BCSSoC Conference
Maps For Changing Reality

 

5th - 7th September 2017 · Durham

Tuesday 5th September

Pre-conference Special Interest Group Workshops & Talks

Time Session
09:00
Registration
09:30 - 12:45
Map Curator’s Group Workshop (morning)

09:30 - 09:50 MCG Registration

09:50 - 10:00 Welcome and Housekeeping

10:00 - 10:30 Peter Jolly, Retired “4000 Glass Negatives”

10:30 - 11:00 Daniel Irwin, GIS Manager of CrossRail
"Crossrail: A Map in the Making"

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee & Refreshments

11:30 - 12:00 Debbie Hall, Map Room, Bodleian Library
“How do I find a map? : Usability testing in the Bodleian Map Room”

12:00 - 12:30 Donna Sherman,
Special Collections Librarian, Maps, University of Manchester
“New subjects, new skills and 'getting them young': integrating map collections into University teaching activities”

12:30 - 12:45 Questions and Discussion followed by Lunch

 

The Map Curators’ Group (MCG) Workshop is part of the pre-conference programme of the British Cartographic Society – Society of Cartographers joint conference “Maps for Changing Reality”. Why not stay for that as well?

MCG Workshop Queries: aemt2@cam.ac.uk
or ann.m.sutherland@talk21.com

More Information about MCG:
www.cartography.org.uk/about/special-interest-groups/mcg

Early bird discounts of up to 10% are available until the 1st of August 2017 All are welcome. You do not have to be a member of the BCS, SoC or the MCG to attend!

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
13:22
BCS Golf Tournament
14:00 - 17:30
Map Curator’s Group Workshop (afternoon)

14:00 - 14:30 Paula Williams, Curator of Maps, Mountaineering & Polar Collections, National Library of Scotland “100,000 stories: using maps for creative inspiration”

14:30 - 15:00 Alex Kent, Reader in Cartography and Geographic Information Science at Canterbury Christ Church University, and BCS President "From Blandscape to Bruegel: Cartography and the Art of the Real"

15:00 - 15:15 Questions and Discussion followed by Tea till 16:00

16:00 - 17:30 The annual Business Meeting of the Map Curators' Group

 

The Map Curators’ Group (MCG) Workshop is part of the pre-conference programme of the British Cartographic Society – Society of Cartographers joint conference “Maps for Changing Reality”. Why not stay for that as well?

MCG Workshop Queries: aemt2@cam.ac.uk
or ann.m.sutherland@talk21.com

More Information about MCG:
www.cartography.org.uk/about/special-interest-groups/mcg

Early bird discounts of up to 10% are available until the 1st of August 2017 All are welcome. You do not have to be a member of the BCS, SoC or the MCG to attend!

14:00 - 17:00
BCS GIS Special Interest Group workshop
Run by Tom Timms, Verisk Analytics

Urban cartography in 3 and 4 dimensions
Join us for a hands-on, interactive mapping workshop looking at the challenges of representing modern, dynamic cities and exploring new ways of mapping urban space in two, three and four dimensions. Bring your own laptop* to make use of detailed UKMap data to create new and innovative cartography and take the opportunity to meet specific challenges and win prizes. (* laptop recommended but not essential)

What is covered?
The idea of the workshop is to discuss the increasing amounts of data available and the challenges ofpresenting this cartographically, using UK Map data as an example. For example, we have detailed building heights, and to a certain extent, 3 dimensional land-use information but this is difficult to portray. Similarly, we would perhaps like to show how an area has changed over time. We plan to discuss these challenges, demonstrate the data that is available, and then ask the delegates to come up with ideas. Delegates who bring their own laptop and software will be able to download a range of sample data sets on the day. There will be prizes for the best results.

Profile
Tom Timms has more than 30 years’ experience in digital mapping and GIS. He was studying at BIrkbeck College in London when the first ArcInfo licence was installed in the UK. He worked for anumber of mapping and GIS software suppliers in technical and commercial roles before joining the GeoInformation Group as Sales Director in 2015. Over the years he has worked with Government, Utility and commercial customers to deliver anumber of award winning solutions including for the Coal Authority, Northumbrian Water and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland.


 

16:00 - 17:00
Society of Cartographers Committee Meeting
16:00 - 17:30
The annual Business Meeting of the Map Curators' Group
17:00 - 17:45
Helen Wallis Memorial Lecture
From the Arctic to the Euston Road: Digital Maps at the British Library

Philip Hatfield, British Library

Dr Philip Hatfield provides a tour of how the British Library is working with various forms of digital maps from the institution’s historic and contemporary collections. Focussing on how recent work to digitise the Library’s Arctic mapping Hatfield will discuss how such projects contribute to the Library’s research and outreach, while considering the various ways in which these maps will be used and experienced in their new, digital forms. There will also be insights into how the Library is working to map collection metadata in meaningful ways and collect new digital map material for use in the Maps Reading Room.

Dr Philip Hatfield is Lead Curator for Digital Mapping at the British Library. Having graduated from Royal Holloway’s Department of Geography he has also worked on the Library’s Australasian, Canadian, Caribbean and U. S. Collections. He is also the author of the recent book, Lines in the Ice: Exploring the Roof of the World.

 

18:45
Exhibition Opening & Drinks Reception
19:30 -
Dinner
20:30 -

Quiz and Networking
Led by Steve Chilton & Alex Kent
and sponsored by

 

Wednesday 6th September

BCS & SoC Conference 2017

Time Session
09:00
Registration
09:00 - 12:45
Map Curator’s Group Visit

Visit to Durham Record Office, County Hall Durham.
• Numbers restricted
• Coach travel to be arranged, departing Redworth Hall Hotel
• returning in time for lunch (12.45pm)

You do not have to be a member of the SoC, BCS or the MCG to attend.

09:15 - 09:30
Welcome by BCS and SoC
09:30 - 10:30
Talks Session 1: Indigenous Mapping
Serendipitous reflections on Antipodean Cartography: imports to copying to self sufficiency
William Cartwright, RMIT University

A serendipitous narrative of Antipodean cartography’s journey from, consumer, to adopter to distinctive Antipodean cartography.This paper links to to the topic of ‘History of Mapping’. However, the treatment of the topic area is more from the perspective of map design and production, rather than from a traditional ‘Historical Cartography’ perspective.

Indigenous community GIS and cartography
Aliya Ryan, Digital Democracy

An overview of indigenous territory mapping in Ecuador and Mapeo, a new offline, open source GIS application. The talk will explore how both the software and special participatory techniques can turn the tables on traditional power structures in both map making and management of GIS data, empowering local communities to defend their lands.

11:30 - 12:00
Lightning Talks                    

Various

This is a chance for any corporate members and sponsors to get up and say a bit about who they are and what they do.

10:30 - 11:30
Refreshments and Icebreaker
12:00 - 13:00
Workshop Session 1
 
Tips on using MAPublisher
Led by Tim Rideout, XYZ Maps

Tips for using Avenza MAPublisher within Adobe Illustrator for making maps for all types of output, whether paper, PDF, HTML or image.

Adding an extra dimension: basemaps for modern GIS
Led by Nicholas Duggan & Elliot Hartley, Garsdale Design

With 3D GIS becoming more mainstream, we found that the standard basemap wasn't enough. So we tried something different. . This will include: Benefits of using 3D streaming buildings for basemaps. Mention ArcGIS Pro and use of Vertical Datum transformations. How the high availability streaming services allow for affordable 3D basemaps even for low bandwidth users. Expectation of realism within 3D (pros cons. )Visual familiarity Managing feature collision (3D issue) Further Considerations of 3D basemaps - Shadows, light and angle of view.

Using PopChange Raster data with RStudio
Led by Nick Bearman, Clear Mapping Co.

Learn how to compare 1km square gridded Census data for Great Britain (1971 - 2011); online using the PopChange web resource and on your desktop using RStudio, both free & open source resources

12:45 - 13:30
Lunch & Exhibition
13:45 - 15:00
Talks Session 2: Historical Mapping
Mapping Hull’s history in its year as UK City of Culture
Giles Darkes, Cartographic Consultant

The Historic Towns Trust has produced a historical map of Hull to celebrate its status as UK City of Culture, 2017. The city has changed economically and topographically hugely since the 1930s, and the talk looks at how the map’s editor and cartographer worked to best depict the city across the centuries.

A Clean Sweep: the Conservation of the Chimney Map
Claire Thomson, National Library of Scotland

This presentation will describe the work undertaken to conserve a seventeenth century map of the world, which was donated to the National Library of Scotland in very poor condition, and then gradually brought back to life through a series of complex treatments.

15:00 - 15:30
Refreshments & Exhibition
15:30 - 16:30
Talks Session 3: Current Affairs
The cartography of current affairs: a geopolitical perspective
Peter Vujakovic, Canterbury Christ Church University

Cartography in reportage of current affairs has tended to be focused, both in quantity and in the degree of complexity, on issues related to threat discourse and major conflicts. This paper uses twenty-five years of the presenters work on news media mapping to explore how maps inform popular geopolitics.

Fake Maps. Period.
Steve Chilton, Majoli Graphics & Ken Field, Esri Inc. Redlands UCA/ICA

Maps, like fake news in this changed reality, are everywhere. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are ugly. Some deliver alternative facts. This session takes an informal, sometimes irreverent, look at the maps we’ve seen this past year ahead of awarding the annual Gromit award for poor cartography.

16:30 - 17:30
Society of Cartographers AGM
18:30 - 19:00
Drinks Reception
19:00
Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremonies (see Awards page)
21:00 - 23:00
Ceilidh with the Real to Reel Ceilidh Band

Thursday 7th September

BCS & SoC Conference 2017

Time Session
09:00
Registration
09:15 - 09:30
Welcome by BCS and SoC
09:30 - 10:30
Talks Session 4: Topographic Mapping
It's a hill, get mapping it
Steve Chilton, Majoli Graphics

What may not be realised by a casual map user is how long ago some relief representation methods were devised. What even experienced map users (and maybe even cartographers) may not realise is that not only did the different techniques appear earlier than they may have thought, but also that they were not developed in the order that they might think.

The Great Lines
Karen Rann, Freelance

The Great Lines explores the history of the invention of contour lines. While there are many contenders for ‘first map’; my talk focuses on Charles Hutton, creator of the first with enough data (from a 1770’s survey of the mountain Schiehallion) to ‘accurately’ add contour lines to a map.

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop Session 2
 
Tips on using MAPublisher
Led by Tim Rideout, XYZ Maps

Tips for using Avenza MAPublisher within Adobe Illustrator for making maps for all types of output, whether paper, PDF, HTML or image.

Adding an extra dimension: basemaps for modern GIS
Led by Elliot Hartley & Nicholas Duggan, Garsdale Design

With 3D GIS becoming more mainstream, we found that the standard basemap wasn't enough. So we tried something different. . This will include: Benefits of using 3D streaming buildings for basemaps. Mention ArcGIS Pro and use of Vertical Datum transformations. How the high availability streaming services allow for affordable 3D basemaps even for low bandwidth users. Expectation of realism within 3D (pros cons. )Visual familiarity Managing feature collision (3D issue) Further Considerations of 3D basemaps - Shadows, light and angle of view.

Using PopChange Raster data with RStudio
Led by Nick Bearman, Clear Mapping Co.

Learn how to compare 1km square gridded Census data for Great Britain (1971 - 2011); online using the PopChange web resource and on your desktop using RStudio, both free & open source resources

11:30 - 12:00
Refreshments and Exhibition
12:00 - 13:00
Talks Session 5: Mapping our Planet
Geospatial support for UK polar operations in Antarctica
Adrian Fox, British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey provides operational support for almost all UK science in Antarctica, each year covering an area of Antarctica larger than Western Europe and involving five research stations, two ships and five aircraft. The paper highlights the key role for geospatial information in planning and executing this complex operation.

Map skills training in virtual landscapes
Clare Gordon, University of Leeds

The Virtual Landscapes project demonstrates how screen-based virtual reality terrains can augment training in map-related skills. We will show examples of the landscapes that we have developed and discuss how they have enabled our geoscience students to meet desired learning outcomes.

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch and Exhibition
14:00 - 15:00
Debate - What is a Map?
The motion: ‘This house believes that this image
is a diagram and not a map'

Chaired by William Cartwright RMIT University, Melbourne

For: Giles Darkes and Jim Goldsmith

Against: James Cheshire and Gary Gale

15:00 - 16:30
Talks Session 6: Data Visualization
Cartographic Design to GeoDataViz - An Evolution
Paul Naylor, Ordnance Survey

The Cartographic Design team at Ordnance Survey have undertaken a recent change and evolved into the new Geo Data Viz team or GDV for short. This presentation will outline why we have made this decision and why data viz plays an important role at Ordnance Survey.

Visualising Data: Exploring Digital Methods for Mapping and Visualising Interpretations of Cultural Heritage Sites
Isabel Williams, Newcastle University

This paper considers how digital mapping technologies can create unique ways of visualising quantitative and qualitative data. Using examples from research into people’s aesthetic responses to cultural heritage sites, it shows the potential and challenges of utilising such approaches, to communicate knowledge within and beyond commercial, academic, and governmental contexts.

Where does the map end and a visualisation start?
Gary Gale, Sterling Geo

Today we have access to a staggering breadth of data and mapping tools; anyone can make a map, regardless of whether they should. The same applies to data and visualisation tools. This talk will examine the point at which cartography meets and sometimes collides with visualisation and what happens when they do.

Gary Gale A self-professed geek and map addict, Gary has worked in the mapping and location space for over 25 years. Gary is currently consulting with Sterling Geo, helping the company build out their geospatial platform capabilities. Gary is also co-founder and director of Malstow Geospatial, a small consultancy firm offering bespoke consulting and services in the geospatial, geotechnology, maps and location based services fields.

Closing remarks


16:30
Refreshments and Conference Close

Programme is subject to change

AGI Royal Geographic Society with IBG

Attendance at this event can be used towards AGI Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and also towards achieving and maintaining the RGS Chartered Geographer (CGeog) status.

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The BCS-SoC Conference 2017 is organised by GeoAware, the training and events division of The GeoInformation Group.

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