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Announcement of the Pre-ICC Workshop on Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping take pleasure in inviting you to their joint international preconference workshop: Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other. The workshop will be held at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, on 15 July 2019. The workshop is open to all cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and lay persons interested in the diverse aspects of the history of cartography and topographic mapping.

The joint organizers invite papers on both western and eastern cartographic practice from a historical perspective, from the early modern era until the early 20th century. Themes include how each of these cartographic traditions developed over time, how they understood and mapped their own space but also how they mapped and saw Others, and how these diverse cartographic cultures and practices around the globe contributed to the dissemination of geographic knowledge.

Although the Symposium will primarily focus on these themes, submissions of high quality on endeavors in other fields of cartographic history and topographic mapping will also be considered.

Venue

The intended venue is the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, located in the beautiful Tokyo bay area. The Museum is equipped with an excellent space for our conference sessions, map exhibition and technical exhibition. The conference venue is surrounded by more than 3 000 hotel rooms within walking distance.

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations (25 min + 5 min for questions and discussion). These need to reach the organisers by 30 March 2019. You can submit your abstract here.

Registration

The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in the history of cartography and topographic mapping but requires participants to register. Registration will be open until the available seating is allocated and is free of charge. Please note that it is not necessary to be registered for the main ICC conference to be able to attend the workshop. You can register for the workshop here.

Contact

Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to:

  • Mirela Altic – Vice-Chair ICA Commission on the History of Cartography: mirela.altic(at)gmail.com
  • Alexander Kent – Chair ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping: alexander.kent(at)canterbury.ac.uk

 

Please find more information on the workshop website: history.icaci.org/tokyo-2019

Announcement of the Pre-ICC Workshop on Abstraction, Scale & Perception

The ICA Commissions on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, and on Generalisation and Multiple Representation, are pleased to organize a joint one-day workshop dedicated to advances, works in progress, and position statements about the perception of geospatial abstractions and scale in maps and geovisualisations.

Abstraction is the main process for moving from a geographic space or phenomenon to its representation as spatial information. Abstractions may be conceptual, geometric, semantic, graphic, visual, or cognitive. Examples include techniques to highlight, enhance, or simplify salient characteristics or properties, in order to support visual communication, recognition, understanding of spatial features and inferring knowledge about spaces. If different aspects of abstraction are not managed well, across different scales, for example when navigating through scales in geoportals, it can lead to perceptual difficulties in reading the map. Generalisation is the process of deliberately transforming existing geospatial data or their symbolisation into more abstract representations, and multiple representation involves creating a series of such generalisations, often distributed through map scale.

The workshop will feature research presentations and open-ended brainstorming sessions, and will focus on identifying open research gaps and the elaboration of a shared research agenda. We encourage submissions from any practitioner of abstraction or generalisation: those in academia, industry, or government, among other sectors, are welcome.

Paper deadline: 22nd February 2019

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • multi-scale, multi-source and multi-view graphic representation
  • massive data (“Big Data”) generalization
  • continuous visualization (across scales) and fluid interaction with graphic representations
  • (semi) automated approaches for map design and geovisualization
  • generalisation, schematization, and stylization techniques
  • visual perception measures and experimental approaches to assess visual perception
  • thematic applications: statistical and socio-economic data, spatio-temporal data and phenomena, urban and environmental dynamics, etc.
  • technical applications, adaptation to visualization devices, (i.e., smartphones, tablets, VR/AR) and use contexts (e.g.,  emergency and crisis management, individual mobility, industrial purposes, etc.).

 

Please find more information on the workshop website: icc2019abstraction.wordpress.com

Announcement of the Pre-ICC Workshop on Atlases and Infographics

Sunday, 14 July 2019, Tokyo
The final event location at the ICC venue will be announced

Over centuries atlases have been defined as a “book of maps” or “bound collection of maps” with a strong emphasis on the depicting geographic space through the sole use of maps. In 1795, William Playfair published, what was the first statistical atlas. In this Commercial and Political Atlas but he not only used maps, but also area and bar charts, line graphs and histograms.

These statistical information graphics became prominent in the 19th century, spawning iconic examples such as Minard’s map of Napoleon’s march on Moscow or Florence Nightingale’s graphs on the Crimean war.

Their prominent appearance in atlases has put statistical information graphics on the forefront in developing visualization forms for geographical information. The Statistical Atlas of the United States (1870), Otto Neurath’s Modern Man In The Making (1939), Erwin Raisz’ Atlas of Global Geography (1944) and the Atlas of Switzerland (2000) mark keystones on the way infographic became an inevitable constituent of modern atlases.

The one-day workshop consists of two parts. Part one will focus on historical and novel advancements in the use of infographics for atlases in two sessions with short paper contributions (10 minutes presentation + 5 minutes for discussion). Part two focuses on a discussion of recent developments to contribute to new atlas frameworks considering the future use of infographics and the utilization of different graphical techniques.

Contributions

Authors are invited to submit short abstracts (up to 100 words) until 1st March 2019 directly (e-mail) to the organizers.

In case of too many contributions, the organizers will select those who fit best the atlases and infographics’ scope.

Publications

After the workshop, PDFs of the presentations and further findings will be published on the CoA website. A paper publication of selected contributions will be envisaged.

Attendance

If you wish to attend without presenting or want to be updated personally, please register your interest by informing the organizers.

Organizers

 

Please find more information on the workshop website: atlas.icaci.org/icc-preconference-workshop-atlases-and-infographics

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: cet2019.cnu.edu.cn

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)
  • 11–12 July 2019: Workshop

 

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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