Maptime Amsterdam

Maptime University

For Maptime University we invited three of the best professors in cartography. In this special edition of Maptime we provide you with lectures about maps, cartography and geo-visualization!

Free entrance!

So bring your questions, read into the literature, prepare to discuss and bring your full attention to this special edition of Maptime!


  • 17:00 Doors open: Bring your own dinner!
  • 18:00 Movement visualization
    Prof. dr. Menno-Jan Kraak will tell about the development and future trends of maps depicting movement, the spatial mobility of individuals, information and goods. He discusses the concepts, techniques and designs of movement maps, as well as current problems due to the huge amounts of available data.
  • 18:45 Map based visual story telling
    Dr. Robert Roth will explain about cartographic design as visual storytelling. What is a visual story map? Is every map a story map?
  • 19:30 Break
  • 19:45 Names on Maps 
    Prof. dr Ferjan Ormeling will tell us why maps without geographical names or labels are worthless. How do we get those names, why is it important to standardize them and how do we decide where to put name-labels on the map? 
  • 20:30 Time for drinks!
    Maptime is BYOB! After the lectures, there will be time for some drinks! Feel free to take your own drinks, beers or snacks to the Waag. Coffee and tea will be provided. Some drinks will be for sale at a small compensation.

About the speakers:
Menno-Jan Kraak is professor of Geovisual Analytics and Cartography at University of Twente, and head of ITC’s Geo-Information Processing Department. He wrote many publications on cartography and GIS, among the books “Cartography, visualization of geospatial data” (with Ormeling), and “Mapping time, illustrated by Minard’s map of Napoleon’s invasion into Russia 1812”. Currently Menno-Jan is President of the International Cartographic Association (2015-2019).

Robert Roth is assistant professor in cartography, geovisualization and geovisual analytics at the University of Wisconsin Madison. As a geographer, he view maps and map-based systems as tools to help solve complex problems that have a prominent geographic component.

Ferjan Ormeling was professor of cartography at Utrecht University and currently is a member of the Explokart Research Group at the University of Amsterdam. He chairs both the ‘Commission on Foreign Geographical Names’ of the Dutch Language Union and the ‘Advisory Commission on Geographical Names in the Netherlands’ of the Royal Netherlands Geographical Society. August 2017 he chaired the United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names in New York.

About Maptime AMS
Maptime Amsterdam is a monthly map hack night hosted by Waag. We meet once a month on a Wednesday at 18.30 to work on maps, learn about geospatial data, and teach each other the latest cartographic tools.

Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies.

This open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge offers intentional support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured: creating space for workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time.

Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, just hang out and socialize, or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning. So, why not do it together?

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Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam