SoC neocartography session 2 Sept – abstracts, bios, and reports

socneocartoThe joint Society of Cartographers and ICA Neocartography Commission session was well attended and had some great feedback. The range of topics was wide, but inter-connected.

This post shows abstracts, biographies, and reports (by Barend Kobben and Steve Chilton) from each of the four sessions. It is hoped to have full articles from some of them in the next SoC Bulletin.twitartem

artemDesigning fast, responsive maps with ‘Mapbox Studio’: cartography for everyone, Artem Pavlenko
Abstract: Take OpenStreetMap (global crowd-sourced data set), throw in open source tools like `Mapbox studio` and we’re all cartographers now. In this talk I will demonstrate how `vector tile technology` allows designers to more easily apply intricate cartographic styles to global data, creating interactive base maps of the whole world. This presentation will walk the audience through the process of designing one such map, highlighting some of the technical and design challenges: multi-language support, varying population densities and landscapes.
Biog: Artem is the creator of Mapnik, the open source map renderer behind many on-line maps including OpenStreetMap. At the moment he’s helping to build a new generation of tools at Mapbox. Artem is an open source advocate and enthusiast and continues to lead Mapnik’s core development. Artem has been involved in geospatial work since 1997. He has a Master’s degree in radio-electronics from the Moscow Institute of Aviation and currently lives with his family in Oxfordshire, England.


flemingThe (OpenStreetMap) State of Scotland 2014, Chris Fleming
Abstract: We will start with a tour of Scotland’s cities looking at them using OpenStreetMap data in a variety of styles. Before considering some of the trends in, OpenStreetMap Data in particularly in Scotland are evolving this year, looking at where this mapping is going and some of the weak spots. As well as some of the community activity and how the data might be translated back into actual maps and useful information for local communities.
Biog: Chris has been playing with making maps since he was let out onto the streets of Johannesburg on his BMX at a young age with pencil and paper, His family moved to England and then he moved to Edinburgh to study Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He got back into maps when discovering OpenStreetMap in 2007 and works doing software consultancy around Telecoms signalling and OpenStreetMap.



heikkiOpen Source Cartography: Map Design with QGIS, Heikki Vesanto
Abstract: Recent years have seen a dedicated movement towards open data, with more and more datasets becoming available for cartographic use for the general public. The utilization of these datasets is made possible with the emergence of world class free and open source GIS software, prime among them QGIS.
On the processing side QGIS has for a long time been competitive with commercial GIS packages. However over the last few releases QGIS has seen an emphasis on the cartography. QGIS is not meant as a competitor to desktop publishing software, rather the power comes from the ability to use data to drive cartography. The Atlas generator can create a whole atlas driven by a dataset of boundaries, and the symbology can be driven by the data itself. This opens new possibilities for cartography and crating amazing maps.
Biog: Heikki Vesanto is a GIS consultant from Stirling based thinkWhere. Working on the services team providing GIS consultancy, customer support and training. He has an Undergraduate degree from the University of Glasgow in History and Geography, and a Masters from the University of Helsinki in Geoinformatics, with an emphasis on remote sensing. He is passionate about the future of open GIS and the new possibilities it brings.


kayAdventures in cartography with Free And Open Source Tools, Steven Kay
Abstract: In recent years, Free and Open Source Tools have made it possible for people with a non-cartographic background to explore and visualise data geospatially. With the increasing availability of spatial open data from governments and other bodies, and the rise of crowdsourced maps such as OpenStreetMap, members of the public can now analyse and map geographic data in ways difficult to imagine 5 or 10 years ago.  With OpenStreetMap, members of the public are being actively engaged in mapping their neighbourhoods – “citizen mapping” – empowering them to tackle local issues, such as the identification of unused land or areas prone to flooding.
My personal journey in learning to use these tools has been a challenge, but a rewarding one.  Not having a formal cartographic background means that design mistakes will be made. But his opens up the possibility of innovation, discovery and rediscovery in cartographic design. Sharing maps online can also lead to useful critique.  Whether it’s the photogenicity of mountains, mapping poor health, or finding out how our Roman invaders headed us off at the pass, FOSS tools can help us understand and explore the world around us.
Biog: Steven Kay is an Open Source Geospatial Technologist at GeoGeo, working on web and mobile map applications. He has a BSc Hons in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University and 20 years’ experience in IT, mostly in the Finance sector. He has been an OpenStreetMap contributor for 5 years.