Mapping together

There is a session with a strong neocartography slant in the SoC/BCS conference ‘Mapping together’ in York this September.

Tuesday 10 Sept – Talks Session 3: New Cartography

Evesham Mapped – Richard Phillips & Will Phillips, OSM Volunteers

Neocartography, (new) aesthetics – Steve Chilton, Middlesex University & Alex Kent Canterbury, Christchurch University

Mapping the UK election(s) of 2015 – what was done and did it work? – Danny Dorling, Oxford University

For the full programme and to register, see the conference website.

SoCBCSbannerThis year the Society of Cartographers and the British Cartographic Society conference will be a joint event. It is to be held at the Radisson Park Inn (in York) on the 8th, 9th & 10th of September. The call for contributions is now open for the joint conference, ‘Mapping Together’. Submissions are invited for both papers within the main conference sessions and workshops during the breakout sessions.

Whilst not specifically an ICA or Neocartography event, there will be a neocartography theme as part of it. There is still time to submit an abstract (and get a free day conf attendance if succesfull)

Neocartography on BBC 5 Live


Whilst I was on a long weekend break in Cornwall I got an email from the producer of the Outriders radio show for BBC Radio 5 Live, saying “We cover hacking and making, digital culture and people who do intriguing things with technology. Basically more of a culture show rather than a gadget show ….. For the next program I am exploring maps and cartography. While reading up on this I came across the term neocartography and of course the [ICA] Commission and you.”

Whilst it was not that convenient I replied to say I would do it (it HAD to be recorded over the weekend). It was to be done by phone or Skype. Although in a remote village in SW England with no mobile phone reception, the wifi was good, so I set time aside for a Skype call, which they recorded for later editing.

I rambled on about neocartography, OSM Haiti, the OS, my work, map design, and more. Unfortunately it had to be cut to fit, so detailed comments around OpenStreetMap and the interesting Haiti earthquake work hit the virtual cutting room floor.

It was broadcast quite late last night, but is available as a podcast (and best played directly from the BBC website rather than downloading). The other contributors were Graham Duncan from Ordnance Survey (on their Minecraft work, following some OS internships), and Saman Bemel Benrud from Mapbox (on creative digital maps).

Call for papers for the Commission-supported LBS2014 symposium

LBS2014 logoThe 11th International Symposium on Location Based Services will be held in Vienna, Austria, 26–28 November 2014.

Several ICA commissions – including Neocartography – will be involved in the event with themed sessions. We are therefore inviting submissions in the field of neocartography and location-based services.

Details can be found in the Call for Papers. Deadline for full papers and work in progress is May 15, 2014. When using EasyChair please make sure to check the “Neocartography” category.

Details of the conference can be found on We hope to see you in Vienna!

Call for papers – joint SoC/ICA session Sept 2014

University_airphotoCALL FOR PAPERS:

The 50th Society of Cartographers conference takes place from 31 Aug-2 Sept 2014 at the University of Glasgow. The afternoon session on Tuesday 2 Sept is to be a joint one, with the ICA Commission in Neocartography [] joining with the SoC for the occasion. This will be a great opportunity for neocartographers and traditional practitioners to meet and discuss their interests.

If you would like to offer a presentation as part of the programme at this event, please email a title and a 200 word abstract to by Fri March 14th. The major themes of the session are:
•       Innovation in proprietary online mapping systems
•       Innovation with open source mapping services
•       Interesting map designs in the new milleau
•       Designing maps for mobile devices
•       Mapping from social media and crowdsourced data

The SoC programme committee will review proposals, and decisions relayed to all who have submitted by Fri 11 April.

Presentations: ICC2013 Dresden pre-conf workshop “Mapping in a digital world”

The ICA Commissions in Neocartography and in Map Design held a pre-conf workshop in Dresden in August. Full details of the programme are available. A short report has also been published on this site. The following links will take you to some of the presentations from that programme [with apologies for them taking so long to appear].

Dresden skyline

Re-Designing the Next Generation of Multi-scale World Topographic Maps: A Changing Landscape (Damien Demaj, Esri Inc) [Slideshare link]

Viewpoints: multiple ways to view the world (Julia Stirnemann, Universität Bern) [Slideshare link]

Color for Online Mapping: Still difficult to choose (Beate Weninger, HafenCity University Hamburg) [Slideshare link]

Map activities in Wikipedia and the cooperation with OpenStreetMap (Tim Alder, Wikipedia/OpenStreetMap activist) [Slideshare link]

Geocollaboration at São Paulo State University, Brazil (Arlette Meneguette, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil ) [Slideshare link]


ICA Workshop – report


The joint ICA pre-conf workshop held by the Neocartography and Map Design Commissions was a great success, being attended by 30 delegates (even though it was 2 days before the main conference started). The President of the Conference Organising Committee (Manfred Buchroithner) welcomed us, and we were pleased to have ICA President Georg Gartner give the opening talk, a thought provoking start to proceedings. We are currently gathering together the presentations which will be linked from here shortly. Co-vice-Chair Andrew Turner has blogged his conference experience here, and for now will just quote his thoughts on the workshop itself:

“The week kicked off with a joint workshop of the Commissions on Map Design and Neocartography hosted by the illustrious Steve Chilton and Ken Field. Throughout the day many of us shared our thoughts and suggestions for the concepts digital, personal, interactive realtime cartography. I will write up my talk separately, but the many other attendees covered insightful areas of work and ideas. Julia Mia Stirnemann, a designer by background, showed the importance of projection in storytelling and perspective demonstrating her WorldMapBuilder. Beate Weninger demonstrated the clear case and design work for better colors in digital cartography – particularly gradient color ramps that affect color vision deficiencies and even situational color blindness caused by ambient environment, lighting, screen displays, and other non-controllable interferences with your maps.”

From left: Georg Gartner introduces the workshop; Beate Weninger’s noise mapping; Steve Chilton’s lightning talk


Details: ICC2013 pre-conf workshop “Mapping in a digital world”

Organized by the ICA Commissions on Map Design and Neocartography, this one-day workshop pre-conference to the ICA International Cartographic Conference 2013 will explore practical themes relating to the design and creation of effective online maps and information products. The updated schedule is now available below and we very much look forward to your participation in Dresden this coming Saturday (24th August 2013).

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. Afternoon presentations will look at more specific user-oriented projects. We will share ideas and seek to develop common threads to take work in this area forward as part of a series of lightning talks and a panel discussion. Please come prepared to participate…

The workshop is being held in Room 101, 1st floor of the Lecture Hall of the TU Dresden, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden, Germany

We aim to start at 9:30 and we are providing full morning and afternoon refreshments as well as lunch. There is no cost to attend the workshop.

There’s still time to join us and participants can Register Here


09:30 – 10:00      Welcome and introduction (Kenneth Field, Esri Inc and Steve Chilton, Middlesex University)

10:00 – 10:30      New paradigms in digital, interactive realtime cartography (Andrew Turner, Esri Inc)

10:30 – 11:00      The aesthetics of mapping (Alex Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University)

11:00 – 11:30      Break (refreshments provided)

11:30 – 12:00      The state of the mapping API (Gary Gale, Nokia)

12:00 – 12:30      Re-Designing the Next Generation of Multi-scale World Topographic Maps: A Changing Landscape (Damien Demaj, Esri Inc)

12:30 – 13:30       Lunch (lunch provided)

13:30 – 13:50       Title TBA (Julia Stirnemann, Universität Bern)

13:50 – 14:10      Color for Online Mapping: Still difficult to choose (Beate Weninger, HafenCity University Hamburg)

14:10 – 14:30      Map activities in Wikipedia and the cooperation with OpenStreetMap (Tim Alder, Wikipedia/OpenStreetMap activist)

14:30 – 14:50      It’s Not Just Interactivity: Web Map Layout, Design, and Aesthetics (Ian Muehlenhaus, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse)

14:50 – 15:20      Break (refreshments provided)

15:20 – 16:00       Lightning talks by participants to be determined unconference style

16:00 – 16:45       Panel discussion led by the organisers

Panel: Andrew Turner, Gary Gale, Damien Demaj, Alex Kent, [led by Kenneth Field & Steve Chilton]

The panel will be invited to discuss a range of themes that have emerged throughout the day and also topics that the participants wish to explore.  In particular, we’re keen to explore how a research agenda for design in online mapping might be shaped for the next few years.  What are the major challenges and opportunities?  How might these be approached and, possibly, solved? What can the ICA Commissions do to push forward research and/or action?

16:45 – 17:00 Closing remarks

Organizers: Kenneth Field, Alexander Kent, Bernie Jenny, AnjaHopfstock (ICA Commission on Map Design); Steve Chilton, Manuela Schmidt, Andrew Turner (ICA Commission on Neocartography)

There’s still time to join us and participants can Register Here

Mapping in a Digital World

The following are the main details for the joint ICA commission workshop session entitled “Mapping in a Digital World” to be held prior to the ICC conf in Dresden.

Date: Sat 24th Aug Time: 09.00 – 17.00 Location: 1st floor, room 101

You can register (FREE) for the session at: Pre Conference Workshops The workshop registration is down the page, and may be booked whether or not you are attending the full conference.

Outline agenda
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and introduction (Kenneth Field and Steve Chilton)
09:30 – 12:00 6 main workshop presentations (with mid-session coffee break)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:20 Shorter participant papers
14:20 – 15:00 coffee break
15:00 – 16:00 Lightning talks by participants to be determined ‘unconference’ style
16:00 – 16:45 Panel discussion (led by the organisers)
16:45 – 17:00 Closing remarks (Kenneth Field, Steve Chilton)

Confirmed speakers (across the sessions) include: 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), Beate Weninger (HafenCity University Hamburg), Tim Fendley (Living Map Company),

Organisers: Kenneth Field, (ICA Commission on Map Design); Steve Chilton (ICA Commission on Neocartography)