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A cartographic field trip to Mürzzuschlag

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.

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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.

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Photos courtesy of Markus Jobst, thx!

Season’s Greetings from the Research Group Cartography

Dear colleagues and friends, we would like to thank you for the pleasant collaborations in 2016. 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!

weihnachtskarte_webHappy holiday wishes from Wangshu, Edith, Violet, Georg, Manuela, Silvia, Florian, and Francisco!

Danke, Mika!

Mirjanka LechthalerMit großer Bestürzung haben wir vom Ableben unser langjährigen Kollegin Ass.-Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. Mirjanka Lechthaler erfahren. Mika, wie sie von uns allen genannt wurde, war mit Herz und Seele Kartographin. Sie hat sich mit großer Hingabe den Aufgaben der wissenschaftlichen Kartographie gewidmet.

Unvergesslich ist ihr Engagement in der Lehre, mit der sie eine Vielzahl von Studierenden mit ihrer Begeisterung und ihrem Enthusiasmus anstecken konnte. Sie war in einer Vielzahl von Gremien an der TU Wien, auf Fakultäts- und auf Institutsebene tätig, immer mit ihrer positiven und gewinnenden Art für eine konstruktive Athmosphäre sorgend. In Zeiten großer Herausforderungen und Veränderungen der modernen Kartographie war sie immer eine felsenfeste Stütze.

Mika war eine besondere Kollegin. Aber viel mehr als das war Mika ein besonderer Mensch. Sie war authentisch, fröhlich, loyal, engagiert und an ihrem Umfeld, insbesondere an Menschen, interessiert.

Sie hat uns in vielerlei Hinsicht inspiriert.
Sie wird uns fehlen.

– Georg Gartner

Welcome to Silvia Klettner and Francisco Porras Bernárdez

We are looking forward to a new era of the Research Group Cartography by welcoming our new colleagues Silvia Klettner and Francisco Porras Bernárdez.

Research Group Cartography in November 2016

Silvia is a psychologist by training and has gained experiences in the context of modern cartography by working in the EmoMap project and at the Mobility Group of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). Francisco is an alumni of the International Master Programme on Cartography and was one of the outstanding students in this programme.

Both are enthusiastic about modern cartography and will work together with Florian Ledermann, Manuela Schmidt (who is back in the team as a Project Assistant by working part-time on a project with the Austrian Federal Railways) and the Chinese Scholarship Holder Wangshu Wang. The scientific team will be supported by Violet Derman (secretariat) and Edith Wandl (special tasks).

– Georg Gartner

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 florian.ledermann@tuwien.ac.at 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!

Bonus:

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

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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!

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:

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

Season’s Greetings from the Research Group 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!

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Happy holiday wishes from Haosheng, Florian, Manuela, Violet, Georg, Wangshu and (not in this picture) Edith!

Season’s Greetings from the Research Group Cartography

Dear friends, we would like to thank you for the pleasant collaborations in 2014. 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!

Haosheng, Florian, Manuela, Violet, Georg, Wangshu (missing on this picture: Edith)

Happy holiday wishes from Haosheng, Florian, Manuela, Violet, Georg, Wangshu and (not in this picture) Edith!