serve different purposes. It can contribute to a better understanding of personal and collective experiences, of the socio-political forces that have shaped them and of the relationships that individuals and communities have developed with places throughout these difficult moments. Mapping difficult stories can also make these experiences more tangible and accessible to a broader audience.

Mapping difficult stories requires us to revisit and expand our cartographic language. Stories in general do not land particularly well on maps. While stories are spatial, they are also fluid; their geographies fluctuate, change shape and scale, as can their context and the individual who bears them. Whether expressed in interviews, memoirs, diaries, or letters, the elusive geographies of stories don’t easily mesh with the rigid Euclidean structure of the conventional map, and the transformation of difficult memories into abstract cartographic symbols generates ethical and methodological issues that mapmakers must engage. Building on the growing interest in mapping experience among scholars, artists and cartographers in across the arts and humanities, this session aims to bring together a broad range of individuals interested in sharing their efforts to find spatial forms of expression for difficult stories.

If you are interested in joining this session please send an abstract (no more than 250 words) to Anne Knowles (anne.knowles@maine.edu), and Sébastien Caquard (sebastien.caquard@concordia.ca) by October 25, 2018.

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Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2019

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 2019, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

The theme for the 2019 competition remains the same one that in 2017: “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 2019. [All details can be found in the rules document.]

 

We Love Maps by Ioana Larisa Guriţǎ (13)

1st place >12 years, 2017: We Love Maps by Ioana Larisa Guriţǎ (13)

 

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 29th International Cartographic Conference in Tokyo, Japan, from 15–20 July 2019. 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, as well as a 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.

 

Maps – Our Path for Exploration by Champ Turner (15)

Winner of the public vote 2017: “Maps – Our Path for Exploration” by Champ Turner (15)

 

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 Carleton University Library.

ICA assumes we can count on the participation of your country in the competition 2019.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

Invitation to workshop Controlling the Waters: Seas, Lakes and Rivers on Historic Maps and Charts

Banner for Utrecht 2019 workshop

It is a tradition that the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) jointly organize a pre-ICHC event. For the 28th ICHC they have teamed up with the Map Collection of Utrecht University and will together host a workshop focusing on the cartography of water.

  • Date: 12 July 2019
  • Place: Utrecht University, University Library, Boothzaal and Map Collection, The Netherlands

Fresh and salt waters are a key lifeline for all civilizations but at the same time can also threaten human habitats. Over the centuries, people have ventured out to navigate and explore the waters, while also putting systems in place to manage and control them. This has resulted in numerous categories of water-related maps such as portolan charts, maritime and river cartography, hydrographic surveys, VOC charts, polder maps etc. The workshop will offer a forum to discuss this rich variety in cartographic heritage.

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations (25 minutes plus Q&A) focusing on the human interaction with water from a historical perspective.

  • Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: December 2018

You can submit your abstract here.

Registration

The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in the history of cartography but requires participants to register. Registration will be open until the available seating is allocated and will be free of charge.

For more information on the workshop please visit history.icaci.org/utrecht-2019

Research Agenda on Location Based Services (LBS) is online

The ICA Commission on Location Based Services is happy to announce that the LBS Research Agenda has been published online as an open access paper in the Journal of Location Based Services.

Haosheng Huang, Georg Gartner, Jukka M. Krisp, Martin Raubal & Nico Van de Weghe (2018): Location based services: ongoing evolution and research agenda, Journal of Location Based Services, DOI: 10.1080/17489725.2018.1508763

A multi-phase collaborative process was adopted during the development of this research agenda: Based on the 31 one-paragraph proposals of “big challenges in LBS”, and the feedback and results of the workshop at LBS 2016 and conference session at ICC 2017, we identified a list of “key research challenges” that should be addressed to bring LBS to a higher level to better benefit our society and environment. Thank you to all the participants during this process!

The current research agenda highlights a series of research challenges in six broad areas:

  • Ubiquitous positioning,
  • Context modelling and context-awareness,
  • Mobile user Interfaces and interaction,
  • Analysis of LBS-generated data,
  • User studies and evaluation, and
  • Social and behavioral implication of LBS.

As the research agenda is not set in stone, you are encouraged to provide your comments here.

We hope this research agenda helps to motivate further LBS research and stimulate collective efforts. Particularly, through the work of the ICA Commission on LBS and the Journal of LBS, a series of activities (conferences, workshops, and special issues) on LBS will be organized in the coming years to bring together the broader community to answer these open research questions, as well as to “positively” shape the future of our mobile information society.

One of these activities is the annual international conference series on LBS. Next year the conference will be hosted by TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, in November 2019. More details regarding the conference will be available in the coming months at lbsconference.org.

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