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View our poster series as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

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

Atlases, Cognition, Usability: ICA Commissions Workshop in Olomouc, Czech Republic

The ICA Commission on Atlases in cooperation with the ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization and the ICA Commission on Use, User and Usability Issues invite to a Joint Workshop in Olomouc, Czech Republic on April 27-30, 2018.

Although every atlas is intended for its users, cartographers should pay attention to the fundamental cognitive and usability issues of the product. The joint workshop addresses strengthening existing research on topics related to atlases, cognitive and usability issues and provides a platform for joint cooperation between cartographers dealing with atlases, cognitive, and user issues that will lead to new collaborations, new ideas and new friendships.

The workshop sessions will be managed as either oral presentation of research contribution or discussion motions where cartographer from each commission can present their ideas to the members of all three commissions and other workshop participants and invite further discussion from the audience.

Participants may also choose from some practical workshops. Optional guided tours to the romantic water cruise on the underground Punkva River and visit the Macocha Abyss, the largest gorge in the Central Europe, or a visit to the Moravian Cartographic Center.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open for submissions of abstracts on any topic of merit addressing at least one of the subjects of Atlases & Cognition & Usability. Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2018.

For more information, please consult the workshop website: spring2018.upol.cz

An overview over the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshops

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Many ICA commissions use the days before the ICC conference for dedicated workshops on their fields of research. This year, the following workshops will take place:

Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases

Meeting on Maps & the Internet, Ubiquitous Mapping and Education & Training

Mapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in Libraries

Different Fields – One Cartography

Supporting sustainable development with geoinformation management and modern maps: things you hardly consider

Workshop on Maps & Emotions

Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures, Standards, Open Source and Open Data for Geospatial (SDI-Open 2017)

Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data

Critical Review on Using Developable Surfaces in Map Projections Theory & Standardization in Map Projections

  • Date: July 2
  • Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC
  • Involved commission: Map Projections

Disaster Management, Big Data, Services and Cartographic Representation

Preserving Map Production Methodology Information

Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshop on Maps & Emotions

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The ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography and the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping invite you to a pre-conference workshop on Maps and Emotions. The goal of this workshop is to provide an intellectual and creative space to share different ideas and methodologies that can help further exploring the complex relationships that exist between places, maps and emotions.

Please find the detailed Call for Papers here.

Location

The workshop will be hosted by The George Washington University, located downtown Washington DC. The workshop will be free of charge, but the participants will have to pay for their food and lodging (a list will be provided on the ICC2017 website).

Timeline

  • 30 September 2016 – Deadline for submitting abstracts or activities proposals
  • 1 November 2016 – Successful Applicants notified
  • 15 January 2017 – Participants confirm their participation
  • February 2017 – Preliminary program released
  • May 2017 – Final program released
  • 1–2 July 2017 – Workshop prior to the ICC 2017

President’s Blog: A map perspective on the sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals, officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are a UN Initiative. Official website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

In the light of the International Map Year (IMY), the ICA and its commissions are highlighting the value of cartography by “mapping” the UN sustainable development goals.

In the past months, a set of posters has been created, one for each sustainable development goal. They do not map the goals and their target based on indicators as such. The poster series tells the story of cartographic diversity, of mapping options, and of multiple map perspectives. Each of the goals has been mapped from a particular perspective by different ICA Commissions. All posters have a short take-home-message that should make one aware of particular strengths of the map.

The posters as well as the catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals

A huge thank you to all commissions involved and to Wim Feringa from ITC for the poster design and production. Let’s make the world a better place with maps!

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

Joint ICA meeting in Vienna, November 8–9

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All chairs and vice-chairs of the ICA commissions and working groups were invited to join an ICA meeting in Vienna on 8–9 November 2015 to plan and discuss their activities for the term 2015–2019. 46 chairs, vice-chairs and members of the executive committee followed the invitation and spent two intensive workshop days at Technische Universität Wien.

Meeting participants

Commission chairs and vice-chairs

Working Group International Map Year

Executive Committee

Website

More photos of the workshop can be found on the ICA Facebook page.

Call for Participation, AAG Special Sessions on Cognition, Visualization, and User Issues

AAG Annual Meeting 2016The ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization (Amy Griffin, UNSW Canberra), the Commission on Visual Analytics (Anthony Robinson, Penn State) and the Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues (Kristien Ooms, UGent) invite papers on spatial cognition, geovisual analytics, and usability/utility of geographic information systems to be included in a series of sessions at the 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco from March 29–April 2, 2015.

We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions exploring geocomputation, geovisualization, navigation and wayfinding, map use, user studies, and methodologies for designing, developing, and evaluating geographic information and tools that leverage geographic data.

Topics for these sessions include (but are not limited to):

  • geovisualization and visual analytics, implementation and use (technical and/or cognitive issues)
  • visualization, cognition, and use of uncertainty in decision making
  • application of geovisualization displays & tools to understanding spatial cognition
  • methods, techniques and tools for usability research
  • methods for and application of cognitive theories
  • human-geovisualization interaction and usability research
  • cognition of space-time representations
  • wayfinding and navigation: visualisation, usability and cognitive issues
  • cognitive map design research
  • user requirements for and usability of digital geographic displays

Participants

In addition to geographers, GIScientists, cartographers, and cognitive or behavioral geographers we also invite speakers from a broad range of disciplines, including psychology, cognitive science, education, HCI, etc.

To be considered for these sessions, please:

  1. Register and submit your abstract online following the AAG Guidelines.
  2. Email your presenter identification number (PIN), paper title, and abstract to Amy Griffin by October 25, 2015.
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Get to know the new ICA commissions for the term 2015–2019

27 commissions and 3 working groups were elected for the term 2015–2019 by the ICA General Assembly 2015. We are currently in the process of updating the website to reflect these changes. Also some of the commissions are still preparing or updating their websites. In the meantime, we invite you to have a look at the short “Commissions at a glance” presentations, which the new commissions chairs gave during ICC 2015:

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