The Austrian national radio station Ö1 invited Georg Gartner to discuss the latest trends in modern cartography. Listen to the interview at Punkt eins.
“Ohne Karten wären wir räumlich blind”, sagt der Kartograph und Geograph Georg Gartner. “Karten sind ein elementares Mittel der Kommunikation für Menschen, denn alles findet irgendwo statt, hat sozusagen einen Ortsbezug”.
At the 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington, D.C., USA, our atlas project genderATlas für die Schule won the first jury prize in the category educational cartographic products. The jury stated:
“A very well thought through mini-atlas that explores gender issues for women and men. This version specifically aimed at school children to promote understanding of equality and support research initiatives.”
We are extremely happy about this award! The atlas, which is a sub-project of the regular genderATlas was funded by the Bundesministeriums für Bildung (BMB) in 2016 and developed by a team around Elisabeth Aufhauser and Christiane Hintermann from Universität Wien. The technical implementation was done by Manuela Schmidt based on the prototype by Florian Ledermann. A huge thank you to everyone involved!
This summer term, TUW awarded the „Best Teaching Awards“ for the first time to acknowledge teaching staff for outstanding committment in university teaching. Students and members of TUW nominated lecturers and lectures that were particularly outstanding.
We are very proud to announce our staff member Florian Ledermann as winner of the faculty’s “Best Lecture Award 2017”! His lecture “Webmapping” distinguished as outstanding by its students based on the knowledge the students received, the didactic set-up of the class, and the particularly convincing lecturer.
Congratulations Flo to this well-deserved acknowledgment!
On Friday 9 June the Research Group Cartography hosted an orienteering event at Karlsplatz. Orienteering requires navigational skills to navigate from point to point whilst moving at speed. Our participants were given a specially prepared orienteering map which they used to find 17 control points. In total, 104 national and international students from Cartography, Geodesy, and Urban Plannung joint the event along a 2.1 km course.
Find your result here! Congratulations to the three best orienteerers:
1. Brandstätter Max: 16:50
2. Falkenstein Antonia: 17:26
3. Oberroither Alexander: 18:50
A big thanks to the organizing team and to all the students for making the event so enjoyable and fun!
We are happy to announce a CartoTalk on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, by Alenka Poplin from Iowa State University.
Abstract: The main goal of this presentation is to explore the concept of place and the emotions felt at specific places. The places chosen for this research are power places (Kraftorte in German language), which can be defined as places in which people recharge and feel at peace, places that evoke positive feelings. Where in the city are such places? How do people/citizens describe these places? Which emotions do they experience at these places, which words do they use to describe the emotions felt at these places, and how can these emotions be represented on a map?
Our research is based on a set of mapping experiments conducted in the cities of Hamburg, Germany and Ames, Iowa. We asked people to map their power places, describe their characteristics and the feelings they feel at these places. In Hamburg we collected 191 power places, the descriptions of their physical characteristics and emotions associated with these places. We compare this European experience with data collected in a university town in the North America. The experiments were conducted with paper maps and an online volunteered geographic information (VGI) platform Maptionnaire.
The presentation addresses the issues of uncertainty; uncertainty of the location, shape of the places, and expressed emotions. It also discusses research challenges of mapping places and emotions, the need for a place-based GIS and mapping other intangible landscapes.
Alenka Poplin is Assistant Professor at Iowa State University at the Department of Community and Regional Planning. Alenka studied Surveying and Spatial Planning at Technical University of Ljubljana before she finished her PhD in Geoinformation Science at the Institute for Geoinformation and Cartography at Vienna University of Technology. Her research focuses on GeoGames for urban planning, serious games for civic engagement, user experience with interactive maps, GeoVisualization, Smart and Happy Cites, and Smart Communities & Big Data.
Last week, the Research Group Cartography took the opportunity to visit the exhibition “Unschärfen und weiße Flecken – Kartografische Annäherung an urbane Räume” at Kunsthaus Mürz in Styria – open until 11 June 2017.
The exhibition focuses on cartography as a critical method for presenting spatial experience and communication:
“Maps describe and represent parts of the space around us, they tell stories about the world. Each map is based on the fact that parts of reality are omitted, distorted or alienated. This produces blurring or white spots – which in turn open up space for imagination and appropriation.” (translated from Kunsthaus Mürz)
The group also went on a hike to the Mürztaler mountains, to Scheibenhütte at 1473m altitude.