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Words from the Chair
My words are short this time of year; maybe it has something to do with the seasons here. I remember from my days ski bumming in Vermont, that the old timers when asked what they did all winter long would typically respond, ‘Sit and think. Mostly sit.’ In our hyper-mediated existence we often only have time to react, and I long for a time to possibly sit and think. When I do have a spare moment, typically over a cup of coffee in the morning, I have been trying to think about the Cartography Specialty Group and its members. We’ve had a couple of projects going on this year that we need to bring to some resolution: the first concerns the newsletter and the second deals with our identity.
So, how is the newsletter working as a digitally distributed
document? I have only heard a couple of comments, generally positive, but
it is sometimes difficult to judge the impact of a decision to radically
change distribution environments. This should be the second digitally distributed
newsletter that you received from the CSG.
20 Years AgoVolume 1, Issue 1 of the Cartography Specialty Group newsletter was published exactly twenty years ago. Mark Monmonier was the editor and Linda Buatti the associate editor. The newsletter included mention of a forthcoming dinner to honor Arthur Robinson upon his retirement, details of paper sessions and workshops for the upcoming AAG meeting in Louisville, and concern about declining membership in the CSG.
Is the new format working for you and are you reading
Or, do you prefer a paper version of the newsletter?
The digital version has some benefits over a paper newsletter due to savings in production cost and mailing. We now have the ability to include color graphics in the body of the newsletter, and we can easily expand it as space is required. This should be ecologically more friendly, although I am not sure of the environmental shadow costs of production of computer hardware and software and electricity versus paper, copiers, and fuel. Notwithstanding, some feedback either to the newsletter editor, me or the board would help us to evaluate whether or not we have improved. So please do let us know what you think.
Very shortly, you will receive a questionnaire via e-mail concerning the potential for a name change for the group. We have had a proposal on the table this year to consider a name change that “better” reflects that which we do as cartographers. This has been delayed, mea culpa, but this debate I think is one that is important to the long term health of the group. Much of this debate is being driven by the impact of geographic visualization on what we do.
Some issues to think about in preparing for the questionnaire are how you identify yourself as a cartographer and whether the term cartography adequately represents what you do. We have some options here: to leave the name the same, modify it to represent ideas of changed content within our field, or possibly join forces with another specialty group.
Would a name change attract new members or potentially alienate present members?
We plan to discuss the results of the questionnaire at the CSG business meeting in Pittsburgh and develop a formal recommendation from that discussion that we will then circulate as a referendum to members. So I encourage you to attend the business meeting.
The CSG Business Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm. Check your programs for room and schedule changes. We have a number of interesting paper sessions and an active student paper competition this year. I encourage you all to attend the session and I look forward to seeing you at the meetings.
In closing, my thanks to Aileen Buckley, Liz Nelson, and James Lowry for all their work on preparing sessions and the student paper competition for the group. We should also all extend our thanks to Ann Goulette and the remainder of the board members for all of their hard work in keeping the CSG running smoothly. We will miss Ann’s efficient and cheerful organizational skills as Secretary and Treasurer next year and we should all commend her for her years of service to the organization.
Should you have any comments please forward them my way.
I can be reached at 715.425.3264 or email@example.com or the address
on the masthead of the newsletter. I look forward to hearing from you,
and my best wishes for a productive spring.
There are a total of 10 sessions at the upcoming AAG meeting sponsored by the Cartography Specialty Group. Aileen Buckley and Jeremy Crampton are responsible for organizing 7 of them. Thank them for their efforts when you see them.
Wednesday, April 5
8:00-9:40 Visualization I: Conceptual Issues
Daniel Haug, Penn State University, Geographic Visualization and Qualitative Data Analysis: Problems and Possibilities
Mark Gahegan, Penn State University, Tools to Support the Visual Exploration of Relationships in Geographic Data
Alan MacEachren, Isaac Brewer and Mark Harrower, Penn State University, A Conceptual Approach to Multiuser Collaborative Geographic Visualization Environments
Nicholas Hedley, University of Washington, Exploring the Construction of Spatial Cognitive Models from Technology-Mediated Visualizations
Charles Rader, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, A Framework for Understanding Cartographic and Geographic Visualization
10:00-11:40 Visualization II: Cognitive Issues
Robert Lloyd and Rick Bunch, University of South Carolina, Visual Search: Cognitive and Cartographic Effects
Erik Steiner, Cory Eicher and Cynthia Brewer, Penn State University and Linda Pickle, National Cancer Institute, A Cognitive Study of Methods of Classifying Epidemiological Data on Choropleth Maps in Series
Terry Slocum and Robert Sluter, University of Kansas, Fritz Kessler, Frostburg State University and Stephen Yoder, Johnson County , Kansas, A Preliminary Evaluation of Map Time
Scott Freundschuh, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Animated Maps – What’s the Big Deal? Comparing Knowledge Acquisition from Static and Animated Maps
C. Victor Wu, Samford University, Visualization of Remotely Sensed Imagery: What Do They See?
12:00-1:40 Visualization III: Development Issues
Sara Fabrikant, University at Buffalo, Cartographic Considerations for Designing Information Spaces
Andre Skupin, University of New Orleans, Interactive Visualization of AAG Paper Abstracts
Michael Shin, University of Miami, Improving Choropleth Map Legends with Exploratory Data Analyses
Aileen Buckley, University of Oregon, Collaborative Development of Visualization Methods and Practices
William Cartwright, RMIT University, 500 Years of Flatness, 50 Years of Compromise, 5 Years of Innovation: the Emergence of Multimedia Cartography as a Unique Visualization Form
2:00-3:40 Visualization IV: Computational Issues
Robert Sluter, University of Kansas, Visualizing Uncertainty: Mapping Soil Variability
Jerome Dobson, Richard Durfee, Ed Tinnel, Phillip Coleman, Edward Bright, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Geo-Visualization of Landscapes at Risk from Airborne Contaminants
Micha Pazner, University of Western Ontario, On the Horizon: Geographic Flight Simulators
Zhong-Ren Peng, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Interface Design Issues for Internet GIS
Jeurgen Symanzik, Utah State University, Mike Mungiole, National Center for Health Statistics, Nicholas Lewin-Koh, Iowa State University, Fabian Noetzel, Humboldt Universitaet-Berlin, Dianne Cook, Iowa State University, The ArcView/Xgobi/XploRe Environment: Spatial Data Analysis in a Linked Software Environment
4:00-5:20 Visualization V: Human, Social and Historical Issues
Nikolas Huffman, Penn State University, Mapping Maps and Atlases of the Holocaust
Matthew Kuehl, University of Massachusetts, Capturing Battle Cries: Suppression of Radio in the Conduct of Warfare
Matt McCourt, University of Kentucky, Navigating Space, Time, and Representation in an Historical Landscape Visualization Application
John Krygier, Ohio Wesleyan University, Nikolas Huffman, Penn State University, Projecting Bodies: the Art and Science of Mapping the Body
Thursday, April 6
8:00-9:40 Visualization VI: Applications
Yi-Hwa Wu and Ming-Chih Hung, University of Utah, Visualization of Transportation Network Dynamics
Benjamin Lehman, Shippensburg University, Visualization of an Urban Heat Island Effect
Ming-Chih Hung, Yi-Hwa Wu and Greg Gault, University of Utah, Visualization of Great Salt Lake Dynamics from Satellite Images
Alison Philpotts and Thomas Feeney, Shippensburg University, Visualization and Temporal Animation: the Drought of 1999
Tom Manley, Middlebury College, Scientific Visualization of Multi-Dimensional Data in the Field of Physical Limnology
10:00-10:40 Visualization VII: Illustrated Paper Session
Robert Maxwell Beavers, University of Northern Colorado: Visualizing Urban Social Dynamics: A Test of Correlation Estimation Using Animated Thematic Map Pairs
Jill Hallden, Michigan State University, Development of a System for Visualizing Remotely-Sensed Data
Michael Peterson, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Map Visualization for the Public through Automated Sequenced Displays of Maps from the Web
Isaac Brewer, Jack Gundrum, Hadi Abdo, Amy Griffin, Alan MacEachren, George Otto and Masahiro Takatsuka, Penn State University, Building Multiuser Collaborative Geographic Visualization Environments
Jeffrey Torguson, St. Cloud State University, Avenue and Visual Basic Assistance in Data Visualization and Classification
2:00-3:40 Cadastral Concerns I
Erik Stubkjaer, Aalborg University, An Adequate Research Design for Cadastral Development
Gary Jeffress, Texas A&M University, The Value of the Cadastre to the Economy
Romeo Sherko and David Stanfield, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adapting Information Technology (IT) for Land Market Institutional Development with Special Reference to Albania
Mele Rakai and Susan Nichols, University of New Brunswick, Using GIS and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Native Land Claims
Grenville Barnes, University of Florida, David Stanfield, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Edmond Leka, Immovable Property Registration Systems, Transferring GPS Technology into Albania: A Review of Progress over the Period 1994-2000.
4:00-5:20 Cadastral Concerns II
Yaives Ferland, Universite of Laval, Structural Framing Addressing Technological Reformation of Cadastres: The Internet Case
Daniel Karnes, Dartmouth College, Implementation of a Dynamic Model of the Cadastral Network
Stephen McElroy, University of Arizona, Integrating Cadastre Data into a GIS Framework for Studying Housing Consolidation in Villa El Salvador
Rima Ammouri, John McLaughlin and David Coleman, University of New Brunswick, The New Brunswick Land Gazette: A New Tool for Land Management
Friday, April 7
10:00-11:20 CSG Student Honors Competition
Deborah Rodgers, San Francisco State University, Approaching the Limits to Cartographic Design: Secret Charms of the Ideogram
Julie Rice, Kent State University, The Cartographic Heritage of the Lakota Sioux
William Smith Jr., University of Delaware, Clearinghouse Approach to Enhancing Informed Public Participation in Watershed Management Utilizing GIS and Internet Technology
Jacqueline Shinker, University of Oregon, Visualizing the Global Climate System Through Animated Cartography
4:00-5:40 All Over the Map: Many Faces of Cartography
Serena Aldrich, East Central University, Determining the Rate of Growth of Kudzu Using Remote Sensing Techniques
Trudy Suchan, US Bureau of the Census, Producing Good Maps When Non-Cartographers Control Design
Elizabeth Nelson, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Using Map Tasks to Test Selective Attention Theory
Judith Tyner, California State University-Long Beach, Folk Maps, Cartoons, and Map Kitsch: The Role of Cartographic Curiosities
Janet Smith, University of Georgia, The Influence of Sex, Spatial Activity, Geographic Setting, and Geographic Landscape on Adolescent Map Skill Ability
Saturday, April 8
8:00-9:40 The Constructed, Contested (and Clandestine) Histories of GIS and GISci
John Cloud, University of California-Santa Barbara, The Case of the Vanishing “M”: from MGIS to GIS – and Why
Patrick McHaffie, DePaul University, Surfaces: Tacit Knowledge, Formal Language, and Metaphor at the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics
Nick Chrisman, University of Washington, The Rise and Fall of Topology: Constructing Inevitability in GIS
These are not the only papers addressing cartography at the meeting; merely the ones that have been sponsored by the CSG
MATT McGRANAGHAN (BA & MA SUNY-Albany, PhD SUNY-Buffalo) has been a CSG member since 1983. He is an Associate Professor in the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Geography Department. His research interests are primarily in map perception and HCI. His teaching includes courses on computer cartography, GIS and remote sensing. After a period of university administrative distractions, he is getting back to his interests.
THOMAS W. HODLER earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1969 and 1971 respectively. He earned his doctoral degree in geography from Oregon State University, Corvallis, in 1977. After teaching geography at Western Michigan University for four years, he joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1981 where he holds the academic rank of Professor of Geography. He served as Graduate Coordinator from 1995 to 1998 and is now Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Hodler's research is in the areas of cartographic visualization, animation, and interactive atlas design and production. He co-authored The Atlas of Georgia in 1986 and The Interactive Atlas of Georgia in 1994 and 1996. He is presently investigating the role of map animation as applied to interactive atlases with specific focus on map sonofication. He is currently serving as cartographic editor for the journals Urban Geography and the Southeastern Geographer. Dr. Hodler has served as student director of the Cartography Specialty Group and is past Technical Editor of Cartography and GIS (when it was called the American Cartographer). He is a member of the Association of American Geographers, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, North American Cartographic Information Society, the Council of Graduate Schools and the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.
REX G. CAMMACK is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Southwest Missouri State University. He received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (1989), his M.S. from the University of South Carolina (1991) and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (1995). He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University from 1994 to 1996 after which he joined the faculty at Southwest Missouri State University where he is the Director of the Cartographic Science program and teaches classes in Cartography, GIS, Natural Resources and Atmospheric Science. Dr. Cammack serves as the co-sponsor of the student chapter of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at Southwest Missouri State University. His publications include: New Map Design Challenges: Interactive Map Products for the World Wide Web, Constructing Cognitive Maps with Orientation Biases, An Examination of the Effects of Task Type and Map Complexity on Sequenced and Static Maps, and Knowing Home: The Basic Level.
JULIO RIVERA is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he teaches Cartography, GIS and other Geography courses. He has also taught at several University of Wisconsin campuses. His Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and examines differences in cartographic interpretation based on assumptions about knowledge and experience with maps and Geography. His research interests include: the influence of adult cognition on map interpretation; the map as a rhetorical device in the media; and issues of geography in higher education. He previously served as the student director for the Cartography Specialty Group of the AAG.
JEFF TORGUSON is currently an Assistant Professor of Geography at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where his primary responsibilities include teaching Map Fundamentals, Thematic Cartography, Map Design and Presentation, and GIS. Jeff received his B.A. from St. Cloud State University (1987), his MA (1990) and Ph.D. 1993) from the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty at SCSU in 1997. For the last decade, Jeff has been involved with the Cartographic Specialty Group. He was the CSG Student Director (1990 - 1991), and placed second in the CSG Student Honors Competition in Miami (1991). Jeff 's professional interests are currently in thematic mapping, scripting and programming, visualization and map animation, digital atlases and web-based graphics. He has published in Cartographic Perspectives and Geographical Review, and he worked on the earlier version of The Interactive Atlas of Georgia. Jeff is a member of AAG, ACSM, and NACIS, and currently serves as Chair of the Microcomputer Specialty Group. His career priority has always been centered on students, and he would like to continue that focus by serving as the CSG academic director.
ELISABETH NELSON is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A native of North Carolina, she received her B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests revolve around cartographic perception and cognition, with current interests geared towards the design of bivariate and multivariate symbolization. Dr. Nelson has published in a variety of cartographic journals, including Cartographic Perspectives, Cartographica, and Cartography and Geographic Information Science. She has also organized, chaired, and participated in several sessions for both the AAG and NACIS. She is a member and has served on the board of directors for NACIS, and is currently serving her last term as Academic Director for CSG.
SCOTT WHITE is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He teaches courses in cartography, intro and advanced GIS, remote sensing, world geography, physical geology, and meteorology. He is currently ABD at the University of Utah (Ph.D. expected, summer 2000), where he has been working with Dr. Merrill Ridd and researchers from the University of Texas-Austin on the construction of a water balance model for the 1993 Mississippi floods using geographic visualization techniques and methodologies. Prior to attending grad school in Utah, Scott received his M.S. in Geology in 1991 from Texas Christian University, and his B.S. in Geology in 1987 from Tennessee Technological University. He has been an active member of the AAG Cartography and GIS specialty groups for several years, and was the GIS-SG student director during 1997-98. Scott continues to do research into new methods of integrating GIS output with geographic visualization, along with pedagogical issues related to the use of instructional technology in earth science education. He is an active member of the Instructional Technology Council on the Fort Lewis campus, and is the Program Coordinator for the GIS Minor at the College. He is also a member of ACSM, ASPRS, and GSA.
DAVID HOWARD holds a B.S. in Mathematics (1992) and a B.A. in Geography (1992) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed and M.S. in geography from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994, where he is currently working on his Ph.D. in geography. David's areas of research are in the areas of visualization, instructional design, GIS education, computer interface design, metaphors, and bivariate maps. He has served as a graduate representative in the geography department at Penn State, and is also a full-time employee of the George F. Deasy GeoGraphics Lab. David designs and produces educational software both on CD-ROM and as web sites.
AMY N. CLEARY is an undergraduate student at East Central University, Oklahoma. Amy holds an Associates degree from Seminole State College in 1998. She is currently President of East Central University Cartographic Society, and will be inducted into the East Central University GTU Chapter this spring semester. Her cartographic interests are Remote Sensing and GIS.
JILL HALDEN is a doctoral student in the Department
of Geography at Michigan State University. She received a BA in Geography
from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1993), taught science fundamentals
as an outdoor education instructor to elementary students, and received
her M.A. in Geography from Michigan State in Spring, 1999. Her thesis work
focused on the development of new techniques for two and three dimensional
cartographic animations. Her doctoral work explores new approaches to the
visualization of remotely sensed data. At Michigan State, Jill has been
a laboratory instructor, a GIS analyst, and the multimedia specialist for
the Atlas of Michigan Project. She is a member of 5 AAG specialty groups,
NACIS, and Phi Kappa Phi, and has a continuing interest in pursuing the frontiers of cartography.
April 4-8. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact: AAG, 1710 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20009-3198. Phone: (202) 234-1450. WWW: www.aag.org
April 6-8, Burdick-Vary Symposium, Cartography in the European Renaissance, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research in the Humanities and the History of Cartography Project. Contact Loretta Freiling by phone 608-262-3855, fax 608-265-4173, or mail: UW Institute for Research in the Humanities, 1401 Observatory Drive, Madison WI 53706
May 6-7, New York Map-O-Rama 2000. GISMO (Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Operations) and the Queens Museum of Art present an opportunity to learn about GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology from professionals in the field in an informal/educational setting. Demonstrations, Presentations, Workshops, Exhibits -- activities for children and adults. Participating organizations include: NYPIRG, US Census, Community Cartography, ESRI, Green Map, Queens Community Board #3, Space Track, the Environmental Simulation Center, Smallworld, Identity Map, Children's Creative Writing Campaign, MapInfo, and more.
September 6-8. International Cartographic Association,
Conference on “Teaching Maps for Children: Theories, Experiences and Perspectives
Beginning the Third Millenium”, Budapest, Hungary. Contact: Jesús
Reyes Nunez, Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Cartography,
Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A. Budapest 1117,
Hungary. Telephone: 36 (1) 372-2975. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. WWW:
The Cartography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 1999-2000 Master’s Thesis Research Grants. These grants are available to master’s students working on cartographic research and who are enrolled in a geography degree program. Grants are available up to a maximum of $300 and may be used for items necessary and relevant to research such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees. Deadlines for applications are March 15th and June 15th.
Fundable research must be cartographic in nature. Cartography must be the central focus of the research, and not merely a tool used in support of some other research.
Review of Proposals
Research proposals will be judged based upon (1) their originality, (2) their research design or plan of work, and (3) their budget and its justification. Proposals are reviewed in a non-blind process by a committee of three people selected by the Non-Academic Director in consultation with the CSG Chair.
Date of Awards
Awards will be made two months after the review date for which the proposal was submitted.
Application Form Required for Submission
An application form may be obtained from the Non-Academic Director. Fill the form out completely. Note that the applicant and the advisor are jointly responsible for the accuracy and validity of all information on the application. Be sure to complete the budget and justification on the back of the application form. List the requested items from highest to lowest priority and include price quotations for these items. Below, provide a brief justification of why the items you are requesting are necessary to your thesis.
Finally, state whether you will accept partial funding should the entire amount requested not be granted.
Description of the Research Plan
A description of your research plan is also required. Place your name and the title of your thesis at the top of the first page. State the research objectives and the specific aims of the research. Describe concisely the methods for achieving these goals. The research plan should not exceed three pages. Please note that human subject clearance must be obtained before grant money can be awarded, if the research involves human subjects.
All applications must be typewritten or completed on a word processor. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for funding. Submit the original signed application form and research plan, along with two copies, to:
U.S. Geological Survey
National Wetlands Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd
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Department of Geography
Univ.of Wisconsin - River Falls
River Falls, WI 54022-5001
Vice Chair (1999-2000)
Dept of Geography / ECU Box Q2
East Central University
Ada, OK 74820
Past Chair (1999-2000)
Department of Geography
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812
Booz Allen & Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
McLean, VA 22105
Academic Director (1998-2000)
Department of Geography
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina 27402
Academic Director (1999-2001)
Department of Geography
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1251
Non-Academic Director (1999-2001)
U.S. Geological Survey
National Wetlands Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506
Student Director (1999-2000)
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
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