Welcome to the website of the CartoGIS research group at the Department of Geography of Ghent University. In the CartoGIS research group, both fundamental and applied research on various aspects of cartography and geographical information science is conducted. Our research group focuses on five major research areas:
(1) data quality (e.g. quantifying spatial errors; using data quality indicators as a support for recognition of object changes in the update process; objective quality definition of cartographical representations);
(2) geographical information production, infrastructure, management and modelling (e.g. geographical information and cartography of World Heritage; fundamental and applied studies of map production and map production management);
(3) risk analysis (e.g. information processing on flood risk; risk analysis and use of geographical information in managing disasters and disaster control);
(4) analysis of moving objects (e.g. tracking of moving objects; modelling, representing, and reasoning about spatio-temporal information; cognition and linguistics of moving objects; time geography and accessibility analysis);
(5) historical cartography (e.g. analysis of the production methods of maps, especially in the 16th and 18th century; worldview in the past and the visualisation of it on maps).
The historical period often called the "Age of Discovery," when navigators set off on sea voyages to explore the far corners of the world, was also a golden age of cartography. The years 2012 and 2013 mark the 500th anniversaries of two milestones in the history of mapmaking: the birth of cartographer Gerardus Mercator in Rupelmonde, Belgium, in 1512, and the production by Ottoman cartographer Piri Reis of a world map in 1513.
In conjunction with these anniversaries, and also coinciding with the October 15-20 visit of a Belgian economic mission to Turkey under the auspices of Prince Philippe of Belgium, Bilkent University hosted an exhibition and symposium on these giants of 16th-century cartography.» Click here to read more.
Blog post Berdien Deroo 'First steps in the development of an international standard for 4D archaeological data' published on OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium).» Click here to read the blog post.
Call for papers for a special issue of International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS) on Space-Time Research in GIScience.» Click here to read the full announcement.
We would kindly like to ask for your cooperation on this survey about Bluetooth and privacy. We would like to know to what extent Bluetooth is being used and how you think about privacy. The rise of new technologies means new challenges for privacy, and we would like to get to know your opinion about this.
The survey consists of: a general part, a part about Bluetooth and a part about privacy. Each participant has a chance to win a Fnac-voucher!
This research is part of a masters’ thesis at Ghent University, Department of Geography. For questions concerning this research, feel free to contact Mathias Versichele (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interview with Nico Van de Weghe in "Ochtendpost Radio 2 Oost-Vlaanderen" (Belgian Radio) about Bluetooth-tracking on Light Festival in Ghent (24/01/2012, 6h40)» Click here to listen to the interview (.mp3; 5MB).
CartoGIS researcher Koen De Baets received the Best Paper Award for his scientific paper 'How Sustainable is Route Navigation? A Comparison between Commercial Route Planners and the Policy Principles of Road Categorization'.
» Click here for the official certificate.
"Het Liber Floridus in het STAM" (p.8-9) and "Verkeersinformatie nauwkeuriger dan ooit dankzij UGent en Be-Mobile" (p.30-31)
» Read the articles (in Dutch)
23/08/2011 - 26-08-2011
On 23-27 August 2011, the International Summer School on Moving Objects and Knowledge discovery was held at the Department of Geography (UGent). Participants of this four-day event included 30 students and 8 tutors from around the world. The Summer School focused on various aspects of spatio-temporal database design, movement pattern detection, tracking technologies, visualization of movement data etc...