International Master in Cartography selected for Erasmus+

International Master in CartographyI am happy to inform you that the International Master Programme Cartography – our joint master degree in cooperation with TU Munich, TU Vienna and TU Dresden focusing on modern cartography – has been selected for Erasmus+ by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. Out of 58 submitted applications, we are one of 9 successful joint master degrees in the “Erasmus Mundus” section.

This means that the International Master in Cartography will be supported by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, allowing also the University of Twente to join in. The 5 year grant will help to support a preparatory year (starting in October 2014), followed by three student intakes (2015, 2016, 2017).

The evaluation pointed out the excellence of the exisiting teams in Munich, Vienna and Dresden as well as the professional structure and cooperation. It was also highlighted that the “unique selling point” in offering a Master Programme in Cartography is seen as a most successful strategy.

– Georg Gartner

Welcome Timea, Florian and Wangshu

We are happy to introduce our new team members: Timea Turdean, Florian Ledermann and Wangshu Wang. Timea and Florian will both work in the genderATlas project.

Portrait Florian Ledermann
Florian Ledermann started working in our group in June. He has previous research experience in the fields of virtual/augmented reality and information visualization. As a freelance web developer, Florian implemented award-winning web applications for several institutions and independent projects. In the genderATlas project he is responsible for building the technical framework for the atlas.

Portrait Timea Turdean
Timea Turdean started working in our group in May. She wrote her diploma thesis on the topic of Identifying people’s affective responses to the environment from social media data. In the genderATlas project she focusses on social media data analysis.

Portrait Wangshu Wang
Wangshu Wang completed the International Master in Cartography. She wrote her diploma thesis on the topic of Modeling individual’s familiarity of places using social media. She received a PhD scholarship from China Scholarship Council and will work in our group on her PhD in the field of location-based services and cartography.


Great student projects, summer semester 2014

The summer semester is over. Once again, we would like to showcase a small selection of extraordinary projects from the classes Webmapping, Multimedia Cartography and Project Map Creation:
Preview of the map Historic Centre of Granada by Francisco Porras Bernárdez, Project Map CreationPreview of the map of Humboldt’s Expeditions in America by Sigita Grīnfelde

A huge thanks to all students for their creativity and dedication – you brighten our work days! Good luck for your further studies and career!

Maps for the Austrian contribution to LaBiennale 2014

The Austrian contribution to this years Biennale is commissioned by Dr. Christian Kühn, professor at the Institute of Architecture and Design at TU Vienna. The subject of the exhibition is “Plenum. Places of Power” and showcases models of all parliaments of the world – in a scale of 1:500.

We are proud to have contributed a small aspect: Manuela created the country maps for the exhibition catalogue. The maps are equal area (Albers projections centered on each country) and are centered on the cities, where the parliaments are located.

You can skip through some catalogue pages on

Here are some details on how the 196 country maps were created: We used Natural Earth data (1:50m), which also include ISO country codes. These codes were used for merging the country maps with the data provided by the catalogue team. For creating the latitude/longitude lines, we used QGIS Processing and a small Python script written by Markus Mayr from the Geoinformation group. We then experimented with the Atlas feature from QGIS and Data Driven Pages from ArcMap. Both tools are extremely powerful for creating map series. While the usage of Data Driven Pages is really straight-forward, QGIS allows even more adaptation – with a slightly more complex setup. We ended up using ArcMap for the final PDF production, since QGIS doesn’t allow CMYK output yet. Of course, the PDF from QGIS could also be converted to CMYK later.

Anyways: It was a perfect task for trying out the map series functionalities of QGIS and ArcGIS. It’s good to see the growing set of features for cartography in QGIS. A big thanks to Markus Mayr and Werner Macho for their advise.

More details on the Austrian pavillon at LaBiennale 2014 can be found on
The impressive visual identity of the whole project was created by buero bauer.

CartoTalk Dušan Petrovič: Cartography in Slovenia

We invite you to a CartoTalk [in English] by Dušan Petrovič of the University of Ljubljana on the topic of Cartography in Slovenia.

He will talk about the historical development of cartography on today’s Slovenian territory from 15th century, cartographic tradition in Slovenia and the establishment of cartographic systems after 1991 and their current status. He will also report on current cartographic research projects, research work and student’s products at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014, 15:00
Forschungsgruppe Kartographie
Seminarraum 126

CartoTalk Mark Wigley

We invite you to a CartoTalk [in English] by Mark Wigley from Esri Switzerland on the topic of

Challenging Cartography in ArcGIS with the Carto-Tools from Esri Switzerland

Esri – the leading international supplier of GIS software – has often in the past been shunned by the Cartographic community as concentrating too much on GIS and too little on cartography. Since the arrival of Cartographic Representations in the software ArcMap 9.2 Esri has put considerable effort into responding to this criticism and have since come a long way. This effort has been driven by the fact that the National Mapping Agencies (swisstopo, BEV etc.) are now starting to use their GIS systems to produce the National map sheets instead of using a graphic based software solution. Esri Switzerland has taken the Cartographic possibilities offered by the base software and gone one step further. Together with swisstopo a number of Cartographic processes and tools to help automate map production have been developed. This lecture will explain these Cartographic processes and a demonstration based on Open Street Map data will be given as how they can help produce a more pleasing cartographic result and optimise a production workflow.

Tuesday, 06 May 2014, 17:15
Forschungsgruppe Kartographie
Seminarraum 126

Presentation slides

Mark Wigley studied Geographical Techniques in Luton College of Higher Education in England. After over 7 years working in the conventional cartography in both England and Switzerland he moved into desktop digital cartography at Kümmerly+Frey, the then biggest private mapping company in Switzerland. After a further 3.5 years he moved to Hallwag where he started as head of digital cartography the job of building a seamless European database using the existing paper maps. He went on, to become head of the Cartography department where he remained for over 11 years. He next moved into the software arena working 3.5 years for the Mapping Software company Morelli Informatik before finally moving to Esri Switzerland in the Autumn of 2011.

Ph.D. defense of Alexandra Millonig

Prof. Kanonier, Dr. Millonig, Prof. Dangschat, Prof. Gartner

Prof. Kanonier, Dr. Millonig, Prof. Dangschat, Prof. Gartner

On 19 March 2014, our former colleague Alexandra Millonig successfully defended her PhD research on the topic of

„My Way – Towards a Typology of Pedestrian Spatio-temporal Behaviour in Shopping Environments“

Her examination committee included Prof. Georg Gartner, Prof. Jens Dangschat, and Prof. Arthur Kanonier. Prof. Kanonier chaired the examination committee.

Congratulations, Dr. Millonig!


Nice student projects

In der VU Thematische Kartographie in der Raumplanung (3. Semester) geht es um die Aufbereitung statistischer Daten und deren wirkungsvolle Umsetzung in thematischen Karten. Als Abschlussprojekt werden in Gruppenarbeiten Atlanten zu frei wählbaren Themen erstellt, wobei alle geographischen und statistischen Daten aus offenen Datenquellen (z.B. Open Government Data) stammen. Dabei entsteht jedes Jahr eine Vielzahl spannender Themenkollektionen und Visualisierungen. Einige der besonders gelungenen Arbeiten aus dem WS2013/14 möchten wir im folgenden vorstellen:

Energie-Atlas von Christina Grießler, Christoph Weber, Manuel Oberaufner, Anna Logar   Atlas der Macht von Julian Eros Behmer und Thomas Höllersberger   Bildungs-Atlas von Florian Maria Fasching, Sarah Steiner, Marvin Linke, Moritz Starzer und Veronika Schafellner
Gesundheit weltweit von Eva Mair, Isabel Zelger, Michael Gidam, Charlotte Heller und Christoph Singelmann   Meine Welt und ich – Kinderatlas von Thi Bich Ngoc Doan, Linda Liu, Balázs Cserpes, Kevin Schneider und Sonja List   Lebensqualität im europäischen Raum von Denise Goff, Maximilian Hejda, Waldemar Grunt, Solomon Gärtner von Srdjan Kuzmanovic

  • Energie-Atlas von Christina Grießler, Christoph Weber, Manuel Oberaufner und Anna Logar (1.8mb)
  • Atlas der Macht von Julian Eros Behmer und Thomas Höllersberger (13mb)
  • Bildungs-Atlas von Florian Maria Fasching, Sarah Steiner, Marvin Linke, Moritz Starzer und Veronika Schafellner (15mb)
  • Gesundheitsatlas von Eva Mair, Isabel Zelger, Michael Gidam, Charlotte Heller und Christoph Singelmann (37mb)
  • Meine Welt und ich – Kinderatlas von Thi Bich Ngoc Doan, Linda Liu, Balázs Cserpes, Kevin Schneider und Sonja List (4.3mb)
  • Lebensqualität im europäischen Raum von Denise Goff, Maximilian Hejda, Waldemar Grunt, Solomon Gärtner und Srdjan Kuzmanovic (7mb)

Auch wenn alle Arbeiten ein sehr positives Gesamtes ergeben, gibt es an der einen oder anderen Stelle natürlich auch noch Raum für Verbesserungen… Die Studierenden aus dem 3. Semester stehen dafür aber auch noch ganz am Anfang ihrer kartographischen Betätigung :-)

Danke an die Studierenden für ihr Engagement und die Einwilligung zur Veröffentlichung!