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Bertin’s Sémiologie Graphique @ 50 – I

6603.2 - Mapping the world

Thursday, July 6
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Virginia A

United Nations Secretariat activities, mapping began in 1946, and by 1951, the need for maps increased and an office with a team of cartographers was established. Since then, with the development of technologies including internet, remote sensing, unmanned aerial systems, relationship database management and information systems, geospatial information provides an ever-increasing variation of support to the work of the Organization for planning of operations, decision-making and monitoring of crises. However, the need for maps has remained intact. This presentation aims to highlight some of the cartographic representation styles over the decades by reviewing the evolution of selected maps by the office, and noting the changing cognitive and semiotic aspects of cartographic and geographic visualization required by the United Nations. Through presentation and analysis of these maps, the changing dynamics of the Organization in information management can be reflected, with a reminder of the continuing and expanding deconstructionist role of a cartographer, now geospatial information management experts.

Ayako Kagawa

Geographic Information Officer
United Nations

Ayako Kagawa is a Geographic Information Officer at the United Nations Geospatial Information Section (formerly Cartographic Section). Responsible for cartographic and geographic support to the United Nations Secretariat and Security Council, and providing technical advice and research on international boundaries, and assisting Member States achieving their global geospatial visions through the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management.

Gullaume Le Sourd manages projects on global international boundaries and sovereignty issues, Second Administrative Level Boundary (SALB), and authoritative geographic names. Provides guidance and clearance for publication of maps as per ST/AI/189/Add.25/Rev.1, Secretariat services to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and carto/geospatial services for the Secretariat

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Guillaume Le Sourd

Geospatial Information Section
United Nations Geospatial Information Section

Geospatial Information Officer at the United Nations Geospatial Information Section (formerly Cartographic Section). Provision cartographic and geospatial information support for the needs of the Security Council, for the official reports of the Secretary General, and for the UN Secretariat; Management of the boundary database including international and administrative boundaries (SALB project). Previously also worked as GIS Officer in the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs of the UN Secretariat on maritime boundary issues.

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Alan M. MacEachren

Professor of Geography
Penn State University

Alan M. MacEachren is Professor of Geography, Affiliate Professor of Information Sciences & Technology, and Director of the GeoVISTA Center at the Pennsylvania State University. MacEachren’s research foci include: geovisual analytics, cartography, geovisualization, geographical information retrieval/geoparsing, visual semiotics, spatial cognition, human-centered systems, user-centered design, geocollaboration. He is author of How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization and Design and Some Truth with Maps, as well as co-editor of additional books and journal special issues. He chaired the ICA Commission on Visualization (1999-2005). MacEachren is an Honorary Fellow of the ICA (2005) and was elected as a Fellow of AAAS in 2014.

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