• ACM Siggraph Carto Project ( http://www.siggraph.org/~rhyne/carto/),
• International Cartographic Association's Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments ( http://www.kartografie.nl/icavis/), and
• Web3D Consortium's X3D GeoSpatial Working Group ( http://www.web3d.org/x3d/workgroups/geospatial/).
• the activities that contribute toward geovisualization—such as using open formats and developing interactive online tools for demonstrating ideas—can help facilitate the cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration that is required;
• new cartographic possibilities for innovative, dynamic representations are developing as we take advantage of techniques from other disciplines and expand into multimodal, haptic, and multisensory interfaces to our geospatial data; and
• however technically sophisticated they become, our digital maps must be grounded in appropriate theory and evaluated through experimental frameworks that allow us to begin to comprehend the effects and utility of techniques that are evolving.
Theresa-Marie Rhyne is the director of the Center for Visualization and Analytics in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. In 1996, she founded the ACM Siggraph Carto Project that she continues to direct. In addition, she is also a member of the International Cartographic Association's Commission on Visualization and Virtual Reality. Rhyne is the editor of the Visualization Viewpoints department of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications and serves on the magazine's editorial board. She is a senior member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society. Rhyne has the degree of Engineer (post-master's degree) in geotechnial—civil engineering from Stanford University. Contact her at email@example.com.
Alan MacEachren is the 2004–2007 E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller professor of geography and director of the GeoVISTA Center at Pennsylvania State University. He also directs the new North-East Regional Visualization & Analytics Center. MacEarchren's research interests include geovisualization, geocollaboration, interfaces to geospatial information technologies, human spatial cognition as it relates to use of those technologies, human-centered systems, and user-centered design. He served as chair of the International Cartographic Association Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments and was named honorary fellow of that organization in 2005. He was also a member of the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board Committee on the Intersections Between Geospatial Information and Information Technology and of the National Visualization and Analytics Center R&D Agenda panel. He is an IEEE Computer Society member. MacEachren has a PhD in geography from the University of Kansas. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Dykes is a senior lecturer in geographic information at City University London with research interests in computer cartography and geovisualization. He has developed a number of software applications including cdv and panoraMap and published research papers on dynamic cartography. He sits on the editorial board of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. He is a member of the British Cartographic Society and the ICA Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments. He is a National Teaching Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Dykes has a PhD in geography from the University of Leicester. Contact him at email@example.com.