— 19th January 2018
The call for contributions is now open for the 2018 British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers joint conference, ‘Mapping Tomorrow’. The conference will be part of the UK Mapping Festival which will take place over the whole of the first week of September 2018 at various London venues, and will be jointly run will several partner geo/mapping organisations.
The formal conference presentation sessions will be held at the ILEC Centre, London on the 5th September 2018.
Call for contributions:
Submissions are invited for papers for the main conference sessions. Contributions should fit within the following themes:
- Mixed Reality
- Geo Data Visualization
- Community Mapping
- Accessible Maps
- Open Cartography
- Maps in the Capital
- Public Transport Mapping
- Geological Mapping
- Journeys and Vacations
Those interested in making a contribution to the conference should complete the following online form and submit by Friday 30 March 2018.
Each proposal is subjected to review against the following criteria:
- clarity of the proposal, and fit to themes;
- originality/innovation of the content of presentation or the approach;
- implications for the cartographic community;
- anticipated interest in the subject matter.
Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 20 April. Proposals for successful applications will be put on the conference website prior to the event. These will include the abstract, keywords, outline, plus any references deemed appropriate.
Please email email@example.com if you require a pdf version or any assistance.
— 31st October 2017
Geovation & Ordnance Survey are excited to announce that their 11th Geovation Challenge has launched today. In this unique competition, you can turn your bright ideas into serious business propositions to help create greener, smarter communities for future generations to live in.
Innovate UK and the Northumbrian Water Group are backing and sponsoring the challenge. They will also be assisting the team of experts on an intensive 3-day all-expenses paid Camp and Conference that will help those whose ideas have been identified as potentially having the greatest impact develop their ideas to the next stage whereby they’re ready to seek funding.
It doesn’t matter if you are eighteen or eighty, so long as your idea can help transform for the better the way we live. For that you will receive our backing and support to help turn that idea into a viable business. To find out more about the Challenge and to enter visit: https://geovation.uk/challenge/
The Challenge runs until 29 November 2017 and is open to UK-based organisations or residents, aged 18 or over. The Geovation Camp and Conference takes place in London in 14-16 February 2018.
— 25th October 2017
There were some excellent entries to this years BCS awards including the Paddler’s Guide to the Schuylkill River Water.
This map was commended in the Stanfords Award for printed mapping and this recognition has now been picked up by a couple of news outlets in the cartographers home country.
The judges comments "A thorough, usable guide for planning and executing a trip along the river – appeals to everyone with lots of associated information, clearly laid out, good clear photography and labels. Maps have all associated contextual information. A very useable guide. The map meets the intended use and portrays a lot of information to plan a river trip. Clear mapping. Good use of mapping within a wider setting – very much enhanced by the explanatory text. Large scale enables clear labelling and plenty of supplementary detail. Facilities clearly shown in individual boxes. Nice to see a drop shadow. Hillshading and drainage don’t always fit."
— 31st August 2017
— 13th July 2017
The Society is seeking to recruit a replacement for our current Restless Earth Coordinator to organise and support this very successful initiative. You will find the job description here. If you’re interested, please send an application letter and current CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 July 2017.
— 29th June 2017
135 Geographic Squadron, Royal Engineers, is an Army Reservist Unit (part time soldiers) that produce and supply geospatial support to the Armed Forces. We have a number of roles: Geospatial Information Dissemination (GID), survey, geospatial analysis/advice and bulk reproduction of mapping.
The Sqn recently supported operations in Afghanistan and continues to provide geo support to the Army, Defence and wider Government, and the multi-national Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), in support of the NATO Reaction Force for 2017.
We are holding a CPD/Open Day on 15 July, between 1300-1600 to demonstrate our capability and equipment. We are keen to extend an invite to you to learn about Army Geo and how we operate our mobile capability from the back of a lorry. Who knows you might want to join yourself! We are located in Ewell, near Epsom. KT17 2BG if you wish to find us using your SatNav.
If you are interested please contact 42ENGR-135SqnRSUSO@mod.uk for more details. It has been a while since we showcased our capability so please come and visit.
To find out more about 135 Geo Sqn RE visit the British Army’s website http://www.army.mod.uk/royalengineers/units/28731.aspx.
— 20th June 2017
— 16th June 2017
Published on behalf of the British Cartographic Society in support of its Better Mapping Campaign.
Covering the fundamentals of what actually works in map design, the new edition of our bestselling title has been updated and expanded to include sections on web mapping, thematic cartography, coordinate systems and datums.
Written, Illustrated and published by Giles Darkes, Cartographic Consultant and by Mary Spence MBE, one of the country's leading cartographic practitioners.
For more details and how to pre-order please click on this Link
— 14th June 2017
Registration for this years BCS/SoC conference is now open.
Entitled Maps for Changing Reality delegates from commercial, academic and government organisations will come together to share a common interest in using and promoting maps as a valuable means of communication.
To register and for more information please visit here.
— 2nd June 2017
CartoClinic is a simple way to get in touch and get help whether you are having problems with your GI or concerns with your cartography. Made up of Paul Naylor and Charley Glynn from the GeoDataViz team at Ordnance Survey, we can also call on industry experts from both within OS and from within the British Cartographic Society.
Maybe you have been working on a map or visualisation and you would like us to have a look or perhaps you have a question around how best to visualise a dataset you are using. Whatever your geo problem might be, we are here to help.
Drop us an email to email@example.com, or tweet us:
— 18th May 2017
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are looking for a Senior Interactive Content Lead at their offices in Fareham with a deadline of 31st May 2017.
ONS is committed to improving its product portfolio with a ‘digital first’ mantra. We are looking for people to join our award-winning team to lead the production of high quality data visualisation products. Our aim is to connect ONS data with its users in innovative, creative and effective ways.
The work of our team is used on various ONS channels including http://visual.ons.gov.uk & social media. It is also regularly used by the wider media in their story-telling, often reaching a wide and varied audience. The post-holder will work within an interdisciplinary team, including designers, data journalists, together with teams across ONS to generate ideas and translate these into engaging pieces of content. Think newsroom developer – if you have an interest in using visualisation (sometimes interactive) to enhance data storytelling then this could be the job for you.
For more information on the job and how to apply, click here.
— 3rd May 2017
Introducing Visual Deconstructions
Taking visualisations apart to understand how they were made
Have you ever looked at a map (or any data visualisation for that matter) and thought, I wonder how that was made? If so, then a new concept that the GeoDataViz team at Ordnance Survey are calling Visual Deconstructions, could help.
What is a Visual Deconstruction?
A visual deconstruction is a concept that allows them to record the styling rules for a given data visualisation. It is made up of a title, a description, a url where relevant, keyword tags, an image, plus the draw order and styling information for each layer of data from which it is compiled.
It is a form of documentation that allows you to quickly reference and recreate styling rules, as well as being able to share it clearly with others. It is also a great way to learn how something is made and therefore is a useful tool for someone designing their own visualisation.
For a better idea, here is a minified version of what a Visual Deconstruction looks like:
Our GeoDataViz team have been using Visual Deconstructions for a while now and find them really useful for documenting work in a visual manner. They allow for quick future reference and help ensure the consistent application of styles that can be shared with other teams too.
The title and description give the all important context and purpose. When trying to understand how a map or chart was made, it’s also important to know why, and who for (the audience). The list of layers then breaks the visualisation down to reveal each slice of data that makes it up – in the order in which they’re drawn. This mimics the layers in a GIS or graphic design software.
The styling rules for each layer of data are then laid out clearly. Data types include Points, Lines, Polygons, Text and Image (often used as a baselayer). Here is an example for each of the data types:
This example shows how we handle stacked or composite styles
You may notice that we don’t record the sizes of features such as line widths or font sizes. This is because they vary based on the software units, dimensions of the visualisation and/or map scales etc. The image itself should help you gauge the relative sizes of features if you are copying the styles.
In the future we will be hosting Visual Deconstructions on our website and hopefully they will prove to be useful resources. Once we have enough they will also serve as a gallery of our work.
We would love your feedback so please get in touch if you’re interested in this concept and let us know if you are already doing something similar.