Having just added a book to the publications page, it seems a good time to remind commission supporters that we would like your research and publications in the field of neocartography to be included here. Please see the research and publications pages and forward information as appropriate.
The book just added was: Hennig, Benjamin D (2013). Rediscovering the World: Map Transformations of Human and Physical Space. Heidelberg / New York / Dordrecht / London (Springer). Ben gave an excellent presentation on this work at the Neocartography Commission Workshop at UCL in September, the video of which is still available from the workshop link and from Ben’s blog.
Neocartography Commission vice-chair Andrew Turner interviewed on a podcast for CBC. In it Nora Young and Andrew Turner discuss the future of digital mapmaking. Andrew is CTO of the Esri Research and Development Center in Washington, D.C. where he’s involved with open tools for mapmaking. It is a good conversation covering a lot of ground – open data, how the big players are changing, and how social aspects have changed.
Mapmaking is in the news again, particularly with developments like the report on the BBC website today – ‘Nokia Maps digitises streets to battle Google’s threat‘. Andrew finishes the interview with positive thoughts on the future (and I have paraphrased/edited here): “We will all be guiding it. We have a much bigger voice now. Whether commenting or choosing to use particular maps or not. We have the tools to build maps. I am going to make my own. The maps we have will become much more visceral and portray what we would like to see“.
The 26th International Cartographic Conference will take place in Dresden, Germany, 25–30 August 2013. Visit www.icc2013.org for details.
The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of scientific papers illustrating the current work of the research community, professional papers describing the cutting-edge methods employed by mapping organisations, meetings of the ICA Commissions (including the Neocartography Commission) and Working groups, map exhibitions and the chance to meet with colleagues and friends from all over the world.
The deadline for abstract submission is approaching. To start your submission please visit http://www.icc2013.org/?node=13. We are hoping to have both a pre-conf workshop (in conjunction with the ICA Commission on Map Design) and also themed session within the programme.
The first ICA Neocartography Commissionworkshop, held at UCL on 5 Sept, was a very successful event – being attended by 36 delegates, 16 of whom had attended the Society of Cartographers Conference earlier in the day. This post has some slides and videos from the workshop. The twitter backchannel is available at: #soc2012
The first formal Neocartography Commission session is set to start directly after the Society of Cartographers conference, and will be held from 3-45pm to 7-15pm at UCL (in London) on Wednesday 5th September. The themes have been chosen to meet the commission’s aims – with speakers asked to think broadly, and be interesting.
4.00 Welcome – Steve Chilton (ICA Commission Chair)
4.10 Ben Hennig (U of Sheffield) “From geovisualisation to neocartography: Maps in a digital world”
4.40 Richard Fairhurst (OSM Foundation) “The unstoppable advance of OpenStreetMap”
5.10 Lightning talk: Chris Watson “Hyperreal Augmented Narratives”
5.40 Lightning talk: Graham Hooper “Drawing on Pyschogeography – GPS, photography and the new-map”.
5.50 Prof Ifan Shepherd (Middlesex University) “Maps – GPS – Experiential Engagement: a possible roadmap for Neocartography?”
6.20 Gary Gale (Nokia) “History Repeats Itself And So Does The Map“
6.50 Close – Steve Chilton
Am currently planning the first formal Neocartography Commission session. It is set to start directly after the Society of Cartographers conference, and will be held from 3-45pm to 7-15pm at UCL (in London) on Wednesday 5th September. The themes chosen hopefully meet the commission’s aims – with speakers asked to think broadly, and be interesting.
UPDATE: The first speaker confirmed is Gary Gale of Nokia, who will be giving the keynote entitled “History Repeats Itself And So Does The Map“. Also confirmed are Dr Ben Hennig (University of Sheffield) giving a presentation entitled “From geovisualisation to neocartography: Maps in a digital world”, and Richard Fairhurst (OSM Foundation) giving a global update on OpenStreetMap maps and data, entitled “The unstoppable advance of OpenStreetMap“. There will also be a number of ‘lightning talks’, including: Chris Watson on “Hyperreal Augmented Narratives“, and Graham Hooper with “Drawing on Psychogeography”. JUST ADDED: Prof Ifan Shepherd talks on “Maps – GIS – Experiential Engagement: a near-future timeline for Neocartography?”
Abstracts: Gary Gale: History has a habit of repeating itself and so does the map. From primitive scratchings, through ever more sumptuous pieces of art, through to authoritative geographical representations, the map changes throughout history. Maps speak of the hopes, dreams and prejudices of their creators and audience alike, and with the advent of neogeography and neocartography, maps are again as much art as they are geographical information. Ben Hennig: This paper examines the state of the map in the digital world and the internet age about thirty years after digital technology has entered the broader cartographic practice. The main advances in most recent mapping techniques and methods of geospatial analysis are outlined. Based on that, suggestions for new directions of cartographic research and practice are made that take the implications of digital and internet technology into account. Based on the mapping techniques developed in this thesis, some examples are given of how digital and web technology could be used to improve the domain of cartographic practice for digital map publishing. Prof Ifan Shepherd: Maps are a cornerstone of GIS, and a great deal of their future seems bound up with this more recent technology. An emerging direction for GIS – and thus of maps – is readily apparent in the alternative reality technology of videogames. In this presentation, I will propose a framework for the integration of GIS and videogame technology which seeks to extend the analytical role of the former by embracing the experiential engagement of the latter. In making this case, I will confront the supposedly ‘problematic’ issues of realism, fun, emotion and narrative which appear to be stumbling blocks in harnessing experiential engagement to assist the interpretation of virtual geographical environments. Graham Hooper: My interest lies in the relationship between spaces (real and/or imagined) and their inter-relationship with emotional and behavioural states. I am operating from a semi-documentary stance, aware of the heritage of the American colourists and ‘New Topographers’ of the 1960/70’s. Increasingly I am experimenting with modes of realisation that utilise mixed-media integration – images with inherent sounds and smells, or incorporating hand-drawn maps, for example. Most of my work exists in series, as sequential studies, and as such exist as typologies. I then re-present my work in its original context. Chris Watson: The borders between the real and unreal are blurred. The faith we put into a manufactured landscapes, the trust we place in a machine for everything we do, where we go, getting up with alarm clocks, people running their lives from phones, are absorbed
by media. Augmented reality offers a further medium to enhance and exploit this fantasy and reliance on the machine of technology. I intend to show how augmented reality can integrate aspects of this media machine-fueled reality, or hyperreality as I suggest it becomes, to further enhance the world outdoors through the Creative Maps project.
Two new pages have been added to the website, for Publications and Research. You are invited to submit your information to either or both of these pages. If you have published something that fits with the aims of the Commission please send me the details. If you are an individual or part of a research group that also is researching in this area please also send the details. It would be good to get a feel for the work that supporters of the Commission are involved in, so please do respond and I will upload details.
Various people have been throwing about phrases like “year of the Open Map” and “rolling your own map tiles” recently. This has been in response to the announcement at the end of October that Google Maps was to charge for usage. From 1 January Google has been charging for the Google Maps API service when more than the limit of 25,000 map “hits” are made in a day, a situation that many websites such as travel firms and estate agents will easily face. Over Christmas property search engine Nestoria came out with the news that they were switching in a blog posting by Ed Freyfogle entitled Why (and how) we’ve switched away from Google Maps which gives some very good background reasoning, and the route taken (OSM to MapQuest to Leaflet to Mapstraction). On Jan 9 Wired picked up on this and carried an extensive article entitled Open Source Maps Gain Ground as Google Paywall Looms which has a pretty good analysis of the OpenStreetMap, Mapquest and Bing/Microsoft positions in all of this. Following on from that there has been a really excellent post entitled Good bye, Google Maps… thanks for all the fish from Sebastian Delmont (which rather deliciously is in Google+). This explains in detail why his company StreetEasy have gone down the OpenStreetMap, TileMill, MapBox and Leaflet route for their map switch. What is even more useful is the comprehensive exploration of the options and the fantastic number of useful URLs. An earlier blog posting from Fubra also covers some alternative maps such as Bing, Ovi and OS OpenSpace. So, if you are interested in what the options are then read these posts. If you’re in London, why not go to the next #geomob event on 16 February where Ed Freyfogle will be giving a talk about their move away from Google Maps. UPDATE: Although my original take was on availability and deployment of online maps, Steven Feldman’s blog post on “The beginning of the end of Free?” is worth a look as it goes a little more into the economics. UPDATE: The OpenStreetMap community (coordinated by Richard Fairhurst) has compiled a switch2osm website which clearly explains the whys and hows of changing.
Coming to the end of 2011 and time to welcome in the new year. Just a short post to announce a new page on this website and plans for 2012. There is now an Events page, which will be showing events to chime with the theme of neocartography. Please take a look at the events and participate if you can. Also, please use this arena for publicising your own event if it is appropriate. There is a link on the page for submitting information. Further pages for research and publications are currently being developed, and will be available shortly. We are actively working on plans for Commission sessions in 2012 as well, details soon. Suggestions and offers will also also gratefully received.
So, it just remains for me to wish you a Happy Neo-Year!
The Mapping Showcase at the Emirates Stadium on 1st December was a great event, if a rather long day. The keynote presentation entitled “Neocartography: the crowd and the cloud” seemed to go down well, with some positive comments afterwards. As promised the slides and a low-fi audio file are available. The Society of Cartographers stand was well manned and looking good with the two new banners. The SoC team was myself, Steve Eglinton, Miles Irving, Jenny Kynaston and Claire Iveson, taking turns to man the stand, visitor others, and watch the keynotes. We had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day, and some interesting contacts and conversations. We spent time scanning badge QR codes, and giving out details of SoC, and free Bulletins and Newsletters, plus details of the next SoC conference in Sept at UCL. I also had handouts on the ICA Commission on Neocartography to distribute to interested parties. We also doubled up as an OpenStreetMap showcase. Robert Scott and Gregory Marler helped me talk up the benefits of the project and demonstrate some of the features on our laptops (oh and plug Frederik, Jochen and my OSM book, which we had a sample of for viewing). A little disappointed that I couldn’t persuade anyone to go out and add even more OSM data around the stadium, but it was pouring with rain nearly all day. At the end of the day Steven, Miles, Gregory and I were part of the ‘Society of Topcon OpenStreetMap Cartographers’ team that got absolutely tonked at the Londonist quiz. I never knew I knew so little about the city I live in!
Having got this event behind me it is time to act on all the things that we discussed in Vienna at the recent very succesfull ICA Commission Chairs meeting. For Neocartography this will be twofold. Firstly, organising a full day workshop in London in September, and also a spring evening neocartography ‘showcase’ event (again probably in London). Any suggestions for other events are of course welcome, particularly if you can help coordinate, and can help by hosting elsewhere. Secondly, we will also be working on adding three new features to the Commission website shortly. They are: an events page, a research groups page, and a publications page.