[Ica-sdistandards] Invitation to the ICC 2021 pre-conference - Sharing cartographic knowledge

Serena Coetzee serenacoetzee at gmail.com
Sun Nov 21 21:28:11 CET 2021

We are inviting you to a ICC 2021 pre-conference joint workshop by the ICA
Commissions on SDI and Standards, Cognitive Issues in Geographic
Information Visualization, Open Source Geospatial Technologies and
Geospatial Semantics

*Date*: Monday, 13 December, 9:00 – 12:30 (CET) / 8:00 – 11:30 (UCT)
*Format*: hybrid, Register here
*Venue for physical participation*: Firenze, Via Laura, 48, Room A2.09
*Virtual participation*: zoom link will be emailed to registered

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) recently joined the Open
Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international consortium of more than 500
businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities.
Their focus is on standardization towards the interoperability of
geospatial data, applications and services “to make geospatial (location)
information and services FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and
Reusable”. Our Commissions, together with the Working Group on the
Cartography Body of Knowledge, have started discussions on how the ICA
could contribute to the OGC. Two potential topics emerged which will be
explored further in this workshop.

1. Standardization of terminology
Several multilingual dictionaries of cartographic terms have been published
since the 1970s, however, new terms have emerged since then, e.g. map tile,
pan and zoom. At the same time, these terms have not been defined in many
languages, e.g. those spoken in Africa and Asia. We have started compiling
a list of cartographic terms relevant today for using maps. Through this
workshop we would like to further refine the list by involving workshop

2. Making cartographic knowledge accessible to software developers
Contemporary cartographic practice uses a range of computing technologies
for creating maps. Many software tools for making maps are not built by
cartographers, but rather by software engineers, some of whom have limited
cartographic training or mapmaking experience. Researchers have tried to
capture cartographic knowledge to support them, e.g. through expert
systems, cartographic workflows, or cartographic ontologies. In this
workshop we will present cartographic and technical perspectives on map
making and discuss how to bridge the gap between these different viewpoints.

The full schedule is attached.


Serena Coetzee (GPr GISc 1245)
University of Pretoria
Professor and Head of Department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology
Geography Building 1-3.7, Hatfield Campus, Lynnwood Road, Hatfield, 0083,
South Africa
email: serena.coetzee at up.ac.za · Web: www.up.ac.za/ggm · Mobile: +27 82 464
4294 · Tel: +27 12 420 3823
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