New Map Medium Education - 23/08/2006
In the midst of a map-consumer delivery revolution, the ICA ‘Maps and the Internet Commission’ formed in 1999 continues its work analysing, developing, communicating and educating regarding this new medium. In doing so it makes use of a combination of conferences, symposiums and hands-on workshops.
Meetings have served to promote innovative research and the exchange of information associated with the distribution of maps and spatial data via the internet. Commission meetings since 2000 have focused on identifying key issues and defining a framework for research. Initial work culminated in the 2003 publication of Maps and the Internet, released as a 450-page paperback in 2006 (search at www.elsevier.com). Work on the second volume of the book is currently underway.
The commission has also held workshops throughout the world to promote the exchange of information about internet mapping among an international audience. These workshops, in either lecture or hands-on format, address the different methods of bringing maps and associated data to the internet and are arranged with the help of the host institution. Workshop instructors are commission chair Michael Peterson (http://maps.unomaha.edu/workshops/) or co-chair Dr Georg Gartner of the Technical University of Vienna in Austria.
Contact the commission chair at [email protected] if you would like to become a corresponding member of the commission and receive updates on commission activities. Please contact either commission chair or co-chair Georg Gartner at [email protected] if you would like to arrange a workshop.