|Jarke J van Wijk, Professor of Visualisation at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven|
Unfolding the Earth: Myriahedral Projections
The winning article appeared in volume 45 issue 1 of the Cartographic Journal and is titled “Unfolding the Earth: Myriahedral Projections” by Professor Jarke J van Wijk.
Jarke van Wijk's innovative paper outlined the form and construction of a new type of myriahedral map projection. In essence, he projected the globe onto a myriahedron which contained a large number of faces and whilst the projection contains a large number of interruptions, the resulting map is both conformal and conserves area. In addition to the novel research, Jarke's paper was of the highest quality in terms of reporting the original research and the stunning illustrations of various forms of his projection provided an excellent visual commentary.
Unfortunately Jarke is working in Germany at the moment but he has sent these words of thanks:
'I am very proud that my work was honoured with this award, and I consider this as an absolute highlight in my career. I must confess that I am just an amateur in cartography - my core business is data visualization. I have a very high respect for cartography, with its tradition of thousands of years of research and craftmanship, and it is an important inspiration for many in the visualization field. Obtaining this award from the leading society in cartography is, again, an absolute highlight for me'
In Jarke's absence Mr. William Cartwright, The ICA President, received the award on his behalf from Mr. Ken Field, The Cartographic Journal Editor.