Thanks to our prominent guest lecturers of summer term 2020!

This summer term we had the pleasure to e-host six international guest lecturers who shared their research with our students from the International Master in Cartography:

  • Prof. Dariusz Gotlib (TU Warszawa): Selected qualities of mobile maps on the indoor navigation examples
  • Prof. Michael Peterson (University of Nebraska Omaha): Paradigms guiding Cartographic Research since the 1950s
  • Dr. Amy Griffin (RMIT Melbourne): The User is the Centre of the Universe: Designing Interactive Maps for End Users
  • Prof. Philippe de Maeyer (Ghent University): Semiology and Syntaxis in Cartography
  • Prof. Philippe de Maeyer (Ghent University): A Brief History of Cartography
  • Prof. Menno-Jan Kraak (University of Twente): Maps and Time
  • Prof. Rob Roth (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Cartographic Design and Visual Storytelling

Affective Communication of Map Symbols ‒ Paper by Silvia Klettner published in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Silvia Klettner’s work on the subtle communication effects of map symbols was recently published in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information in the Special Issue on Geovisualization and Map Design: Klettner, S. (2020). Affective Communication of Map Symbols: A Semantic Differential Analysis. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information9(5), 289.

Maps enable us to relate to spatial phenomena and events from viewpoints far beyond direct experience. By employing signs and symbols, maps communicate about near as well as distant geospatial phenomena, events, objects, or ideas. Besides acting as identifiers, map signs and symbols may, however, not only denote but also connote. While most cartographic research has focused on the denoting character of visual variables, research from related disciplines stresses the importance of connotative qualities on affect, cognition, and behavior. Hence, this research focused on the connotative character of map symbols by empirically assessing the affective qualities of shape stimuli.

Preview results: 

Master thesis defense on solar shadow map

We congratulate  Georg Molzer for finishing his Master’s studies with his thesis on “Interactive Web-based 3D Solar Shadow Map“.

Nowadays, the majority of people live in cities, consisting of ever taller building structures, occluding more and more sunlight. Thus, humans are getting increasingly restricted from direct access to the Sun. This thesis claims that a tool, enabling humans to gain a better understanding of solar shadows in cities and around the world, would be beneficial. […] Such a tool should be able to consider relevant three-dimensional occluding structures such as buildings, terrain, and vegetation, as well as the actual Sun position, and visualize respective shadows for arbitrary points in time, providing predictability of solar shadows. […] Therefore, a methodology towards a capable prototype implementation is framed […].

For more details visit the project website shadowmap.org.

Well done and best wishes for your future career!

COVID19 – information for students

Dear students,

due to the recommendations of our government, we would like to inform you that:

  • classroom teaching is suspended and distance learning will be available form 16 March 2020 via TUWEL (for further information visit colab.tuwien.ac.at/display/CORONA/CORONA+Information_EN)
  • public rooms and libraries are closed until further notice
  • your lecturers from TUWien Research Division Cartography are available for you by email
  • ! update: distant learning measures are in place until 16 April 2020 extended until the end of the summer semester 2020

Please, take care and keep yourselves updated about latest developments at:

Cartography in FUTUREZONE.at

The Austrian portal FUTUREZONE.at, has just released an article about how Google Maps has revolutionized our lives during the last 15 years. Georg Gartner was interviewed among other colleagues in the domain.

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Google Street View vehicle. Pixabay.

Wie Google Maps unser Leben revolutionierte. Schon 15 Jahre gibt es Google Maps. Unsere Sicht auf die Welt hat sich dadurch für immer verändert. Nicht nur zum Positiven.

Googles Einstieg war eine Revolution, die eine neue Ära der Kartografie eingeläutet hat”… „Ging es bis dahin um das Produzieren einzelner Artefakte – also statischer, physischer Karten, die für die Ewigkeit gedacht waren – wurde die Karte jetzt plötzlich zur interaktiven Schnittstelle, die auch Dienstleistungen abbildet und nach eigenen Bedürfnissen personalisiert werden kann.”

Read the full article at: Futurezone

Volltext als PDF (3,3 MB) (Quelle: Futurezone)