Congratulations to Jakob Listabarth for winning at MONOCARTO 2019

We congratulate our student Jakob Listabarth for being a winner at the Monochrome Mapping Competition 2019 with his purely magenta map “The Lost Treasures of la Isla del Coco”, which he created within the class Project Map Creation this summer semester.

Isla del Coco by Jakob Listabarth
The full resolution file can be downloaded here.

From the jury statement:

When doing monochrome design, cartographers can only use one “ink” color, but most of us at least use various tints of that ink: basically, mixing it with the background color to create a continuous ramp of colors (e.g., greyscale) that we can use to distinguish rivers, contours, and other feature types from each other. Continuous monochrome is tough enough, but Jakob Listabarth takes the challenge even further and uses this map’s sole ink at 100% strength only. He is only able to distinguish feature types from each other using line weight, dot/dash patterns, and hachure shading. This he does excellently, and I continue to be impressed by how much information is shown, and how clearly each layer is distinguished from the others when they are all, after all, exactly the same version of magenta.

It’s not only an attractive aesthetic choice, but one that ties into the map’s subject. In the 19th century cartographers were usually likewise limited to representing features using ink lines, printed from engraved copper plates. Listabarth still puts a modern spin on things with the sans serif typography and charming (whimsical?) illustrations. It’s a lovely blending of old and new.

Daniel P. Huffman, competition Curator

Congratulations on your impressive work, Jakob!

Österreichische Beiträge bei der International Cartographic Exhibition in Tokio

Vom 15.–20. Juli 2019 fand in Tokio die 29. International Cartographic Conference (ICC) statt. In diesem Rahmen wurde auch wieder die International Cartographic Exhibition organisiert – eine Ausstellung für digitale und analoge Karten aus aller Welt. Dabei waren auch 17 Beiträge aus Österreich vertreten. Besonders erfreulich: Das Projekt Politics of Remembrance (POREM) erhielt den ersten Preis in der Kategorie Digital Product – wir gratulieren ganz herzlich!

Die österreichischen Beiträge in Tokio

Basierend auf dem Call for Maps wurden 17 österreichische Beiträge nach Tokio gesandt, darunter 12 Papierkarten, 3 digitale Kartenprodukte, ein Atlas und ein Produkt für den Unterricht (Educational Products).

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Great student maps from Project Map Creation, summer semester 2019

As in former semesters, we would like to showcase a selection of extraordinary student projects from this summer semester. The following maps are results from the class Project Map Creation.

La Isla del Coco by Jakob Listabarth
La Isla del Coco. A monochromatic exploration by Jakob Listabarth (png, 6.2mb)

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental - Orientation and Navigation Map by Jenny Janssen
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental. An orientation and navigation map by Jenny Janssen (jpg, 3.3mb)

Churches on Gotlandsleden by Verena Klasen
Around Medieval Churches on Gotlandsleden by Verena Klasen (jpg, 2.1mb)

Ocean Plastic. A relief light map by Nikita Slavin
Ocean Plastic. A relief light map by Nikita Slavin (jpg, 3.3mb)

The Polar Fanzine by Danai Maria Kontou
The Polar Fanzine by Danai Maria Kontou (jpg, 2.6mb)

The Return of the European Beaver by Jonas Beinder
The Return of the European Beaver by Jonas Beinder (jpg, 2.2mb)

Sagenhafte Wachau - Eine Karte zum Ausmalen und Entdecken by Sophie Haselsteiner
Sagenhafte Wachau. Eine Karte zum Ausmalen und Entdecken by Sophie Haselsteiner (jpg, 2.0mb)

Kazakh Khanate (1465-1847) by Bibigul Zhunis
Kazakh Khanate (1465–1847) by Bibigul Zhunis (jpg, 4.9mb)

A huge thank you to all students for their hard work in this busy summer semester. Enjoy the summer!

Results from earlier semesters can be found here:
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | summer 2014 | winter 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Recent publications on Location Based Services

Location Based Services are a main research focus of the Research Division Cartography as our recent publications in the field show:

User-centred design for smartwatch-based pedestrian navigation

The characteristics of a smartwatch impose several challenges regardig the design of a pedestrian navigation aid. This paper illustrates how landmark-based pedestrian navigation systems for smartwatches can be developed, considering the small screen sizes as well as the very limited interaction capacities of these wrist-worn devices. Particularly, by the use of a user-centred design approach, an initial user interface was developed, tested, and refined in two field experiments to create a final user interface. A combination of map view and direction view was proposed, where the map view provides an overview of the environment and route, while the direction view gives clear instructions (turning information) for decision points. The interface was further enhanced by the use of vibrations before decision points. In addition, landmarks were carefully considered and incorporated into both map view and direction view. The field experiments showed that these key features of the revised interface can effectively support pedestrian navigation via smartwatches.

from: Applying user-centred design for smartwatch-based pedestrian navigation system. Martin Perebner, Haosheng Huang & Georg Gartner, Journal of Location Based Services, DOI: 10.1080/17489725.2019.1610582

A research agenda for Location based services

We are now living in a mobile information era, which is fundamentally changing science and society. Location Based Services (LBS), which deliver information depending on the location of the (mobile) device and user, play a key role in this mobile information era. This article first reviews the ongoing evolution and research trends of the scientific field of LBS in the past years. To motivate further LBS research and stimulate collective efforts, this article then presents a series of key research challenges that are essential to advance the development of LBS, setting a research agenda for LBS to ‘positively’ shape the future of our mobile information society. These research challenges cover issues related to the core of LBS development (e.g. positioning, modelling, and communication), evaluation, and analysis of LBS-generated data, as well as social, ethical, and behavioural issues that rise as LBS enter into people’s daily lives.

from: Location based services: ongoing evolution and research agenda. Haosheng Huang, Georg Gartner, Jukka M. Krisp, Martin Raubal & Nico Van de Weghe, Journal of Location Based Services, 12:2, 63-93, DOI: 10.1080/17489725.2018.1508763

Why Shape Matters ‒ Paper by Silvia Klettner published in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Silvia Klettner’s work on inherent qualities of geometric shapes for cartographic representations was successfully published in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2019, 8(5), 217 in the Special Issue on Human-Centered Geovisual Analytics and Visuospatial Display Design:

All human communication involves the use of signs. By following a mutually shared set of signs and rules, meaning can be conveyed from one entity to another. Cartographic semiology provides such a theoretical framework, suggesting how to apply visual variables with respect to thematic content. However, semiotics does not address how the choice and composition of such visual variables may lead to different connotations, interpretations, or judgments. The research herein aimed to identify perceived similarities between geometric shape symbols as well as strategies and processes underlying these similarity judgments. Based on a user study with 38 participants, the (dis)similarities of a set of 12 basic geometric shapes (e.g., circle, triangle, square) were examined. Findings from cluster analysis revealed a three-cluster configuration, while multidimensional scaling further quantified the proximities between the geometric shapes in a two-dimensional space. Qualitative and quantitative content analyses identified four strategies underlying the participants’ similarity judgments, namely visual, affective, associative, and behavioral strategies. With the findings combined, this research provides a differentiated perspective on shape proximities, cognitive relations, and the processes involved.

View full paper here.

Welcome to Vienna to the 8th intake of the International Master in Cartography

We are happy to welcome 30 students of the International Master in Cartography at TU Vienna for the summer semester 2019. This intake’s students come from 19 countries: Bangladesh, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, Ukraine, USA and Zimbabwe.

After finishing their first semester at TU München, the students are now with us for their second semester, before they move to TU Dresden. We are really happy to have them here and wish them a fun & successful semester!

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

Invitation to the 15th International Conference on Location Based Services

We are very pleased to invite you to the 15th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2019), which is organized by our Research Division on November 11–13, 2019.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2019 is addressed to scholars, researchers, digital industry / market operators, and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or relevant to location based services (LBS). The conference will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

The Call for Papers is currently open. Deadlines for submission are June 1 for full papers, July 15 for work in progress, and September 18 for showcases. The best accepted full and work-in-progress papers will be invited to submit an extended version to the Journal of Location Based Services by Taylor & Francis.

More information can be found at lbsconference.org

Call for Maps: Einladung zur Einreichung von Beiträgen zur International Cartographic Exhibition

Vom 15.–20. Juli 2019 findet in Tokio, Japan, die 29. International Cartographic Conference (ICC) statt. In diesem Rahmen wird auch wieder die International Cartographic Exhibition organisiert – eine Ausstellung für digitale und analoge Karten aus aller Welt.  Bis 30. April 12. Februar haben Sie die Möglichkeit, österreichische Beiträge für die Ausstellung zu nominieren! 

Warum teilnehmen?

  • Sichtbarkeit Ihres Produkts bei über 1.500 Kartographie- und GIS-ExpertInnen aus aller Welt bei der International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2019)
  • Listung im online verfügbaren Ausstellungskatalog
  • Chance, einen ICA Map Award zu gewinnen. ICA Map Awards eignen sich hervorragend als Marketinginstrument. Die ausgezeichneten Beiträge werden im Anschluss außerdem als Map of the Month auf der ICA-Website gefeatured und erreichen auf diese Weise eine hohe Sichtbarkeit.

Alle Infos zur Nominierung finden Sie unter sites.google.com/view/callformaps-2019.

Ansprechpartnerin für die österreichischen Beiträge bei der ICC-Kartenausstellung ist Manuela Schmidt.