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Conference Announcement: 1st ICA Symposium “True-3D in Cartography”

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission for the 1st International ICA/DGfK Symposium “True-3D in Cartography” which will be held at Dreikönigskirche Conference Centre, Dresden, 24-28  August 2009, has been extended until 31 March 2009.

Below you find the list of envisaged topics:

  • Anaglyph Displays
  • Animated True 3D
  • CAVEs
  • Chromo-Stereoscopy
  • CNC Relief-Milling
  • Earth Relief Globes
  • E-Paper and True 3D
  • Hand-Made Geomodels
  • Analogue Holography
  • Digital Holography
  • Hyperglobes
  • Lenticular Foil Technology
  • Polarisation Technology
  • Relief-Molding Technology
  • Solid State Geomodels
  • Shutter Glass Technology
  • Stereo-Lithography
  • Virtual Environments
  • 3D Printing etc.

Please, find more information at the conference web site:

For any other specific information concerning the conference you can contact
Feel free to forward this message to all colleagues who might be interested in this ICA meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you in Dresden in August 2009.

Manfred Buchroithner

Manfred Buchroithner

Also check out these two blog posts to get a feel for the type of content and people who attend this type of conference:

Meet Toni Mair — Terrain Artist Extraordinaire

2008 Mountain Cartography Confernce in Switzerland Approaches

Hiking the Continental Divide

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I got in a few trail miles before the NACIS map conference last week. Flew into Helena, Montana, and drove up to Benchmark via Augusta. Hike was 60 mile round trip including 20 miles along the eastern face of the Chinese Wall thru Bob Marshall Wilderness, one of the largest in the U.S. National Forest system. Luck was with us as the “first” winter storm veered south, leaving the sky mostly clear and the stars brilliant, milky way flowing across half the night sky. Light dusting of snow in the passes. Pictures below:

Less is More – Don’t Default to Shaded Relief

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

montana map gene thorp wash post

My colleague Gene Thorp has a good map in today’s Washington Post showing land ownership in Montana near Missoula. The accompanying article by Karl Vick is headlined Closed-Door Deal Could Open Land In Montana Forest Service Angers Locals With Move That May Speed Building. (The Washington Post, July 5th, 2008.)

Here are the first two graphs of the story:

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Bush administration is preparing to ease the way for the nation’s largest private landowner to convert hundreds of thousands of acres of mountain forestland to residential subdivisions.

The deal was struck behind closed doors between Mark E. Rey, the former timber lobbyist who oversees the U.S. Forest Service, and Plum Creek Timber Co., a former logging company turned real estate investment trust that is building homes. Plum Creek owns more than 8 million acres nationwide, including 1.2 million acres in the mountains of western Montana, where local officials were stunned and outraged at the deal.

And another key graph:

That same impulse drives a different kind of land deal in the area: The buyers are the Nature Conservancy and other organizations that purchase desirable private land to preserve it. Since 2000, the groups have paid Plum Creek market rates to secure 280,000 sensitive acres in Montana alone.

When drawing maps of mountainous areas cartographers often get over-excited about adding relief shading to indicate the shape and height of the terrain in question. This is often appropriate for a reference map but on other maps the relief can be simply gratuitous.

When relief shading is not needed to understand the story and it may muddy the picture by creating distracting visual noise that interferes with communicating the map’s message. Just because the cartographer knows how to create the shaded relief or has a new wiz-bang data source or software program to do so does not mean relief shading should be added to the map.

By removing the relief from this map and choosing to show the Forest Service land in a muted olive green instead of glaring green, the red and black of the private land ownership pattern is allowed first visual prominence, thus strengthening and clarifying the map’s message.

Finally, the map’s message is clearly set forth in a prominent and clear legend. The map reader knows there are two primary and 1 secondary element to examine and compare on the graphic. A context map shows where in Montana the detail is located. Other features have been added for orientation, such as the Rocky Mountains label, Glacier National Park, and the call-out pointer box for Missoula.