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Mapping in a digital world – ICA pre-conf workshop Sat Aug 24th

International Cartographic Conference 2013 Dresden, Germany
Preconference workshop: Saturday August 24th 09:00-17:00


Organized by the ICA Commissions on Map Design and Neocartography, this one-day workshop will explore practical themes relating to the design of effective online maps and information products; focusing on realtime, interactivity and design not only of the map but of the user interface and experience to support cartography..

Morning presentations by a range of acknowledged experts in the field will seek to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art as well as touch on some of the challenges we face. Participants are encouraged to contribute to the workshop in two ways; either through offering a 15 minute paper on their own work in this area; or through a lightning talk. We may also do some lightning talks on the day so please come prepared to contribute to the workshop! Finally, we will share ideas and seek to develop common threads to take work in this area forward as part of a panel discussion.

Call for papers

Short papers: We invite short papers (15 mins with 5mins for questions) on aspects of design as it relates to web mapping for inclusion.  Specifically of interest are conceptual and practical contributions exploring the design of maps in web and mobile environments, aesthetics, geovisualization, art in (and of) cartography and assessments of new and innovative methods.  We are particularly interested in the challenges facing cartography in web and mobile environments and how it responds by re-imagining traditional practice in new technological paradigms.

Lightning talks: We also invite 5 minute lightning talks that share an idea, open a debate or deal with a very specific issue. These aren’t the place for long expositions and discussions of detailed research…simple ideas, eloquently expressed and fast!

To submit a paper or lighting talk idea please email Kenneth Field (

Confirmed speakers for the morning sessions
Kenneth Field (Esri)
Steve Chilton (Middlesex University)
Gary Gale (Nokia)
Andrew Turner (GeoIQ & Esri)
Damien Demaj (Esri)
Alexander Kent (University of Canterbury)
Bernhard Jenny (Oregon State University)
more to be announced…

You may register for the workshop (which is FREE to attend) at

Web site of the ICA Commission on Map Design:
Web site of the ICA Commission on Neocartography:


Neocartography: research and publications

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.

New Year, New Activities

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!