A Beyond State-of-the-Art Role of Geovisualization in the Understanding of the World

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 10:45-15:00 CET+1

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CYBERCARTOGRAPHY: A Beyond State-of-the-Art Role of Geovisualization in the Understanding of the World

The increased availability of geographic data (often in massive volumes) together with the advances in spatiotemporal data management, integration, analysis and visualization present an emerging need and opportunity: how to transform these massive volumes of geographic data into meaningful information about places, events, activities, and interrelations.

Maps are a fundamental means for understanding the world and interpreting complex data and phenomena in space and time. The last decades have been characterized by a radical change in how we make and use maps. New technologies and mapping approaches have been introduced: interactive visual interfaces and geovisual analytics tools, multimodal and multisensory representations, story maps and cybercartographic atlases, 3D representations of complex data, virtual, augmented, and extended realities. Furthermore, the integration of geovisualization with knowledge representation structures may provide the basis to infuse data with meaning and deepen our understanding of natural and social systems and intricate interactions in space and time.

Five invited speakers will address the major challenges of cybercartography and stimulate discussions/ initiate dialogue among participants. Individuals who are interested in shortly presenting their relevant work at the workshop, please contact us.

The event aims to provide a forum for fruitful interactions and for joining forces among three major geospatial communities: the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

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Invited Speeches

Atlascine: Mapping & Listening Stories Online

Sébastien Caquard

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Planning & Environment, Graduate Program Director (Master of Environmental Assessment) & Lead Co-Director, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Member & Former Chair, ICA Commission on Art & Cartography.

Sebastien Caquard

Abstract: Atlascine is a unique cybercartographic application dedicated to the mapping of stories. While there are a range of excellent web applications designed to tell stories with maps, Atlascine is the only one fully designed to study how we express our interaction with places through stories and to mobilize interactive maps to listen to these stories. Its development raises a range of ethical, technological, methodological and cartographic issues faced by any online mapping projects. Atlascine is a collaborative project between the Geomedia Lab at Concordia University (Montreal) and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Center at Carleton University (Ottawa). It has been used to develop different cybercartographic atlases such as The Atlas of Rwandan Life Stories.

Urban Climate Data Geovisualization

Sidonie Christophe

Senior Researcher in Geographic Information Sciences, Head of GEOVIS 'Visualization, Interaction, Immersion' Team, LASTIG Lab, Université Gustave Eiffel, IGN-ENSG (French National Mapping Agency), Paris, France. Research Affiliate, to the 'Ambiances, Architectures, Urbanities' research unit, Nantes France. Co-Chair, ISPRS WG IV/9: Geovisualization, Augmented & Virtual Reality. Former Co-Chair, ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization.

Sidonie Christophe

Abstract: Urban climate data remain complex to analyze regarding their spatial-temporal distribution accordingly to what we know about the urban morphology. While discussing with meteo researchers, the co-visualization of simulated air temperature into urban topographic models could be really a way to help them to analyze their own simulation models, and their relationships with urban morphology. This talk presents different graphic and visual representations we are exploring in 2D or 3D, to allow meteo researchers to visually analyze and interpret the relations between physical simulated data and urban morphology. At the end, how could those scientific geovisualizations provide relevant information to stakeholders for a risk-based decision making?

Changing Demographics & Changing Modes of Spatial Learning: Extended Reality & What It Offers in our Understanding of the World

Arzu Çöltekin

Professor of Human-Computer Interaction & Extended Reality, Institute of Interactive Technologies, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). Research Affiliate, Seamless Astronomy Group, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Chair, ISPRS WG IV/9: Geovisualization, Augmented & Virtual Reality. Co-Chair, ICA Commission on Visual Analytics. Council Member, International Society of Digital Earth.

Arzu Çöltekin

Abstract: This talk connects two major changes we are experiencing in the current era: Fast-paced technological developments and aging population. While the developments in technology lead to changing modes of learning in general, and visuospatial learning in particular; changing demographics suggest that the any technology (including geovisualization solutions) should be carefully designed to include older people. Example research outcomes from empirical studies highlight the importance of both and the associated nuance regarding individual and group differences among humans.

Seeing is Believing? Trust & the Senses: Implications for Multisensory Mapping

Amy Griffin

Senior Lecturer, Geospatial Science, School of Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Chair, ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization.

Amy Griffin

Abstract: People tend to trust maps. If they see something depicted on a map, they tend to assume it exists and that the map accurately describes the feature. As an approach, cybercartography deploys multimodal and multisensory formats. Several authors working in the geovisualization tradition have also suggested the use of multiple sensory modalities. But are multisensory maps likely to be trusted in the same way as are maps that draw on vision only? In this work I explore the implications of what science tells us about how much and when we trust our non-visual senses for cybercartographic and geovisualization practice.

Seeing What's Missing in Geovisual Analytics

Anthony C. Robinson

Associate Professor of Geography & Director of Online Geospatial Education Programs, Penn State University, USA. Chair, ICA Commission on Visual Analytics.

Abstract: Spatial data are pervasive and expanding in scope and coverage all the time. We can now find spatial linkages in less-conventional sources like text, audio, and video. Sensor networks are emerging that leverage mobile phones as detection devices for a massive range of human and environmental factors. This spatial data deluge presents challenges to our ability to show everything in a meaningful manner. It also prompts us to engage with what might be missing, and to explore how we might make what is missing more evident to our users. In this talk I describe some of the challenges associated with crafting geovisualizations that would focus on elements of absence and missingness, highlighting examples from recent work to explore human activity and behavioral interventions intended to curb the global pandemic.

Preliminary Program (CET+1)

10:45-11:00 Marinos Kavouras Workshop Objectives & Plan
11:00-11:30 Amy Griffin Seeing is Believing? Trust & the Senses: Implications for Multisensory Mapping
11:30-12:00 Arzu Çöltekin Changing Demographics & Changing Modes of Spatial Learning: Extended Reality & What It Offers in our Understanding of the World
12:00-12:30 Sidonie Christophe Urban Climate Data Geovisualization
12:30-13:00 BREAK
13:00-13:30 Anthony Robinson Seeing What's Missing in Geovisual Analytics
13:30-14:00 Sébastien Caquard Atlascine: Mapping & Listening Stories Online
14:00-15:00 Discussion on Open Challenges, Future Goals & Cooperation


In order to attend the workshop, registration is required with a low fee.

Please note that it is not necessary to be registered for the main AGILE conference to be able to attend the workshop.


The workshop is an initiative of the research project "Cybercartographies: Developing Powerful Multimodal Geovisualization Instruments for Understanding & Communicating Geospatial Data - CYBERCARTO". The research project is supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (H.F.R.I.) under the “First Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects to support Faculty members and Researchers & the procurement of high-cost research equipment (Project Number: HFRI-FM17-2661).