ICA/Esri Cartography Summit


I’m just back from Redlands California (Esri HQ) and 3 days of a “Cartography Summit.” This was a small meeting considering the future of cartography and mapping, divided into three topics: Data, Design, and Media. I gave a lightening talk on “Designing Geoprivacy in the Age of Big Data.”

There was great back channel on Twitter, and you can sort through the tweets there with hashtag #cartosummit. The talks were also livestreamed and recorded for later playback, and I think the slide decks will be available. They key tweeter was Stephen Smith, @themapsmith, so just check his TL for details.

Esri generally was discreet (this wasn’t an Esri-themed event after all), Jack dropped in occasionally, and it was nice to be in 85F (dry) weather for a few days.

Here we are!



3 responses to “ICA/Esri Cartography Summit

  1. The image above is striking in its apparent lack of underrepresented populations attending the summit. Your thoughts on how to encourage these groups to become a part of the discussion for the “future of cartography and mapping?”

    • Chris,

      Funny you should mention that. While there, I had a conversation with an attendee about the lack of women invitees. (One of the three keynotes, and three of the six lightening talks were by women.) I think this was all-too noticeable once we were there and looking around at each other (no list was distributed beforehand, for whatever reason!), and the picture obviously illustrates the lack of ethnic diversity as well. Having been to Esri/Redlands a couple of times I have to say that it is also an extremely monotone environment, but surely some more deliberate and imaginative thinking could have diversified the group. I will give them credit for being mindful about inviting younger members of the community, and in fact having three “young researchers” in special roles in the “unconference” part of the meeting. But in an era of efforts to highlight and oppose all-male panels for example, it probably wasn’t good enough. What does it take to be more mindful and attentive to fairness in panels, events, reviewers and so on, and who is responsible when the (statistically valid?) point is made that there isn’t enough diversity to draw from? Or is that too easy–there ARE people after all who are doing all sorts of great work. Perhaps when we’re in a position to invite or organize we exercise imagination and mindfulness we can increase inclusivity. Thanks for the comment.

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