SVG Open / Carto.net
Developers Conference

Zurich, Switzerland - July 15-17, 2002


Press Information and Sponsoring

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SVG.Open/Carto.net 2002 is a conference on interactive vector-based webgraphics, online-GIS and webmapping. It is the first SVG developers conference and will be held in Zurich from July 15. to 17. SVG is a vector-graphics standard, defined by the World Wide Web Consortium that allows interactivity, scripting and animation. Target audience are SVG developers, web-designer, cartographers and GIS specialists. The conference is organized by ETH Zurich and Zurich University as well as the World Wide Web Consortium. More information at http://www.svgopen.org/.

A slightly longer version on the conference for the press

SVG.Open/Carto.net 2002 is a conference on interactive vector-based webgraphics, online-GIS and webmapping. It is the first SVG developers conference and will be held in Zurich from July 15. to 17. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is an emerging W3C standard describing integrated 2D vector graphic objects, text and raster images. SVG fits well into the future XML-based web-infrastructure defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), allows event-based interactivity, scripting and animation. Due to SVG's high quality, flexibility and extensibility it qualifies as a base technology for a large number of graphic-based applications, thus enabling the web with a new level of interactivity and graphical quality. Though the main focus of the conference is on developing SVG graphics in general, one focal point will be on SVG and mapping. The SVG developer conference targets at SVG developers, Web-Designers, web-developers with needs on data-driven graphical applications, cartographers and GIS-specialists. The conference is organized by ETH Zurich (Institute of Cartography, WebOffice), Zurich University (Department of Geography, WebOffice) and the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). More information and registration can be found at http://www.svgopen.org/.

About SVG

SVG is an XML-based vector graphics standard defined by the W3C consortium. It is designed to be interactive (event-based) and allows scripting. Because SVG is fully transparent to the DOM (a hierarchical Document Object Model) every single element, attribute and property within the SVG graphics may be changed with scripting or programming. The complete DOM-Tree and its ordering may be manipulated at runtime, including deleting and adding objects. A tight integration with W3C styling standards "CSS" and "XSL" allows a centralized control of SVG graphics look and feel. SVG is also well integrateable with other XML-based W3C standards, such as SMIL, XSLT, XLINK, XPTR, XML-NS and others. The SMIL-integration for every element, attribute and property of the graphics to be animated. Because SVG is text/xml-based it can be easily used for data-driven visualization.

SVG may be used for the following purposes and applications:

The W3C Consortium defines SVG in its specification as follows

SVG is a language for describing two-dimensional graphics in XML [XML10]. SVG allows for three types of graphic objects: vector graphic shapes (e.g., paths consisting of straight lines and curves), images and text. Graphical objects can be grouped, styled, transformed and composited into previously rendered objects. The feature set includes nested transformations, clipping paths, alpha masks, filter effects and template objects.

SVG drawings can be interactive and dynamic. Animations can be defined and triggered either declaratively (i.e., by embedding SVG animation elements in SVG content) or via scripting.

Sophisticated applications of SVG are possible by use of a supplemental scripting language which accesses SVG Document Object Model (DOM), which provides complete access to all elements, attributes and properties. A rich set of event handlers such as onmouseover and onclick can be assigned to any SVG graphical object. Because of its compatibility and leveraging of other Web standards, features like scripting can be done on XHTML and SVG elements simultaneously within the same Web page.

About SVG.Open Conference

The "SVG.Open" Conference is the first SVG-Developers conference worldwide. It tries to bring together SVG and XML specialists, Web-Designers, GIS-specialists, cartographers and all people interested in using SVG for web-applications. The presentations and workshops will be complemented by a technical exhibition that shows commercial svg-implementations and open-source projects dealing with svg content creation, svg-viewer, conversion and code-optimization. Though the main focus is on SVG and interactive graphics in general one focal point will be on the use of SVG for webmapping, Online-GIS and Location based services.

About the organization committee

W3C - World Wide Web Consortium

The "World Wide Web Consortium" (W3C) - founded in 1994 - links together research institutions, companies, universities and open-source communities to define future Web-Standards and protocols and ensure their interoperability. It has more than 500 member institutions, offices in ten countries worldwide and about 70 employees from around the world. Over the last five years the consortium published more than 35 technical specifications and guidelines on the web-architecture and its components. The mission is to promote interoperability and provide an open forum for discussion in order to meet the growing expectations of web-users and the increasing power of machines connected to the web. W3C's technologies will help make the Web a robust, scalable, and adaptive infrastructure for a world of information.

Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich

The Institute of Cartography was founded in 1925. It is the oldest cartographic university-institute worldwide. It contributes to the high reputation of "Swiss cartography" with teaching and research activities. The institute is regarded a competence center for interactive atlas information systems and topographic maps, incl. mountain-cartography. Currently the institute employs more than 20 cartographers, geographers and GIS specialists involved in different teaching activities and research projects. Members of the Institute contribute to the international cartographic community with their active participation in different commissions of the "International Cartographic Association" (ICA). The institute uses SVG for interactive web-based mapping projects and for teaching purposes.

Department of Geography, Zurich University

The Department of Geography in Zurich is the largest Geography Department in Switzerland and offers a wide range of teaching and research facilities. It is divided into six divisions, amongst them a competence-center in remote-sensing and GIS. It offers students a sound education in geographic visualization techniques and geographic analysis. Research activities of the GIS division include "Environmental Data Management", "Digital Terrain Modelling" and "Cartographic Visualization" (incl. automated map generalization). The division chairs the "Commission on Map Generalization" of the International Cartographic Association. SVG is used for visualizing geographic data and the results of generalization processes.


carto.net is a non-commercial, international project supporting efforts of individuals and organizations in publishing interactive maps on the web. It features articles, tutorials and examples as well as a discussion mailing-list on using SVG for webmapping purposes. The project also tries to publish webmapping-related student-works (semester work, master thesis, PHD thesis, etc.) thus ensuring their longer availability and a larger audience worldwide. It also tries to be a forum and offers web-space for cartographers that after leaving teaching and research institutions still want to publish geo-cartographic data or projects they had been working on earlier. Carto.net was founded in 2000 by Andréas M. Winter and Andreas Neumann and is currently hosted at the Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich.

About Sponsoring

The conference is a non-commercial event and tries to keep conference fees low in order to guarantee possible participation of students and younger developers/scientists. However we are looking for contributions/sponsoring in different fields. You can contribute to the success of the conference in several ways:

Conference Logos

The SVG.Open conference logo is available in different formats for use in the web and printed materials. Please help us advertising the conference by placing our logo and/or a link to our conference-site. If you have any questions on sponsoring or advertising for the conference please feel free to contact us per e-mail.

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Poster in PDF-Format

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