Commission "Cartography and Research"
1. Propagating and promoting the scientific
positioning of Cartography and its self-conception to be the responsible discipline
for the communication of spatial data
there is the antagonism that Cartography is „in“, but cartographers are “out”:
On one hand, visualizations of spatial information experience an increasing
acceptance and importance in daily life (keywords: Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, maps
and navigation systems on mobile devices). On the other hand, it has to be
stated that educational programs in Cartography, in professional schools as
well as in universities, gain less and less weight or integrate more and more
in programs of other disciplines. Thus, there is the necessity to promote the
self-conception and the value adding role of Cartography to the (expert) audience
more offensive than so far.
2. Promoting the exchange over a huge
bandwidth of current research topics and initializing research co-operations
thematic foci of the Commissions of DGfK and International Cartographic Association
(ICA), one finds that a couple of ongoing topics are not considered in DGfK or
could not be easily integrated here. On the other hand, a survey undertaken by
the new Commission shows that actually a huge bandwidth of topics is very well
covered in German speaking countries. Hence, numerous people from universities,
public authorities and companies embraced the installation of an explicit platform
for exchange purposes which in ideal cases can also lead to fruitful co-operations.
Based on such
a broad and thematically not focused orientation – similar to the existing Commission
on “Applied Cartography and Geovisualization” – the new working group sees
itself as a cross-section Commission within DGfK. It is obvious that there are
overlaps to research topics of other Commissions; this is the reason why
co-operations to them will be actively searched and fostered.
3. Developing and promoting networks
with other disciplines
the thematic focus will be in the field of cartographic visualization, an
important task of the Commission will be to develop and to promote value adding
connections to other disciplines (like Psychology,
Semiotics, Information visualization, Journalism, Computer Science, Geoinformatics).
4. Strengthening of international
networking and improving the international visibility of Cartography in German
on the part of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) the desire was
expressed that the German and German speaking Cartography becomes more visible
in an international context – both, through taking over official functions
within ICA, and through more frequent publications in international journals. Thus,
an important goal will be the promotion of the publication activity, in
international journals as well as in the German Kartographische Nachrichten in order to increase its significance.
5. Acquiring new members for DGfK
accentuating the research component there will be a potential to acquire new
members for DGfK from universities, public authorities and companies.
© Kommission für
Kartographische Forschung (DGfK e.V.) 2011