From October 25 to 27, 2023, the three-year EU-funded Erasmus+ project Shape2Gether kicked off in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Managed by Palacký University Olomouc, this project unites institutions and experts across Europe, including the Research Unit Cartography at TU Wien, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), University of Malta (Malta), Turku University (Finland), Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Lentävä Liitutaulu OY (Seppo gamification platform) (Finland).
The core objective of this project is to explore and implement educational methods for sustainable development, with a particular focus on addressing the challenges presented by climate change and its effects on Europe. It does so by uniting three distinct areas of expertise: geosciences, new technologies, and serious game design. The ultimate aim is to establish a forward-thinking international master’s program in the following years.
We are very happy to be a part of this innovative project!
The COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing demand for online education have highlighted the importance of implementing digital approaches in education. In response, the EU-funded ERASMUS+ project DigiGeo has emerged, bringing together the Research Unit Cartography and four international partner universities from Czechia, Norway, Finland and Germany. Together, we are exploring new ways to transfer contact, technology- and field-based geoscience education, which typically requires in-person attendance from both teachers and students, into digital environments.
One aspect of the DigiGeo project is to involve students with their perspectives and ideas. Last week, the second summer school within the project took place at Palacký University in Olomouc, attended by 24 students and 14 lecturers from the respective partner universities. Building on theoretical knowledge and methods presented in earlier online lectures and small workshops, the students worked collaboratively, with the support of all lecturers, to develop new, fully digital thematic lessons for online geoscience training.
We thank all students for their active participation and valuable contributions to this summer school! For more insights on the project, visit the DigiGeo website.
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!
Die Ausstellung ist bis 17. September 2017 geöffnet. Empfehlung!
Wie können wir Wien als Ganzes fassen? Der Versuch, der immer größer werdenden Stadt visuell beizukommen, fasziniert seit Jahrhunderten – ob in Form von klassischen Panoramen, Vogelschauen oder Plänen. Doch diese befinden sich stets im Spannungsfeld zwischen Vollständigkeitsanspruch und Fragmentierung, zwischen Sichtbarmachung und Verdecken, zwischen Orientierung und Kontrolle. Sie bilden nie das „reale“ Territorium zur Gänze ab, sondern sind auch Modell, Bild oder Vision der Stadt.
In der Ausstellung werden nicht nur einige der ältesten, größten oder berühmtesten Pläne, Panoramen und Modelle Wiens gezeigt, sondern ebenso seltene thematische Karten oder künstlerische Zugänge und Designprodukte bis hin zu gegenwärtigen partizipativen Bestrebungen, „Mapping the City“ auf die Bedürfnisse minderprivilegierter Gruppen anzuwenden. Außerdem werden traditionsreiche, aber auch neue Aussichtspunkte der Stadt exemplarisch beleuchtet – von Stephansturm und Kahlenberg bis hin zum heutigen Hochhaus. Die Ausstellung soll BesucherInnen ermuntern, die Stadt mit anderen Augen zu sehen und sich auch aktiv in deren Darstellung einzubringen.
The Austrian contribution to this years Biennale is commissioned by Dr. Christian Kühn, professor at the Institute of Architecture and Design at TU Vienna. The subject of the exhibition is “Plenum. Places of Power” and showcases models of all parliaments of the world – in a scale of 1:500.
We are proud to have contributed a small aspect: Manuela created the country maps for the exhibition catalogue. The maps are equal area (Albers projections centered on each country) and are centered on the cities, where the parliaments are located.
You can skip through some catalogue pages on issuu.com:
Here are some details on how the 196 country maps were created: We used Natural Earth data (1:50m), which also include ISO country codes. These codes were used for merging the country maps with the data provided by the catalogue team. For creating the latitude/longitude lines, we used QGIS Processing and a small Python script written by Markus Mayr from the Geoinformation group. We then experimented with the Atlas feature from QGIS and Data Driven Pages from ArcMap. Both tools are extremely powerful for creating map series. While the usage of Data Driven Pages is really straight-forward, QGIS allows even more adaptation – with a slightly more complex setup. We ended up using ArcMap for the final PDF production, since QGIS doesn’t allow CMYK output yet. Of course, the PDF from QGIS could also be converted to CMYK later.
Anyways: It was a perfect task for trying out the map series functionalities of QGIS and ArcGIS. It’s good to see the growing set of features for cartography in QGIS. A big thanks to Markus Mayr and Werner Macho for their advise.
More details on the Austrian pavillon at LaBiennale 2014 can be found on labiennale.at.
The impressive visual identity of the whole project was created by buero bauer.
The Austrian national TV station ORFeins covered the topic of cartography in the show Newton (Saturday, 17 March 2012, 18:25, ORFeins) and also reported on our research project EmoMap (more details: www.openemotionmap.org).
You can watch the show (in German) for one week in ORF’s TVthek.