President of the International Cartographic Association, Austria

Prof Georg Gartner

Georg Gartner is a Full Professor for Cartography at the Vienna University of Technology. He holds graduate qualifications in Geography and Cartography from the University of Vienna and received his Ph.D. and his Habilitation from the Vienna University of Technology. He was awarded a Fulbright grant to the USA and several research visiting fellowships. He was Dean for Academic Affairs for Geodesy and Geoinformation at Vienna University of Technology. He is Editor of the Book Series “Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography” by Springer and Editor of the “Journal on LBS” by Taylor & Francis. He serves currently as President of the International Cartographic Association


Modern Cartography

Cartography is seen by many as facing a change of paradigms currently, triggered by technological challenges. As a result of innovative technologies it becomes considerable, that cartographic communication processes can be realized which deliver user-tailored information to a specific user everywhere (“ubiquitous”) and anytime.

This keynote reviews the enormous diversity of fundamental questions which are appearing in modern cartography based on new technologies. It argues that a theoretical fundament is necessary to be able to define the core elements of a discipline. The role of international efforts in this respect is discussed and will be highlighted. By discussing the existing Research and Development in Cartography and in related disciplines the vision of a contemporary, modern, innovative, attractive domain of Cartography relevant for more humans then ever is discussed.