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drs. B.J. Köbben (Barend)

Senior Lecturer-Researcher

About Me

I hold an MSc in Geography, specialising in Cartography, from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. I worked for 9 years as a Lecturer in Cartography at that university and then moved to the International Institute for Geo-information Sciences and Earth Observation ( ITC) in 1997. The ITC is an international school providing courses on GIS and Remote Sensing to students from all around the world, ranging from short courses, through 2 year  MSc degree courses, as well as a PhD programmes. Since 1 January 2010, ITC is a Faculty of the University of Twente. Currently I am Senior Lecturer -Researcher in GIS and cartographic visualisation in the Department of Geo-Information Processing ( GIP) at ITC, and at the University College Twente.

My teaching subjects include Cartographic Theory, WebCartography and WebGIS, Geo-webservices, web application building and Visualisation Pipelines. Furthermore, I supervise Bachelor Capstones and MSc theses. I also am coordinator of the thesis semester of the Erasmus Mundus Joined Master in Cartography that UT-ITC runs together with the Technical Universities of Munich, Dresden and Vienna. I am also a member of the core team of the ATLAS Bachelor of the University College Twente.

Research

I participate in the research activities of the departemental Research Theme STAMP (Spatio–Temporal Analytics, Maps and Processing). My main research interest is “automated mapping in a services environment”, combining cartographic visualisation knowledge (with a large visual perception and a design component) with a keen interest in computer science, especially web application development. I specifically design and build visualisation pipelines with middleware services and Open Web clients (using tools such as the D3 library and the Vega/Vega-lite framework).

Publications

Recent
Coetzee, S., Griffin, A. , Köbben, B., Kubicek, P., Harvey, F., Varanka, D. E., Camboim, S. P., Behr, F-J., Plews, R., Moellering, H., & Midtbo, T. (2021). Mapping in words: Standardizing cartographic terminology. 1-3. Abstract from 30th International Cartographic Conference, ICC 2021, Firenze, Italy. https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-abs-3-54-2021
Köbben, B. J. , & Kraak, M. J. (2020). Mapping, Web. In A. Kobayashi (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2 ed., Vol. 8, pp. 333-337). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10565-7
Other Contributions
Maps & Infographics
Apart from scientific and other papers, in the last few years I have published over 500 maps & infographics, mainly in the Dutch journal "Geografie". You can find them in this  searchable list, with PNG previews ...

UT Research Information System

Education

My teaching subjects include Cartographic Theory, WebCartography and WebGIS, Geo-webservices, web application building and Visualisation Pipelines. Furthermore, I supervise Bachelor Capstones and MSc theses. I also am coordinator of the thesis semester of the Erasmus Mundus Joined Master in Cartography that UT-ITC runs together with the Technical Universities of Munich, Dresden and Vienna. I am also a member of the core team of the ATLAS Bachelor of the University College Twente.

Affiliated Study Programmes

Bachelor

Master

Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Projects

I have been involved in various consultancy projects in The Netherlands, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Thailand and Zambia. For a full list see this page.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Drienerburght (building no. 44), room 122
Boerderijweg 1
7522LV  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1311
Hallenweg 8
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1311
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands