Jana Moser, Natalia Ipatow / until July 2017: Malte Reißig, Tom Hoyer
Knowledge Media Research Center / Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), Tübingen
05/2014 – 04/2018
Dr. Jana Moser
Tel: +49 341 600 55-133
The Production and Use of Maps in New Media Worlds
Cartography has been a discipline of experts for a long time. Nowadays everyone is able to produce, use and spread maps because of internet and free software products. Prosumers (consumer + producer) that aren’t professional map makers produce a majority of the maps available on the internet. Against this background the project is concerned with so far scarcely asked questions about the form and handling of maps in the virtual world:
The project’s approach is interdisciplinary and user-oriented. In cooperation with Geographers, Cartographers, Communication, Information and Cultural Scientists as well as Cognitive Psychologists it analyses the fundamental change in the relation between science and society that the development of new, digital media entailed. Compared to other new means of communication like blogs and wikis maps are a special and complex medium representing imaginations of our surrounding and the world that has a similar effect as photographs have. Over many decades maps and map-like illustrations served as a visual medium with a potentially exceedingly high information density. Because of their culturally accepted state of mediating the truth maps are powerful instruments of social communication – regardless of who’s their author.
The results of this research are expected to contribute to a further development of the pragmatic resp. social dimension of cartographic theory. In addition tools for mapping and for critical faculties concerning the medium map are to be offered. Another scientific objective lies in new perspectives on processes of exchange of competence between social and scientific modes of knowledge production.
Ipatow, Natalia / Harvey, Francis (2017): How do prosumers use graphical variables on webmaps to communicate? In: Proceedings of AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Wageningen (PDF)
Moser, Jana / Koslitz, Sebastian (2016): Pins or Points?—Challenges in Producing Cartographically Appealing Webmaps within an Editorial Environment for LiD Online. In: Gartner, Georg F. / Jobst, Markus / Huang, Haosheng: Progress in Cartography. Springer Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, S. 83–98
Hoyer, Tom (2016): On the Question of How Web 2.0 Features Support Critical Map Reading. In: GI_Forum 2016, Vol. 1, S. 295-301. DOI: 10.1553/giscience2016_01_s295 (pdf)
Moser, Jana / Ipatow, Natalia / Hoyer, Tom / Harvey, Francis (2015): Interdisciplinary Analysis of Prosumer Map-making: Developing a Critical Understanding of Map-use. In: Proceedings of AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science (pdf)
Moser, Jana / Ipatow, Natalia / Hoyer, Tom (2015): Good Map – Bad Map. Interdisciplinary analysis of collaborative mapmaking by prosumers. In: Proceedings of ICC 2015, Rio de Janeiro (abstract / pdf)
Ipatow, Natalia (2015): Analytische Identifikation von graphischen Variablen in kartographischen Webanwendungen. „Nutzerstudien in der Geovisualisierung“ DGfK, HCU Hamburg (PDF)
Software / Tools