Collectively Making a CartoBoK

Authors: Robert Roth*, UW-Madison
Topics: Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: cartography, visualization, education, body of knowledge
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge (BoK) is a reference on core competencies defining geospatial education, including its “CartoBoK” knowledge area on Cartography and Visualization. The original BoK was published in 2006 by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the University Consortium on GIScience (UCGIS) and comprised learning objectives for 329 topics organized into 10 knowledge areas, including 27 for the CartoBoK. I joined an initiative in 2016 to update the original CartoBoK to account for innovations in research, technology, and practice over the past ten years and to strengthen bridges among the existing CartoBoK, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). Several guiding organizational principles include: treating knowledge as fluid and situated rather than concrete and singular, investing heavily in voices of junior scholars and designers with senior scholars providing external review, promoting diversity and plurality while rejecting top-down processes that bestow knowledge curation to a small set of authorities, keeping content open, current, and community-driven, and making content useful for student, instructor, and professional audiences. In the presentation, I will describe the revised goals and format of the CartoBoK, discuss my own expectations for its evolution, and report on progress to-date. As the initial effort to repopulate the CartoBoK draws to a close in 2019, I also invite new ideas and contributors to ensure the CartoBoK continues to evolve with the shifting landscape of Cartography.

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