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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.

Invitation to Workshop on New Directions in Geovisual Analytics

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a pre-conference workshop to be held in conjunction with GIScience 2018 on August 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

New Directions in Geovisual Analytics: Visualization, Computation, and Evaluation

The workshop focuses on eliciting and sharing nascent challenges in visual design, evaluation, and computation related to geovisual analytics. The core concept of this workshop is to focus on exploring ideas for new approaches – not simply to recap what has already been accomplished. Toward that end, workshop participants will be asked to submit extended abstracts that describe new research directions in visualization, evaluation, or computation (and may synthesize across these areas as well). We especially encourage high-risk ideas that have a potentially high-return in terms of scientific and social impact. Potential topics may include:

  • New visual representation types in geovisual analytics
  • Novel computational and visual methods for handling massive, streaming, spatiotemporal data
  • Opportunities for integrating immersive environments and geovisual analytics
  • Artistic approaches for expressing or interacting with big spatial data
  • New approaches for integrating users in the design of geovisual analytics systems
  • Ideas for integrating sensemaking into geovisual analytics

This workshop will have a discussion-centric format. Accepted talks will be given in short formats (10min or 5min in length) with an emphasis on having ample discussion and networking time connected to each series of talks.

The workshop will be held August 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Deadline

The deadline for submitting extended abstracts (no longer than six pages using the GIScience 2018 format) has been extended to May 11, 2018.

A dedicated workshop website can be found at viz.icaci.org/GVIZ2018

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IJGI Special Issue on Human-Centered Geovisual Analytics

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics and the ISPRS Working Group on Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality are excited to announce a special issue of IJGI.

Overview

Guest Editors: Dr. Arzu Çöltekin, Dr. Sidonie Christophe, Dr. Urška Demšar, Dr. Anthony Robinson

This special issue seeks papers on geovisual analytics and visuospatial display design with human-centered approaches.

Human abilities, limitations and attitudes are defining factors for adaptation of technological solutions, such as visuospatial displays used in geovisual analytics software environments. Human-centered issues (and associated solutions) can be complex to understand, model, and, importantly, generalize from individual experiments. Therefore, it is important that we continue asking new questions, or answer the old questions again with fresh perspectives to advance and solidify our knowledge. In addition to fundamental knowledge, technical solutions that are informed by fundamental knowledge (e.g., on the perceptual and cognitive factors) are still rare, even though it is understood that they could benefit users.

With this Special Issue, we intend to create a compendium of state-of-the-art knowledge on human-centered approaches to creating and using geovisual analytics environments; and the design of the visuospatial displays that are of core importance in visual analytics processes. We welcome contributions that feature technical solutions informed by human-centered user research; experimental studies demonstrating new knowledge in human visuospatial information processing, spatial perception and cognition, and studies focusing on usability engineering. Furthermore, we welcome literature reviews and theoretical papers that consolidates knowledge on any of the listed topics, or topics related to the scope of the Special Issue.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)

  • User-centered techniques for representing and interacting with big spatial data
  • Usability and utility evaluation of geovisual analytics
  • Cognitive studies of geovisualization
  • Personalization and customization of visuospatial displays
  • Ageing and visuospatial displays
  • Perceptually informed design principles for geovisual displays
  • Design and evaluation of virtual environments and augmented reality approaches for geovisualization
  • What about time? User-centered visual analytics for spatio-temporal data
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for movement and dynamic phenomena
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for environment and climate change
  • Geovisual analytics solutions for sustainability (from local to global scales)

Submission details

An expression of interest with a 200-word abstract should be sent to the editorial team latest by 15th of August 2018 at the email address human.isprs.ijgi@gmail.com. Please also mention if you will need a discount or waiver on the open access fees. If your institution has funds for open access publications, please consider that others might not, before asking for the waiver or discount.

Deadline for full paper submissions: 15 November 2018

 

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2nd Call for Papers for the 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping Empires Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea

You still have until 1 March to submit an abstract for the international symposium Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea, which will be held from 13–15 September 2018 in Oxford (UK) and is jointly organised by the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford.

Besides its scientific programme, the symposium will also include a nice array of social events, namely an ice-breaker reception, a maps and rare books exhibit and reception at Christ Church Library, a guided tour of Oxford, a conference dinner and a full-day visit to nearby Blenheim Palace.

For more information please visit the symposium website at mappingempires.icaci.org.

Invitation to the 11th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop

In partnership with the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geodesy, the ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography is organizing its 11th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop on the island of Hvar, Croatia. From May 21–25, 2018, we invite you to this beautiful venue in the Adriatic Sea and welcome you for numerous interesting excursions. The workshop will be hosted in hotels Pharos and Amfora in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia – the city of Hvar.

The ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop brings together cartographers, geographers and others who want to discuss the current developments in mountain cartography and spatial data analysis and representations related to mountain environments. Main conference topics are (but not limited to):

  • Mapping for outdoor activities in mountains
  • Mapping and GIS of mountainous areas
  • Physical and topographic mapping
  • Relief representation
  • Visualisation of mountain dynamics
  • Interactive atlases
  • New media applications
  • Glacier movement
  • Rock representation

Different presentation types are possible, from classic research papers to live software demonstrations and map discussions. With visits to the Hvar Observatory, St. Nikola and Pakleni Islands, the workshop includes outdoor thematic excursions, too.

Along with traditionally interesting scientific and professional programme and exchange of experiences among mountain cartographers from the whole world, there are many options for those interested for hiking and kayaking, local cuisine, charming beaches, historical sites or just strolling through the streets of the ancient Pharos. Our diversified programme with complementary activities will meet everyone’s interests.

Submit your abstract and take advantage of discounted early registration until February 28, 2018.

Find more information on the workshop web-site: science.geof.unizg.hr/cmc2018.

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