Carto Project

Summary of July 24, 2002 - Carto BOF Meeting at SIGGRAPH 2002

Theresa-Marie Rhyne

ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project Director

On Wednesday of SIGGRAPH 2002, the ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project held a Birds of a Feather session to report on 2002 activities and future projects for 2003. Since the Carto Project is a collaborative effort between both the International Cartographic Association (ICA)'s Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments, the GeoVRML Working Group of the Web3D Consortium, and Java3D Terrain Rendering group updates on these efforts were also provided.

Theresa-Marie Rhyne, ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project Director, highlighted efforts of the ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project along with the recent work of the ICA's Commission on Visualization & Virtual Environments. She noted that the next meeting of this ICA Commission is scheduled for September 11-14, 2002 and hosted by City University, London in the United Kingdom. The meeting will focus on multidisciplinary collaborations for geovisualization, (

Martin Reddy, Co-Chair of the GeoVRML Working Group of the Web3D Consortium, provided an update on GeoVRML activities. GeoVRML 1.1 was recently released. A new version of the tsmApi library and tools is available, ( Martin also indicated that he would be leaving SRI and begin working for Pixar Animation Studios. As a result, he will be stepping down as working group chair of the GeoVRML effort. Mike McCann, of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), will be assuming the chair position. Aaron Heller, at SRI, will take on a co-Chair role. For more information GeoVRML, see: (

Justin Couch then provided an overview of Java3D terrain rendering work and highlighted Chris Thorne's Rez utilities. Next, Mike McCann discussed an EXTERNPROTO he developed to display images inside a 3D GeoVRML work. He also shared the coded with the GeoVRML mailing list.

Finally, Don Brutzman, of the Web3D Consortium, distributed the latest CD pertaining to X3D. X3D is the next generation VRML specification and is based on the Extensible Markup Language (XML). Information on the latest technologies, source code, and software tools is available in the Web3D Consortium's Software Development Kit (Web3D SDK). More information on the Web3D SDK is available at: (

It was agreed to meet again at SIGGRAPH 2003.