Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People

Accessibility I

3505.1 - Mapping Norway – a method to register and survey the status of accessibility

Monday, July 3
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: Virginia C

The Norwegian mapping authority has developed a standard method for mapping accessibility mostly for people with limited or no walking abilities in urban and recreational areas. We choose an object-orientated approach where points, lines and polygons represents objects in the environment. All data are stored in a geospatial database, so they can be presented as web map and analyzed using GIS software. By the end of 2016 more than 160 municipal-ities are mapped using that method. The aim of this project is to establish a national standard for mapping and to provide a geodatabase that shows the status of accessibility throughout Norway. The data provide a useful tool for national statistics, local planning authorities and private users. First results show that accessibility is low and Norway still faces many challenges to meet the government’s goals for Universal Design.

Sven Michaelis

Senior engineer
Kartverket - Norwegian Mapping Authority

Sven Michaelis is currently the leader of the project "Register and Survey the Status of Accessibility in Norway". He works for the Norwegian Mapping Authority, which bears nationwide responsibility for geographical information, operates the national property registry and undertakes all property registration in Norway. Sven studied at the Technical University Dresden in Germany architecture, medicine and engineering sciences (Architect and Electronic engineer). He is living in Norway since 2000.

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Matthew T. Rice

Associate Professor
George Mason University

Dr. Matt Rice is an Associate Professor in the George Mason University Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, where he directs the Masters Program in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences. Dr. Rice is the President-Elect of the Cartographic and Geographic Information Society, and the Local Arrangements Chair for the 28th International Cartographic Congress. His research focuses on geocrowdsourcing, quality assessment, sonification, and accessibility. He is a supporter and participant in the ICA Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted Persons, led by Alejandra Coll Escanilla and Waldirene Ribeiro.

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