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International Conference Cartographic Challenges - movement, participation, risk



introduction 1st session 2nd session 3rd session 4th session manifesto

The conference gravitates towards three reflections: movement, participation and risk.

  • Movement Cartography - This deals with the necessity to think about how to represent movement using topological metrics. Far from considering its most obvious and common meaning - i.e. dislocation of people and things - movement is intended in its highest meaning - i.e. as a generating source, energy - able to assume a multiplicity of configurations which cannot be reduced to a static form but can be defined in its own dynamism.
  • Participatory Mapping - Our aim is to analyse the role of participatory mapping in pointing out identity values of a specific landscape as a stake in negotiation processes. At the same time we want to investigate the development and the diffusion of Geographic Information Technologies thanks to the interactive processes promoted by the web - such as Public and Participatory GIS, and the last generation of «WikiGIS». They both promote the collective processes of thinking and decision making and they are also understandable by non-expert people who, theref, can be involved.
  • Cartography of risk – This issue concerns decision support systems (DSS) that are able to communicate risks and face emergencies in extremely difficult conditions. The aim is to face the subject of including maps inside these systems as a symbolic operator able to intervene actively in the decision making process characterized by urgency and criticality.

Computerization and the World Wide Web have undermined the assumptions involved in the creation of maps. This makes us wonder whether we are in front of a crisis of the "cartographic reason" or, rather, in front of a metric metamorphosis, which does not concern its iconizing result. As a matter of fact, the cartographic scenario shows a fragmentation of agencies producing maps and this discourages any claim to intervene technically by coding a multiplicity of languages or existing systems of construction. So, in order to think about the communicative results of multimedia maps, we consider of the utmost importance to define them from a semiotic point of view as hybrid systems.

We want to focus on globalisation that has radically changed the areas of communication, ideas, and scientific and artistic culture, making us re-think and re-conceptualise the idea of space and how it can be transmitted cartographically. As a matter of fact, maps are intended to represent types of space – i.e. space formed by net - like assets - which require metrics able to point out a dimension of flexibility and to reproduce not only the dynamics of exchange, but also the pluralism of individuals involved and the time factor in the problem-solving of risky situations.

In these contexts, maps are called to play a role in the management of complex realities, like urban ones. There is a need of cartographic instruments able to represent mobile citizens and inhabitants whose existences are based on movement. These city-users become a complex of individuals which, according to their own interests, need to be involved in urban management practices and in decision making processes through different kinds of governance practices.


Programme and Schedule

Thursday, April 23rd
First session - Cartographic Challenges

  • 9.00 a.m. Conference opening and welcome speech
    ROBERTO BRUNI, Mayor of Bergamo
    BRUNO CARTOSIO, Dean of the Facolty of Foreign Languages, University of Bergamo
    GEORG GARTNER, Vice-President of the International Cartographic Association
    FRANCO SALVATORI, President of the Italian Geographical Society
    ALBERTO DI BLASI, President of the Association of Italian Geographers

  • 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. THEORY AND APPLICATION - coordinator: EMANUELA CASTI
    JACQUES LÉVY, Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne A Cartographic Turn? Brigdging the Gap Between Space-Thinking and Space-Mapping
    STÉPHANE ROCHE, Laval University The wikification of participatory mapping processes
    HORST KREMERS, CODATA-Germany Situation and its change

  • 11.30 – 11.45 a.m. Break

  • 11.45 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Debate
    With the contribution of: GIUSEPPE DEMATTEIS, Polytechnic of Turin; FRANCO FARINELLI, University of Bologna; MICHEL LUSSAULT, Normal Superior School of LSH of Lyon, GIORGIO MANGANI, Polytechnic University of the Marche



Thursday, April 23rd
Second Session - Exposition and workshops opening

  • 2.30 – 4.00 p.m.
    Multimedia products:
    L. HURNI, M. KUNZ, C. LIENERT, Institute for Cartography, ETH Zürich
    MARINA ZAMBIANCHI, Municipality of Bergamo
    F. BURINI, A. GHISALBERTI, Diathesis Cartographic Laboratory, University of Bergamo
    Poster:
    IGM Military Geographical Institute, Florence
    SEA Consulting Engineering Geology, CESRAM, CNR-IRPI, Turin
    West Virginia State GIS Technical Center, West Virginia University
    Chôros Laboratory, EPFL – Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne
    Diathesis Cartographic Laboratory, University of Bergamo

  • 4.00 – 6.30 p.m. WORKSHOPS IN PLENARY SESSION
    Invited coordinators end speakers:
    THIERRY JOLIVEAU, University Jean Monnet of Saint-Etienne
    ALBERTO SUSINI, Geneva Labor Inspectorate
    ANDRÉ OUREDNIK, Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne
    Debate



Friday, April 24th
Third Session - Parallel workshops

1. MOVEMENT CARTOGRAPHY
coordinator: ALESSANDRA GHISALBERTI
  • 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. - promoter JACQUES LÉVY
    interventions:
    ALBERTA BIANCHIN, University IUAV of Venice
    LUISA CARBONE, Italian Geographical Society
    ALESSANDRA GHISALBERTI, University of Bergamo
           11.00 - 11.15 a.m. Break
    GIANCARLO MACCHI, University of Siena
    EDOARDO BORIA, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
    ANDREA MASTURZO, Military Geographical Institute, Florence


2. PARTICIPATORY MAPPING
2a. Planning Cartography - coordinator: FEDERICA BURINI
  • 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. - promoter STÉPHANE ROCHE
    interventions:
    FRANCA BALLETTI, University of Genoa
    RICCARDO PALMA, CHIARA OCCELLI, Polytechnic of Turin
    MAGALI NONJON, ROMAIN LIAGRE, University of Avignon and University of Artois
    PIERRE MAUREL, YANN BERTACCHINI, CEMAGREF and University of Toulon Var
           11.00 - 11.15 a.m. Break
    SYLVIE LARDON, INRA-AgroParisTech-ENGREF, UMR-Métafort, Clermont-Ferrand
    ALBERTUS HADI PRAMONO, University of Hawaii
    PHILIPPE FORET, University of Nottingham
    LUCIA ZANETTICHINI, Polytechnic of Milan
    FEDERICA BURINI, University of Bergamo
2b. Web Participation - coordinator: THIERRY JOLIVEAU
  • 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. - promoter STÉPHANE ROCHE
    interventions:
    FRANCESCO FASSI, FEDERICO PRANDI, Polytechnic of Milan
    TAMARA BELLONE, ANTONIO CITTADINO, FRANCESCO FIERMONTE, Polytechnic and University of Turin
    FRED McGARRY, Centre for Community Mapping, Waterloo
           11.00 - 11.15 a.m. Break
    GEORG GARTNER, MARKUS JOBST, Technical University Wien and Austrian Federal Agency for Metrology and Surveying


3. CARTOGRAPHY OF RISK
coordinators: ALBERTO SUSINI, PIERO BOCCARDO
  • 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. - promoter HORST KREMERS
    interventions:
    PIERO BOCCARDO, Polytechnic of Turin
    WALTER DAVID, Italian Ministry of Defence
    A. OLIVEIRA TAVARES, J. M. MENDES, SUSANA FREIRA, University of Coimbra
    GREG ELMES, West Virginia University
           11.00 - 11.15 a.m. Break
    LORENZ HURNI, MELANIE KUNZ, CHRISTOPHE LIENERT, Institute for Cartography, ETH Zürich
    ELIANE PROPECK-ZIMMERMANN, THIERRY SAINT-GERAND, University of Caen Basse Normandie
    OLIVIER LOMPO, University of Bergamo
    MARION PENELAS, EDUARDO CAMACHO-HUEBNER, VALÉRIE NOVEMBER, Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne


Friday, April 24th
Fourth Session - The Stakes

  • 2.30 – 6.30 p.m. Closing speech by ALBERTO CASTOLDI, Rector of the University of Bergamo

    ROUND TABLE coordinator: GIUSEPPE DEMATTEIS, Polytechnic of Turin
    interventions: FRANCO FARINELLI, University of Bologna; JACQUES LÉVY, Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne; MICHEL LUSSAULT,ù Normal Superior School of Letters and Human Sciences of Lyon; and the workshop reporters

    Contributions to the debate: STÉPHANE ROCHE, HORST KREMERS

    Conclusions: Perspectives in progress, EMANUELA CASTI, University of Bergamo


Manifesto

Manifesto (English)