Short-term job in D3.js, #ddj, interactive web cartography

We are currently looking for someone who can bring experience with D3.js, JavaScript and SVG visualization to a project at at the research group cartography, TU Wien. The concrete task is to extend the genderATlas with new interactive maps and to contribute to the further development of the mapmap.js API and other components.

The project needs to be completed until mid-December and would be paid through a freelance consulting contract (“Werkvertrag”). There is a budget of ≈EUR 4.000 for an estimated workload of about a month (full-time), and a lot of room for bringing your personal interests and ideas to the project. If the project is successful, a longer-term employment in the course of 2017 may be possible.

Please not that this job requires basic knowledge of the German language in order to be able to follow discussions in meetings and working with the content! The nature of the project also requires you to be present in Vienna.

If you are interested, please send your CV and links to previous works and/or code by email to until October 9 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.

Must haves:

  • Good Knowledge of JavaScript
  • Good Knowledge of HTML/CSS
  • Experience with D3.js
  • Basic Knowledge of SVG
  • Git/Github Basic Knowledge
  • An interest in “data driven journalism” and interactive maps
  • Feeling comfortable discussing issues of gender equality and feminism
  • Basic German skills!


  • Experience with Node.js and static site generators
  • Academic experience or interest


Participate in an indoor wayfinding experiment and get the chance to win Amazon vouchers

Our PhD student Wangshu Wang is looking for volunteers to participate in an indoor wayfinding experiment. The experiment will take place in two buildings (Albertina and TU Wien main building), each around 20 minutes.

Who can participate? You may be eligible to participate if you have never been to Albertina and are unfamiliar with TU Wien main building (Karlsplatz 13), and speak  English and understand basic German.

Your benefits? Your benefits will be a free entry to Albertina and a small gift. In addition, all participants also have the chance to win one of three 20 € Amazon or Thalia vouchers.

If you are interested in participating, please find more information in the information sheet or contact Wangshu Wang.

Invitation to a master thesis presentation on September 8, 2016

We invite you to the master thesis presentation by Sigita Grīnfelde on the topic of Motorway network depiction from OpenStreetMap data in accordance with cartographic demands.

  • Date: September 8, 2016, 1pm (13:00 Uhr)
  • Place: Seminar room 126, Erzherzog-Johann-Platz 1, 1st floor

Be welcome!

Zwei offene Stellen in der Forschungsgruppe Kartographie

In der Forschungsgruppe Kartographie gibt es ab 1. Oktober 2016 zwei Univ.-Ass.-PräDoc-Stellen (25 Wochenstunden) zu besetzen. Beide Stellen sind befristet (bis 28. Februar 2019 bzw. 30. September 2020).

Erfordernisse: Abgeschlossenes Magister-, Diplom- oder Masterstudium der Fachrichtung Kartographie, Geoinformatik, Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Visualisierung, Geodäsie oder Geographie.

Sonstige Kenntnisse: ​Kartographische Informationssysteme, insbesondere Location-Based Services, kartographisches Design, Web Mapping, Visualisierungstechniken, sehr gute GIS- und Programmierkenntnisse (bevorzugt JavaScript und Python).

Bewerbungsfrist: 24. August 2016

Alle weiteren Details finden sich im TU Mitteilungsblatt.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung!

Great student maps from Project Map Creation, summer semester 2016

After a busy summer semester we would like to showcase a selection of extraordinary projects from the class Project Map Creation:

Budapest City Map, Li Junyan
Budapest City Map, Li Junyan

Vinson Massif: Highlight in the Ellsworth Mountains (Antarctica), Jensen Alika
Vinson Massif: Highlight in the Ellsworth Mountains (Antarctica), Jensen Alika (pdf, 1mb)

Early Exploration of North America, Jílková Petra
Early Exploration of North America, Jílková Petra (pdf, 8.7mb)

Twisted discovery / Map of Vienna, Guo Kaidi
Twisted discovery / Map of Vienna, Guo Kaidi (pdf, 1mb)

Mystery of the Kladruby Monastery, Fenclová Karolína
Mystery of the Kladruby Monastery, Fenclová Karolína (pdf, 3mb)

UBahn-time-based map of Vienna, Han Keni
UBahn-time-based map of Vienna, Han Keni (pdf, 2.8mb)

Vienna’s Lost Waters, Paul Kästner
Vienna’s Lost Waters, Paul Kästner (pdf, 3mb)

Historic Map of Modern Vienna, Clemens Niessner
Historic Map of Modern Vienna, Clemens Niessner

A huge thanks to all students for their hard work! Enjoy the summer.

Results from other classes might follow. Results from earlier semesters can be found here:
2015 | summer 2014 | winter 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Goodbye, Haosheng Huang!

The long-standing staff member of our Research Group Dr Haosheng Huang is leaving TU Wien at the end of June to join the University of Zurich for his next career step.

Dr Huang was contributing heavily to the succesful work of our research group through his research contributions in several projects, his publications and the classes he gave over the last years.

He joined our group 2007 with a Computer Science Background gained at Guangzhou (China) and was a major proponent of our research focus on Location-based Services. He finished his PhD on “Learning from Location Histories for Location Recommendations in LBS” in 2013. In 2015, he became the Chair of the ICA Commission on Location-based Services.

We are looking forward to witness his next successful career steps.

We organized a small farewell party with current and former colleagues:






It was a pleasure working with you – we wish you all the best in Zürich!

Farewell to the fifth intake of the International Master on Cartography

The fifth intake of the International Master Programme on Cartography has finished the “Vienna Semester” and is now heading to TU Dresden for the third semester. We organized a farewell session to review the semester and to showcase results of their hard work in this semester. 





We wish them all the best!

To find out more about the International Master in Cartography, please visit

CartoTalk Benjamin Hennig: Cartograms – an alternative map projection?

We are happy to announce a CartoTalk by Benjamin Hennig on Tuesday, 31 May 2016, where he will talk about his main research field: Cartograms.

Benjamin Hennig is the author of

Benjamin Hennig is the author of

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 Hennig

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

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 13:30 (1.30pm)
Gußhausstraße 25
EI5 Hochenegg