NGGSIC 2016


National Geomatic / Geoinformatic Students
Innovation Competition 2016

The National Geomatic / Geoinformatic Students Innovation Competition (NGGSIC) program is an annual competition organized by the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM) with Public Universities and Polytechnics nationwide. The first program was held at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 2012 and subsequently by Polytechnic Ungku Omar (PUO), Ipoh in 2013, Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (POLISAS), Kuantan in 2014 and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Shah Alam in 2015.

NGGSIC 2016 attracts students and researchers from local Public Universities and Polytechnics to participate in the following competition categories:

  • Creative Map
  • Interactive Map
  • Innovative System
  • Thesis
  • Technical Paper

The purpose of the competition is to promote interest in map design, exceptional innovative idea in GIS system design, and to recognize significant research output in scientific publication.

Entries will be evaluated by a panel of experts with a variety of prizes for the best maps. There will be an exhibition of submissions at the International Conference on Geomatics & Geospatial Technology (GGT) 2016, 3-5 October 2016, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur (www.geoinfo.utm.my/ggt2016).

Categories

Creative Map

  • Hardcopy Map
  • Theme-based Map
  • etc..

Interactive Map

  • Online Map
  • Web Mapping Application
  • etc..

Innovative System

  • Mobile Application
  • Desktop Application
  • Web GIS Application
  • Prototype System
  • etc..

Thesis

  • B.Sc
  • M.Sc
  • Ph.D

Technical Paper

  • M.Sc
  • Ph.D

Eligibility & Rules

  1. All participating students must be a RISM GLS Division "Student Member". Membership form is available in the download section.
  2. Student enrolled in the field of Geomatic or Geoinformatics or Remote Sensing or related from a certificate program, undergraduate, or graduate/post-graduate program in any Local University or Polytechnic may enter.
  3. The cartographic work in the submitted map(s) must be the original work of the entrant. Use of third party or commercial technology is permitted, but must be appropriately cited. The data, if not produced by the entrant, must also be appropriately cited.
  4. Students may enter as many times as they wish, but may only win one prize.
  5. Students may re-enter a map from a previous year’s competition provided the map has been improved in a significant way.
  6. Entries must have been created during the 2015-2016 academic year.
  7. Entries must be submitted no later than September 18, 2016.
  8. Web site URL (for Interactive Map Category) pointing to all contest entries must be active through December 31, 2016.

Registration and Deadline

  1. Submit your entry by September 18, 2016. (All submissions must be received by this date.)
  2. Please complete the online form in the submit entry page.
  3. Creative Map Category submissions:
    1. Please upload a digital copy of the map product or full-size map (in PDF format) using the provided upload tool.
    2. All submission must be in A0 size (PDF).
  4. Interactive Map Category submissions:
    1. Must include the website URL and any username/password required to access the site (if applicable).
    2. Entries must have interactive or dynamic functionality to be considered.
  5. Innovative System Category submissions:
    1. Must include a YouTube URL showcasing the video presentation of the innovative system.
    2. No time limit of the video duration.
    3. Uploaded video should be at least in High Definition (HD) quality (720p onwards).
  6. Thesis and Technical Paper Category submissions:
    1. Please upload a digital copy of the paper (in PDF format) using the provided upload tool.
    2. No specific formatting is required.
  7. All submissions should include a description of the map or application, explaining its purpose, as well as the methods used in its creation, and any software and data used in its design and production.
  8. For map competition winners, a hard copy of the map must be sent to the Secretariat for display during the International Conference on Geomatics & Geospatial Technology (GGT) 2016, 3-5 October 2016, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur.

Evaluation Criteria

The focus of this competition is design; therefore, judging is based on cartographic design criteria, such as creativity, text (spelling and grammar too), balance, unity, visual hierarchy, clarity, use of color, and subject matter. Creative Maps will be judged and ranked based on the following criteria:
  • Appropriate map layout and design (cartographic elements i.e. legend, scale, letter sizes, typography, colour, symbols, projection, index map, title).
  • Readability of the map (balance of map elements, visual contrast, graphic density, effective choice of colours, image/background contrast).
  • Overall impression (how well the theme is communicated, etc.).
  • How effective the maps are at demonstrating the power of maps.
  • CONCEPT AND ORIGINALITY: This criterion considers how innovative the map is. How much of the work is borrowed from the work of others? Are there many maps just like it?
  • CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN: This criterion considers artistic merit, cartographic presentation, clarity of communication, and the quality of graphic composition.
While Innovative Systems and Interactive Maps will be judged and ranked based on the following criteria:
  • Appropriate map layout and design (cartographic elements i.e. legend, scale, letter sizes, typography, colour, symbols, projection, index map, title).
  • Readability of the map (balance of map elements, visual contrast, graphic density, effective choice of colours, image/background contrast).
  • Overall impression (how well the theme is communicated, etc.).
  • How effective the maps are at demonstrating the power of maps.
  • CONCEPT AND ORIGINALITY: This criterion considers how innovative the map is. How much of the work is borrowed from the work of others? Are there many maps just like it?
  • CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN: This criterion considers artistic merit, cartographic presentation, clarity of communication, and the quality of graphic composition.
  • INTERFACE DESIGN: This criterion assesses the design and functionality of the Graphical User Interface (GUI), and how well it works for the intended audience.
  • RELIABILITY / COMPATABILITY: This criterion considers the reliability and compatibility of the map for its intended platform (e.g. mobile device or web).

Judging Standards

  • For Interactive Map Category, judges will use the current versions of Firefox, Safari, or Chrome with a true color monitor with a resolution of at least 1280 x 800.
  • For Innovative System Category, judges will evaluate the system's functionality and purpose from the provided YouTube video link.
  • Judges will be solicited from the membership of RISM and Industry player. A panel of three judges will evaluate each categories.

Judging Process

  • When a map is submitted, the competition Secretariat will make an initial evaluation of the map to determine whether the quality is minimally acceptable, the map is generally working, and appropriate citations and credits are given. If problems exist, the Secretariat may decline the entry with comments or instructions to the entrant. Once the Secretariat accept the map for judging, the entrant will be notified that the map has been successfully entered into the competition.
  • Initial judging typically occurs just after the entry is received. Final judging of the best maps/interactive maps and best innovative systems is done by the appointed professional Committee and Jurors.
  • The winners will be announced during the Opening Ceremony at the International Conference on Geomatics & Geospatial Technology (GGT) 2016, 4 October 2016, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur, including screenshots depicting the prize-worthy maps.
  • Winners for each categories will be announced in this official website and via e-mail notifying them of the results and any other pertinent information.
  • Any questions about the competition should be directed to the competition Secretariat.