We need new maps: In a world increasingly influenced by human action and interaction, we still rely heavily on mapping techniques that were invented to discover unknown places and explore our physical environment. Starting from how people can be put on the map in new ways, this talk outlines the development of a novel technique that stretches a map according to quantitative data, such as population. The new maps are called gridded cartograms as the method is based on a grid onto which a density-equalising cartogram technique is applied. The underlying grid ensures the preservation of an accurate geographic reference to the real world. It allows the gridded cartograms to be used as basemaps onto which other information can be mapped. This applies to any geographic information from the human and physical environment. As demonstrated through the examples, the new maps can show any quantitative geospatial data, such as wealth, rainfall, or even the environmental conditions of the oceans. The new maps also work at various scales, from a global perspective down to the scale of urban environments. The gridded cartogram technique is proposed as an alternative map projection that is a viable and versatile alternative to other conventional map projections. The maps based on this technique open up a wide range of potential new applications to rediscover the diverse geographies of the world. They have the potential to allow us to gain new perspectives through detailed cartographic depictions.
Benjamin is a geographer educated at the Universities of Cologne & Bonn and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven/Germany) where he conducted research on hyperspectral remote sensing applications in coastal ecosystems. After working as a research assistant and lecturer in human and urban geography at the Urban and Social Geography Working Group of the Department of Geography, University of Cologne (Germany) he joined the Social and Spatial Inequalities Research Group at the University of Sheffield (UK). He completed his PhD as part of the Worldmapper project with research on visualising the social dimensions of our planet. He then worked as a research assistant and then as a senior research fellow at the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield investigating social inequalities, humanity’s impact on Earth, global sustainability and new concepts for the visualisation of these issues and now continues this work as a senior research fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Here he also is a member of the research cluster on Transformations: Economy, Society and Place. – more about Benjamin
On April 14, the Research Group Cartography hosted a meeting of representatives of all partner universities of the Master of Cartography programme. We were happy to welcome programme coordinator Juliane Cron from Technische Universität München, Dirk Burghardt from TU Dresden and Corné van Elzakker from ITC, University of Twente.
We are very happy to host a CartoTalk by Anita Graser of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) on Thursday, 28 April 2016.
Abstract: Since its founding fourteen years ago, QGIS has come a long way. Started as a mere data viewer, it now provides a vast array of GIS functionality, tool integration, extensible plugins, and—cartographic capability. Slighted in years past for its inability to make a “pretty” map, QGIS now provides a vast array of features for cartographers. This talk gives an overview of the current status of cartographic features in QGIS, discusses the most recent developments, and finally provides an outlook towards planned future developments.
Anita Graser is a researcher at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and an open source GIS advocate serving on the OSGeo board of directors and QGIS project steering committee. Her primary research interests focus on GIScience for mobility research questions, analyzing and visualizing spatio-temporal data. She currently teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, and at UNIGIS Salzburg and the Technical University of Vienna. Furthermore, she publishes a popular blog on open source GIS at anitagraser.com and is author of Learning QGIS, and QGIS Map Design.
We are very happy to host a CartoTalk by Irene Fellner of the Vienna University of Economy and Business (WU) on Thursday, 17 March 2016.
Abstract: Indoor navigation systems have become a prominent area of interest in recent years. However, there are still some unresolved challenges in this context. In particular, the question in which way landmark-based indoor routing instructions can be generated automatically has not been addressed yet.
This talk introduces an Indoor Landmark Navigation Model (ILNM) which proposes an approach to generate indoor routing instructions including landmarks automatically, based on the information available in spatial indoor databases. The model consists of three phases: landmark identification, landmark selection and landmark integration.
In order to evaluate the ILNM, it was applied to the data of the Campus GIS of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The application demonstrates that the ILNM basically produces correct route instructions including landmarks. A comparison to solely metric-based instructions shows that landmarks are important to increase the quality of indoor route instructions. However, the generated route instructions also disclose some gaps in the model and unresolved challenges of automatic indoor routing generation.
Irene Fellner is employed as a project manager at IT-Services of Vienna University of Economy and Business (WU) and was responsible for the development of an indoor navigation system („Campus GIS“) for the new campus of WU. She studied Commerce majoring in Computer Science at WU and completed the postgraduate UNIGIS MSc studies.
Zahlreiche KollegInnen aus verschiedensten Disziplinen trugen durch ihre Beiträge zum angedachten out-of-the-box thinking bei. Die Vorträge wurden mitgeschnitten und können unter esri.com/events/cartographic-summit/recordings nachgehört werden.
We are happy to welcome 21 students from all over the world at TU Vienna for the summer semester 2016. Countries of origin include China, Bosnia and Herzigowina, UK, Iran, Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kuwait, USA, Brazil, Ukraine, Poland and Namibia!
After finishing their first semester at TU München, the students are now here with us for their second semester, before proceeding to TU Dresden. We wish them a fun and successful semester!
We are very pleased to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services (LBS 2016), which is organized by our Research Group on November 14–16, 2016.
Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2016 aims to offer a platform for scholars, researchers, and industry/market operators from various disciplines and practice to meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.
The Call for Papers is currently open. Deadlines for submission are June 1 for full papers, July 1 for work in progress, and September 18 for showcases. High-quality submissions are intended to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services and in a book of the Springer series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography.
Dear friends and colleagues, we would like to thank you for the pleasant collaborations in 2015. We are looking forward to working with you in the upcoming year! Our best wishes for a pleasant holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
Happy holiday wishes from Haosheng, Florian, Manuela, Violet, Georg, Wangshu and (not in this picture) Edith!