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3709.1 - Fictional Volunteered Geographic Information in Dream Cartography

Monday, July 3
4:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Harding

In the field of fictional and literary geography, the spatial information is conveyed through the power of words by one person: the author of the novel, or, in the case of Dream Cartography, by the dreamer. In this regard, the acquisition of geographic information differs conceptually from the geography of the real, physical world. This offers new possibilities for engaging in the production of volunteered geoinformation. With the right tools available, the collaborative spatialization of dreams gives birth to a new category of Volunteered Geographical Information, namely a fictional VGI. We argue that not only the dreamer, but also a third party may contribute to fictional geography by making a visual interpretation of the original content published by the dreamer. The social aspect of volunteering is discussed in both VGI and F-VGI, and other possible sources of information are mentioned, which may be used for translating spatially-connected dream information into geoinformation. We illustrate our judgements with data from an experimental study on dream locations. The participants to the study rated their awareness of the dream setting in their dreams, stated which elements are helping them to recognize a place in their dreams and estimated the frequency of their dreams happening in different personally important places. This study is relevant for the fictional VGI, as it directly deals with the spatial dimension of dreams.

Cristina M. Iosifescu Enescu

PhD Student
Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich

Cristina M. Iosifescu-Enescu is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She graduated with a Diploma in Geodesy at the Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest in 2003 and a MSc in Psychology at the University of Zurich in 2016. Her research interests focus on Dream Cartography, graphical user interfaces for Web Cartography and the Cognitive Theory of Dreams.


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Lorenz Hurni

Prof. Dr.
ETH Zurich, Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation

Lorenz Hurni has been Associate Professor of Cartography and director of the Institute of Cartography at the ETH Zurich since November 1996 (Full Professor since October 2003). The emphasis of Hurni's research lies in cartographic data models and tools for the production of printed and multimedia maps. Another focus of research covers interactive, multidimensional multimedia map representations. Under his lead, the prizewinning multimedial "Atlas of Switzerland", commissioned by the Federal Council, as well as the "Swiss World Atlas", the official Swiss school atlas, commissioned by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education, are being developed.


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