Doctoral defense of Silvia Klettner

Silvia Klettner has successfully defended her dissertation titled “The Polysemy of Map Signs: An Exploration of the Connotative Meanings of Cartographic Point Symbols”.

Her supervisor was Prof. Gartner from our Research Unit Cartography; reviewers were Prof. Michael P. Peterson from the University of Nebraska Omaha, USA and Dr. Amy Griffin from the RMIT University in Australia.

Congratulations, Dr. Klettner, and all the best for your future!

Dr. Silvia Klettner, Prof. Georg Gartner

Read more about Dr. Klettner`s research here.

Best Paper Award goes to Silvia Klettner

We are proud to announce that Silvia Klettner’s research on cartographic semiotics received TU Wien’s Best Paper Award 2019 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation:

Klettner, S. (2019). Why Shape Matters — On the Inherent Qualities of Geometric Shapes for Cartographic Representations. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 8(5), 217.

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The EURECA project closing event in Brussels

On last Thursday 12th the closing event of the EURECA/UGESCO projects was held at Cinematek, the Royal Belgian Film Archive in Brussels. EURECA is an international cooperation of the TU Wien, the Ghent University and several Belgian and Austrian archives focused on revealing inter-regional traces in Europe.

Results were presented by Steven Verstockt, Nico Van de Weghe, Kenzo Milleville, Dilawar Ali, Georg Gartner and Francisco Porras Bernárdez. We will extend further our excellent cooperation with our colleagues.

(Images from ÖKF Brüssel)

More information about EURECA can be found here.

The research group’s contributions at ICC2019

This year’s 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) took place in Tokyo, Japan, with over 950 participants. The members of the Research Division Cartography and its affiliates also contributed their latest works by Scientific Presentations, Scientific Posters, Maps, and Atlases. With a Position Paper, the research group also participated in the pre-conference workshop in Beijing, China on “User Experience Design for Mobile Cartography: Setting the Agenda”. Read more to access all contributions.

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Eyetracking Studie – TeilnehmerInnen gesucht

Was? Die Eyetracking Studie findet am Hauptbahnhof Wien statt.  Für Ihre Teilnahme erhalten Sie 50 Euro Aufwandsentschädigung.

Wann? Die Studie findet im Oktober 2018 statt. Termine werden individuell mit Ihnen vereinbart.

Wer kann teilnehmen? Voraussetzung ist normale oder über Kontaktlinsen korrigierte Sicht. Die Durchführung des Eyetrackings mit Brille ist leider nicht möglich.

Anmeldung, Fragen und Details bei Tabea Fian: tabea.fian@tuwien.ac.at oder Martin Söllner: martin.soellner@univie.ac.at

Florian Ledermann wins best paper award at GI_Forum 2018

We are proud to announce that PhD candidate and lecturer Florian Ledermann has won the award for “Best Student Paper” at this year’s GI_Forum conference in Salzburg, Austria. The jury unanimously voted for his paper “Analysing Digital Maps Online: A Reverse Engineering Approach” and praised the author’s accomplishment of making the complex workings of online maps transparent to a wide audience. A preprint of the paper, which will appear in print later this year in the GI_Forum journal, is available here.

Congratulations!

Florian Ledermann with Adrijana Car (Editor of GI_Forum Journal). (Photo by Julia Stepan)

genderATlas won a 1st prize at the International Cartographic Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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!

More about genderATlas für die Schule can be found here (German).

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.

genderatlas.at ist online!

genderAtlas logo

Seit Sommer 2013 arbeitet unsere Forschungsgruppe an dem Projekt genderATlas – einem interaktiven Onlineatlas zur Visualisierung geschlechterdifferenzierter Daten für Österreich. Am 22. Oktober fand die Fachtagung “Warum Gleichstellungspolitik einen genderATlas braucht” statt, in deren Rahmen der finale Prototyp des genderATlas veröffentlicht wurde.

In derzeit 13 Karten werden verschiedene Themen aus den Bereichen Arbeit, Bildung, Mobilität, Politik und Gesellschaft aufbereitet, darunter beispielsweise …

genderatlas-karten

Federführend für die technische Umsetzung des genderATlas war Florian Ledermann. Die im Rahmen des Projekts entwickelte API mapmap.js wurde auf der International Cartographic Conference in Rio im Sommer diesen Jahres vorgestellt [Paper].

genderATlas ist eine Kooperation der Forschungsgruppe Kartographie der TU Wien (Projektleitung, technisch-kartographische Umsetzung) mit dem Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung der Universität Wien (Inhaltliche Aufbereitung und Evaluierung) und der ÖIR Projekthaus GmbH (Datenpool und Betriebskonzept). Das Projekt wurde im Rahmen der Programmlinie FEMtech Forschungsprojekte des BMVIT gefördert.

Wir freuen uns über das enorme Medienecho, u.a. von ORF Science, ö1 Mittagsjournal, Kurier und dieStandard.

Summary: Over the last two years, the Research Group Cartography worked on project genderATlas – an online atlas of Austria that visualizes data about the life situations of women and men in their regional distribution in an innovative and easily accessible way. The final prototype was published on October 22 at genderatlas.at (German only).