News & upcoming events
- IMPORTANT: the ICA Research Scholarships, a new initiative of the ICA to support young scientists were recently announced. The goal of these grants is to stimulate young scientists to direct their careers toward fundamental studies in the fields of Cartography and GISciences. Applicants are responsible for choosing a mentor for their research from an ICA Commission. Interested??? Take a look at the President's Blog.
- The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) is the most prestiguous conference in the field of general human-computer interaction. CHI 2013 was held in Paris from 27 April to 2 May. See: http://chi2013.acm.org. In line with our Terms of Reference (the “outreach chapter”), the Commission supported the organization of a Workshop on Geographic Human-Computer Interaction that was held on 27 - 28 April 2013 (also in Paris and in conjunction with CHI2013). You can find the proceedings here.
- On 16 September 2012 (the day before the start of AutoCarto2012) the Commission ran a successful Workshop on Designing and Conducting User Studies together with the ICA Commission on Cognitive Visualization in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The programme and slides of this workshop can be found in the 'News and events' page.
- The most relevant textbook (up to the present) for this Commission's domain is Interacting with Geospatial Technologies (ed. by Muki Haklay). It appeared in 2010 and details can be found in the Bibliography.
pre-conference ICC2015) workshop - Curitiba, Brazil
- In 2015, the 27th Internationcal Cartographic Conference will take place in Rio de Janero - Brazil on August 23-28. Before this conference the commission will organise a 2-day workshop (21-22 August) in another nice Brazilian town: Curitiba. ....more details will be announced soon...
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CARTOCON 2014- Olomouc, Czech Republic
The commission organised a meeting at the CARTOCON 2014 Conference, which took place from 25 - 28 February 2014 in Olomouc (Czech Republic). ====
The conference aimed to bring together cartographers from across different areas of cartography, which turned out to be a great succes:
- Maps and Atlases Production
- Use and Users Issues
- Cognition and Visualization Issues
- Cartography and Statistics
Our Vice-Chairs David Forrest and Alexander Pucher were invited as keynote speakers.
Workshop on Working with Eye-Tracking: Why, When, and How?
Together with the ICA Commissions on Cognitive Visualization and Geovisualization, the Commission organized a very succesfull pre-ICC2013 Workshop on Working with Eye-Tracking on 23 & 24 August 2013 in Dresden, Germany.
The programme consisted out of a mixture of presentations regarding applications, case studies, data analysis, data interpretation and cognition and demonstrations of eye-‐tracking equipment from different manufacturers.
Workshop on Geographic Human-Computer Interaction
In line with our Terms of Reference (the “outreach chapter”), the Commission supported the organization of a Workshop on Geographic Human-Computer Interaction that was held on 27 - 28 April 2013 (also in Paris and in conjunction with CHI2013).
A number of Commission members during a field activity of the workshop:
SOMAP 2012 - Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping
The Commission was one of the co-organizers of the successful SOMAP 2012 Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping, which was held in Vienna, Austria on 22-23 November 2012. Further details can be found here.
Workshop on Designing and Conducting User Studies
On 16 September 2012 (the day before the start of AutoCarto2012) the Commission ran a successful workshop together with the ICA Commission on Cognitive Visualization in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Participants of the Workshop on Designing and Conducting User Studies
Here you can find the programme of the Workshop.
The Workshop consisted of 4 modules:
Module 1a – Methods and techniques of use, user and usability resaerch in geo-information processing and dissemination (Kristien Ooms & Corné van Elzakker)
Module 1b – Improving the usability of pedestrian navigation systems (Ioannis Delikostidis & Corné van Elzakker)
Module 2 – Designing your user study or experiment (Amy Griffin)
Module 3 – Research instrument integrity (Amy Lobben)
Module 4 – Working with the card sorting method (Robert Roth)
The presentation files are accessible through the links above.
The basic idea is that the Workshop can also be conducted elsewhere and new Modules (e.g. on another research technique) may be added in the future. Please contact Corné van Elzakker in case you want to know more.
4th Workshop on Geographic Information Usability
An interdisciplinary group of around 30 people took part in the 4th Workshop on Geographic Information Usability, held on 17th January 2012 at the School of the Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Further information
ICC 2011 from 1 to 8 July 2011 in Paris
Use and user issues was one of the most prominent conference themes at the 25th International Cartographic Conference. For more information consult the conference website. Use and user issues papers can be found in the bibliography or on the ICA website. The proceedings of the 25th International Cartographic Conference are available online.
Workshop on User Issues in Geospatial Public Transport Information on 1st-2nd July 2011 in Paris
The ICA Commission on Use and User Issues has organized a pre-conference workshop to the ICA conference (4th-8th July) in Paris with the theme 'User Issues in Geospatial Public Transport Information'. The workshop had a mixed programme of presentations, demonstrations and posters. The participants of the workshop conducted a field test with Paris public transport information. The results will be available soon.
Workshop on 'Emerging Methods for Studying Use of Spatial Technologies' on 14 September in Zurich
This workshop, sponsored by the Commission, aims to bring together researchers from relevant fields to discuss methods for studying the use of spatial technology in the multidisciplinary context of GIScience.
Spatial technologies of all types are becoming an increasingly common part of many individuals’ daily lives. We define spatial technologies broadly, including but not limited to location-based services, mobile mapping, mash-ups, interactive maps, geovisualizations, and GIS applications such as decision support systems. Although much effort is devoted to building these technologies, fewer resources have been devoted to making them usable or understanding why and how a technology is usable. Encouragingly, however, a growing number of researchers have shown interest in recent years in working in the area of user studies. This workshop is aimed at promoting interaction and exchange between researchers who do user studies (or would like to do them in the future).
Workshop on Methods and Techniques of Use, User and Usability Research in Geo-information Processing and Dissemination Tuesday 13 April 2010 at University College London
The ICA Commission on Use and User Issues of the ICA is currently working on a new handbook specifically addressing the application of user research methods and techniques in the geodomain. In order to share experiences and interesting case studies a Workshop was organized by the Commission, in collaboration with UCL, on the day preceding GISRUK 2010.
2nd Workshop on usability of geographic information
On Tuesday 23rd March 2010 a workshop focussing on the usability of geographic information was held at UCL, London. The workshop was co-organized by the British Ordnance Survey, University of Nottingham and University College London. Links to papers and presentation can be found under 'papers and proceedings' on this page.
The presentation slides of the Third Workshop on Usability of Geographic Information, organized by Ordnance Survey and the Commission (on November 10 2010 in Southampton) are available online.
Commission Meetings at the 24th International Cartography Conference in Santiago, Chile (15 to 21-11-2009)
From 15 to 21 November 2009, the International Cartographic Association will hold its 24th International Cartographic Conference in Santiago, Chile.
During this conference there will be an open meeting of the Commission and everybody who is interested in use and user issues is very welcome to attend. Date: Thursday 19 November 2009. Time: 16:00 - 17:30 hrs. Place: R1.
There will also be a closed meeting of everyone who is involved in the book publication or wants to contribute to it. Date: Monday 16 November 2009. Time: 16:00 - 17:30 hrs. Place: to be announced soon.
Please contact Corné van Elzakker, in case you want to attend these meetings. If you do so, you will automatically receive more details and documents.
Commission Working Meeting in Salzburg (25-11-2008)
In conjunction with LBS2008 the Commission on Use and User Issues of the ICA (International Cartographic Association) had a working meeting at the Techno-Z, Salzburg, Austria on Tuesday 25 November. Main topic of this meeting was the structure and contents of a new textbook publication on research methods and techniques for dealing with use and user issues in cartography and geo-information processing and dissemination.
5th International Symposium on LBS & TeleCartography
| The Mobile and Web-based Information Systems Group of Salzburg Research and the Cartography & Engineering Geodesy Research Groups of the Vienna University of Technology are pleased to present the 5th International Symposium on LBS & TeleCartography in cooperation with the ICA Commissions on Maps and the Internet & Ubiquitous Mapping and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing WG II/5 on Communication and Visualization of Spatial Data to be held from 26th to 28th November, 2008 at the Salzburg Residenz, City of Salzburg, Austria. |
Papers and Proceedings on Use and User Issues
Proceedings of the 25th International Cartographic Conference, Paris, 2011
Workshop on Methods and Techniques of Use, User and Usability Research in Geo-information Processing and Dissemination, UCL London, April 13 2010
Proceedings of 3rd Workshop on the usability of geographic information, Southampton, November 10th 2010
Joint Workshop of Ordnance Survey and the Commission
Proceedings of 2nd Workshop on the usability of geographic information, UCL London, March 23rd 2010
Joint workshop of Ordnance Survey, University of Nottingham and UCL
Proceedings of the 24th International Cartographic Conferences, Santiago Chile, 2009