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Online Maps with APIs and Mapservices

Maps and the Internet Commission of the International Cartographic Association

Friday, November 19, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Orlando, FL

Online Maps with APIs and Mapservices

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9:00 Introductions and Overview - Michael Peterson & Georg Gartner

Morning Session: 15 minute presentations followed by 5 minutes for questions.

9:30 Multimedia Mapping on the Internet Using Google Maps API

Shunfu Hu, Department of Geography, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA


9:50 Technological underpinnings for visualizing and mapping social-network interactions

James O'Brien and Kenneth Field

Kingston University London, Centre for GIS, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 2EE, United Kingdom


10:10 Web Map Design for a Multipublishing Environment Based on Open APIs

Pyry Kettunen, L. Tiina Sarjakoski, Salu Ylirisku and Tapani Sarjakoski

Finnish Geodetic Institute, Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography

Masala, Finland


10:30-10:50 BREAK


10:50 Current trends in vector-based Internet mapping – a technical review

Christophe Lienert, Bernhard Jenny, Olaf Schnabel, and Lorenz Hurni

Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland.


11:10 WebGIS Systems for Planetary Data Access at the PDS Geosciences Node

J. Wang, D. M. Scholes, and K. J. Bennett

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis


11:20 Web Services to Thematic Maps

Otakar Cerba, Jachym Cepicky, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czechia


11:40 The GIS Behind iMapInvasives: the “Open Source Sandwich”

Georgianna Strode

Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC),

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida


12:10 Teaching Google Earth and Cartographic Concepts to College Students

Francis Harvey, Jennifer Kotting Department of Geography

University of Minnesota


12:30 – 2:15 Lunch


2:20 – 2:30 Community Mapping with Google Maps

Claire Ellul1, Hanif Rahemtulla2, Mordechai (Muki) Haklay1, Louise Francis3           

1Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, UK

2Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS), University of Nottingham, UK


2:30-2:40 Increasing map legibility by decluttering icons in online map-based mashup

Haosheng Huang and Georg Gartner

Institute of Geoinformation and Cartography, Vienna University of Technology


2:40-2:50 Towards Spatial Functionality Service with SVG API

Guobin CHI1  Yan LI1,2,

Spatial Information Research Center, South China Normal University1

School of Computer, South China Normal University2


2:50-3:00 Developing a mapping API for Dutch government websites

Edward Mac Gillavry (Webmapper), Thijs Brentjens (Geonovum), Haico van der Vegt (Kadaster)



3:00-3:10 Data Input Issues in Ubiquitous Mapping

Takashi Morita

Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan


3:10-3:20 Supporting users in creating maps from Web Map Services

Joerg Steinruecken

Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation, University of Bonn,

Meckenheimer Allee 172, 53115 Bonn

3:20-3:30 Deploying Services and Software Frameworks at the Geological survey of Norway

Sverre Iversen



3:30- 4:00 Summary & Future Plans



The Internet has been a major form of map delivery since the introduction of Mosaic, the first multimedia browser, in 1993. This workshop examines developments in Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs) for mapping and MapServices in general, including Google Maps API and similar services. The specific purpose of the meeting is to propose chapters for a new book to be published in 2011 by the Maps and the Internet Commission along with the Working Group on Open Source Geospatial Technologies of the International Cartographic Association

The symposium is scheduled for November 19, at the conclusion of the AutoCarto 2010 meeting in Orlando, Florida.  AutoCarto 2010 will take place November 15-18, 2010. You may decide to submit a paper for that meeting as well as for the symposium.

Important Dates

The following is the schedule of the submissions for the symposium:

August 1, 2010:  Submission of 200-word abstract.

August 30, 2010: Notification of abstract acceptance.

October 15, 2010: Submission of final 5000 word paper.

November 19, 2010: Presentation of paper at symposium.

January 15, 2011: Final submission of chapter for book.

Program Committee

The Program Committee consists of members of the Maps and the Internet commission. The Committee will be responsible for review of the abstracts and final papers.


AutoCarto 2010 and the Online Maps with APIs and Mapservices symposium will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel at the entrance to Universal Orlando. The exact location is indicated on the map.

Previous Publications of the Maps and the Internet Commission

Maps and the Internet (2003)

International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet (2008)

Have questions about Online Maps with APIs and Mapservices? Contact Maps and the Internet Commission of the International Cartographic Association

When & Where

Orlando, Florida
DoubleTree Hotel
5780 Major Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

Friday, November 19, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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Maps and the Internet Commission of the International Cartographic Association

The Maps and the Internet commission promotes multi-national cartographic research in order to solve scientific and applied problems related to web-based cartography. The commission attempts to enhance cartographic education related to the Internet. In addition, the commission promotes professional and technical standards for maps available through the Internet.

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