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From Templates to Novelty

5709.2 - Map templates in European research program: emerging consensus, without compromising cartographic innovation.

Wednesday, July 5
4:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: Harding

Maps are produced to represent geography and spatial organization of natural or human features. They deliver spatial forms where each graphic object have its influence and can change the perceived message. The cartographic realization participates to the geographical analyzes and helps their memorization. Adding innovation to this achievement ensures a perception and understanding of the scientific information delivered. The question is to un-derstand what innovation is, when we speak about cartography. The underpinnings of the design and delivery of these representations are surely linked to developments in theory and technology applied to the geosciences, but not only. The purpose of this paper is to offer some ideas on the influence of an institutional framework on innovation and the relevance of a cartographic realization. Based on the example of the cartographic models construction in the framework of the research projects financed by the ESPON (European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion) Programme, we try to show how a framework that is too strict and fixed upstream of cartographic design can lead to a homogeneous and stereotyped production, without innovation or simply cartographic originality. In conclusion, we show how a close negotiation between funders and cartographers can help to evolve the cartographic scheme in place. Several proposals are put forward.

Ronan Ysebaert

Data anlysis and cartography Ingeneer
UMS RIate- Université Paris Diderot

Engineer (University Paris Diderot) within the Interdisciplinary Network for European Spatial Planning (UMS RIATE). Involved in several projects of the ESPON program, DG REGIO and European Parliament which brings together scientific experts and political decision-makers from across the European Union, he has participated for 8 years in a dozen research projects at European scale (ESPON Database, ESPON M4D, Shrinking regions). His work focuses in two main orientations : management of European research projects and database creation, statistics, spatial analysis and cartography. Expert of European and World databases produced by several institutions (Eurostat, OCDE, United Nations, World Bank, National Statistical Institutes).

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Christine Zanin

Associate Professor and researcher
Unversité Paris Diderot UFR GHES UMS Riate

Lecturer in geography and cartography (specialized in semiology) at the University Paris Diderot, researcher at the Laboratoire Géographie-Cités of Paris, Christine Zanin conducts research in cartography. She is particularly interested in the link between semiology and spatial development. and interested in analysis and visualization of statistical and qualitative data in the context of decision making. She is actively involved in various research projects concerning European spatial planning. She participates in the design and implementation of interactive web mapping atlas ‘AIRE’ which has received the 2009 Diderot Innovation Award issued by University Paris-Diderot for the innovative projects of the year.

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Jenny Marie Johnson

Map and Geography Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jenny Marie Johnson is Map and Geography Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has previously served as map and geography librarian at the University of Washington and Clark University. Besides cartography textbooks, Jenny is interested in the early 20th century Good Roads Movement.

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