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eCARTO News June 2015

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

Mapping Applications

  • A Ready for a smellfie? Photo tags map the smellscape of a city – newscientist.com
  • Penn State mapping tool could help save seabirds – news.psu.edu
  • Detroit Battles Blight Through Crowdsourced Mapping Project – forbes.com
  • Mapping the Spread of U.S. Baby Names Over the Past 100 Years – citylab.com
  • Trial uses mapping technology to dig up better yields for vegetable growers – abc.net.au
  • Diagramming the Landscape: Digital Mapping, a Powerful Tool for Analyzing a Site’s Biophysical and Social Context – metropolismag.com
  • Τhe Μystery of the Antikythera Shipwreck Further Unfolds – greece.greekreporter
  • Scientists Map Sagebrush with Drones – outsideonline.com


  • Swarm of Apple iRobots released to map interior of Cupertino HQ – theregister.co.uk
  • Into the light: how lidar is replacing radar as the archaeologist’s map tool of choice – theguardian.com
  • Crisis Mapping Technology Boosts Relief Efforts In Nepal – forbes.com
  • High-resolution satellite radar for mapping changes in global forest cover – spie.org
  • Mapping an Entire Hidden Subway With Lasers and VR – popularmechanics.com
  • Marauders Map: the Chrome app that stalks Facebook Messenger users – theguardian.com
  • Programming Intelligent Underwater Robots – manufacturing.net
  • Augmented-Reality Golf Coverage Uses KVH IMU – gpsworld.com

Industry News

  • HERE wins top spot for mapping and traffic in Ovum Location Platform Index – globenewswire.com
  • Sizing Up The Suitors For Here, Nokia’s Map Business – techcrunch.com
  • Apple Granted their Seventh 3D Depth Mapping Patent for 2015 – patentlyapple.com
  • Mapsense developer platform provides mapping big data analytics – programmableweb.com
  • Google Maps goes offline, complete with turn-by-turn directions – cnet.com
  • Report: iOS 9 Maps will finally bring mass transit navigation…to select cities – macworld.com
  • Google Maps are coming to the smartwatch on your wrist straight out of Sydney – news.com.au
  • Periscope lets you watch the world live with new map feature – mashable.com

People in Cartography

  • “Datascaper” Mixes Digital Mapping With Landscape Design – nextcity.org
  • Communicating with Maps Part 2: Discussing the issues with CaGIS President Sarah Battersby – directionsmag.com


  • Will Google’s Patent Battle over Street View Mapping Eventually Spill over to Apple Maps? – patentlyapple.com
  • How D.C. Is Becoming a Hub for Mapping Tech Startups – dcinno.streetwise.co
  • Why 3.5 times more Apple users choose Apple Maps over Google Maps – fortune.com
  • Three Reasons to Get to Know TCI’s Industry-Leading Mapping Software – directionsmag.com
  • Why Google Maps Shouldn’t Forget About Smell – fastcodesign.com
  • How your friendly neighborhood search engine took over the world – newrepublic.com
  • Not just for analysis, visualizations support transparency – gcn.com

Cartographic Education & Resources

  • Use this excellent mapping tool to figure out how long it takes to travel to every single place in London – businessinsider.com.au
  • NGA and DigitalGlobe Open Source Toolkit to Harness the Power of Collaborative Mapping – gisuser.com
  • Looking for a New Direction in Mapping Your World? – uknow.uky.edu
  • UW students use open source mapping to aid relief efforts in Nepal – washington.edu
  • Dot is a quirky location app for mapping anything from trash cans to watering holes – thenextweb.com

Cartography – Out of this world

  • Mapping the Outer Milky Way – skyandtelescope.com
  • Dawn Does Dramatic Fly Over of Ceres, Enters Lower Mapping Orbit: Video – universetoday.com
  • Mapping 90 years of UFO sightings: Fireballs are most commonly seen, while egg-shaped craft are rarer – and Maine is a hotspot – dailymail.co.uk
  • Geologic mapping of mars – smithsonianscience.si.edu
  • An illustrated guide to space maps – atlasobscura.com
  • These amateur maps of the Curiosity rover rival NASA’s – wired.com
  • Ceres’ Bright Spots Continue to Mystify Astronomers – gizmodo.com
  • MAVEN results find Mars behaving like a rock star – phys.org

Country Specific Cartography

  • Ministries to conduct mapping, profiling exercise – fijitimes.com
  • Mapping the Grand Canyon’s Gruesome Legacy of Death – citylab.com
  • Indonesia Regional Planning and Development Sector Powers Up Mobile Mapping by SuperPad – directionsmag.com
  • Mapping the monsoon: Find out when the rains hit your city – hindustantimes.com
  • Mapping Trees In Intricate Chemical Detail, So We Know Which Ones To Save First – fastcoexist.com
  • Brazil’s Maranhao state to map renewable power potential – renewables.seenews.com
  • Why we need to liberate Philippine public map data – gmanetwork.com
  • Ocean surface currents now being measured in near real-time off Hilo – hawaii.edu

Environmental cartography!

  • Just in Time for Juneteenth: A Mapping Tool That Makes It Easier to Spot Environmental Justice – citylab.com
  • Mapping the Surge in L.A.’s Homelessness Epidemic – citylab.com
  • California’s quake worries don’t end with the San Andreas – wired.com
  • Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal Redesign Links Users via Stories, Data, Mapping – prweb.com
  • Sound map launched for UK’s coastline – eandt.theiet.org

Alternative Cartography

  • Beautiful, Intriguing, and Illegal Ways to Map the Internet – wired.com
  • Mapping, Beirut-style: how to navigate a city without using any street names – theguardian.com
  • Oculus acquires 3D mapping company Surreal Vision to turn reality into a video game – theverge.com
  • An Imaginary City, 50 Years in the Mapping – citylab.com
  • Detailed 3D Map Visualizes The Battle of Stalingrad – kotaku.com
  • Charting Napoleon’s military career – in maps – theguardian.com


President’s Blog: ICA and URISA sign Memorandum of Understanding

URISAI am happy to announce that the rising interest cartography and ICA are gaining from the “classical” GIS industry and their proponents have found yet another indicator. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ICA and URISA, the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association, which can be seen as a GIS professionalist’s society.

The MoU shall work as a framework towards establishing cooperations in training programmes, workshops, symposia and can entitle ICA to reach out with their key messages and instruments about the relevance of modern cartography to a large number of GIS professionalists.

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

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President’s Blog: Please share your thoughts on the Barbara Petchenik Competition


One of the flagships of the International Cartographic Association’s instruments is the Barbara Petchenik Children Map Drawing Competition. It is amazing how much positive interest this is getting whenever the idea and the results are displayed!

It is truly according to the mission of ICA to promote the role of maps and the importance of cartography, when school children of different age groups all over the world are not only confronted with maps, but are actively involved in making and understanding maps.

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a real success story. In order to ensure that the success story continues, it is useful to revisit concept, perspectives, thoughts related to this from time to time. This is exactly what Jesus Reyes Nunez, Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children, is proposing in his document “Exchanging ideas about the Barbara Petchenik Competition“.

May I ask all of you to read his ideas and share your thoughts as a comment below the article. Thank you for helping us to ensure that the Barbara Petchenik Competition remains a success story.

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association


Maps featured in the graphic on top (from left to right): My Place in Today’s World is a World Where Friends are Very Important to Me by Keagen Madodzi (5), South Africa, 1st place <6 years (2013), Peace & Harmony by Wang Zhiling (12), China, 2nd place, 9–12 years (2013), The World at my Fingertips – Remains a Puzzle by Hayden Livingstone (15), New Zealand, 1st place 12–15 years (2011)

Review of the 10th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage, Corfu, 27–29 May 2015

The 10th Jubilee Conference of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage marked with many references on the International Map Year 2015–2016 successfully took place in Corfu. It was attended by 173 participants from 22 countries including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, with many studends among them.

The participants of the Corfu 2015 Cartoheritage Conference

The participants of the Corfu 2015 Cartoheritage Conference

The conference was preceded by the intensive workshop “Georeference for ‘non-experts’“, especially designed for participants coming from humanities, map-curatorship and map-archiving, attended by 26 participants from 12 countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hong Kong-China, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovenia and United States.

Participants of the intensive tutorial "Georeferencing for 'non-experts'"

Participants of the intensive tutorial “Georeference for ‘non-experts'”

For more on the conference and the workshop, please see the programme and the tutorial page.

Evangelos Livieratos,
Chair of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage


eCARTO News May 2015

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

Wow factor cartography

  • City Layouts – behance.net
  • The Map That Changed The World – strata-smith.com
  • The world’s planes in a single image: Stunning satellite map shows 15,000 aircraft as they travel around the planet – dailymail.co.uk

General News

Mapping Applications

Industry News

  • Uber looks to end dependence on Google, bids for Here mapping service – smh.com.au
  • What a compulsive videogame designer brings to HERE maps – 360.here.com
  • Getting started with Mapbox.js – mapbox.com
  • CartoDB and DigitalGlobe provide access to latest imagery – spatialsource.com.au


Cartographic Education & Resources

Technically Speaking

Cartographic Products


Humanitarian Assistance – Why we love cartography!

Alternative Cartography


Review of ICA activities in the FIG Working Week, Bulgaria

FIG Working Week 2015 was held with 1.000 participants from 68 countries from 17–21 May 2015 in Sofia. ICA was very visible at the event. President Prof. Georg Garter gave a keynote speech in the plenary session entitled “Modern Cartography”. The conference also included an ICA session and a Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps – held in celebration of International Map Year.

Georg Gartner (ICA president), Temenoujka Bandrova (president of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association)

Georg Gartner and Temenoujka Bandrova

In the ICA session, ICA President Prof. Georg Gartner, Past-President and Commission Chair Prof. Milan Konecny, Commission Chair Prof. Philippe de Mayer, Prof. Bashkim Irdisi and members of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association (BCA) presented their last cartographic achievements. All papers and presentations can be found on fig.net.

The Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps at FIG Working Week

The Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps at FIG Working Week

One of the most popular places in the National Palace of Culture during FIG Week was the Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps. Many participants were delighted to see such an exhibition and congratulated ICA and the Bulgarian Cartographic Association for the organization.

IMY-bulgaria_exhibition2Four countries (Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria) participated and were represented by the following companies and organizations:

The exhibitors received certificates for the participation and a special IMY calendar produced by the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and the Military Geographic Service.

More photos and information are available on the Facebook page of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association.

– Prof. Temenoujka Bandrova
President, Bulgarian Cartographic Association

Category: Member News

Ferjan Ormeling Received a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Cartography

Ferjan Ormeling – former ICA Secretary General & Treasurer (1999-2007) and recipient of the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal (2009) – received the academic title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in a ceremony held on May 7, 2015, for his outstanding contributions to international cartography.

Ferjan Ormeling receiving a Doctorate honoris causa in Cartography

Ferjan Ormeling, Doctor Honoris Causa, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Faculty of Engineering, unanimously accepted the proposal of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering following the academic nomination by Profs E. Livieratos, C. Boutoura, A. Kousoulakou (AUTH Cartoheritage Group).

Evangelos Livieratos, Chair of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage read the Laudatio, highlighting Ferjan’s career highlights and achievements in cartography at home and internationally, as well as his support and contribution to contemporary Greek cartography, which was also acknowledged in 2008 by a honorary membership in the Hellenic Cartographic Society. In front of a full audience – including the rector, faculty deans, school chairs, professors and the Hellenic Cartographic Society president L. Tsoulos – the new AUTH Doctor h.c. gave a lecture on “Ptolemy’s heritage: the Atlas as an ordering device”. With a series of illustrated evidence he recalled the impact of Ptolemy’s “Geographia” in the development of the atlas legacy in the Low Countries starting with Erasmus in 16th century with the first published “Geographia” in West Europe in Greek language. He showed how the conceptual and contextual structure logic and the sequential patterns introduced by Ptolemy are still basis for the ordering and hierarchies of the content of modern atlases.

Ferjan also gave an interview to the Greek press agency focused on the challenges of modern cartography in the network era, well received and widely released online. His Dr h.c. lecture can be followed online in the official video of the full ceremony: http://www.auth.gr/node/18744 (starting from 52min)

Submission of National Reports for the General Assembly 2015


Sweden submitted the first national report for the General Assembly 2015

Each national member organisation of the ICA is expected to send a report to each General Assembly on the cartographic and GI science activities in the country during the previous four years.

The first report of the term 2011–2015 already arrived. It was submitted by national member Sweden. All reports for the upcoming General Assembly will be available in the National Reports section, which is updated as reports arrive.

László Zentai
– ICA Secretary-General

Category: Member News

eCARTO News April 2015

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

General News

  • 50 years of Flevocartography: new exhibition – nieuwlanderfgoed.nl
  • History of Cartography Project to celebrate Volume Six April 25 – wisc.edu
  • Inside the most amazing library that you’ve never heard of – atlasobscura.com
  • Journal of Historical Geographyprizes – elsevier.com

Mapping Applications

  • What Scientists Learned Mapping a Sunken Aircraft Carrier – wired.com
  • Dark matter mapped at cosmic scale – nature.com
  • Mapping the Underground Mysteries of Socotra – nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping Chaos in Yemen – nytimes.com
  • Call for comprehensive map of Philippines’ coral reefs – gulfnews.com
  • Why Mapping Matters for Amsterdam’s Startup Culture – citylab.com
  • Do You Like to Map? Take the Mapping Challenge! – usgs.gov
  • An Interactive Map of Shakespeare’s London – citylab.com
  • In China, maps that tell you when it’s safe to breathe – todayonline.com
  • Key Google Maps tech finds an amazing new use – bgr.com
  • Pin important places on a map with My Maps – techrepublic.com
  • This map shows the locations where bombs fell on London during World War II – pri.org

3D Printer Mapping

  • 3D printing will have a bigger economic impact than the internet, technology specialist says – abc.net.au
  • 3D printed colour map – abc.net.au
  • 3D Printing the World with Google Maps – 3dprintingindustry.com
  • 3D Printing Topographic Maps Using Lidar – makezine.com
  • 3D Print Your Trek, in color! – instructables.com
  • How to print a 3D map of anywhere in the world – matterhackers.com
  • Now You Can Get Your Favorite Mountain 3D Printed – gizmodo.com
  • Lidar Data Creates Beautiful 3D Printed Topographic Maps – 3dphobbyist.com
  • San Francisco Bay Depicted in 3D Printed Topographical Map by Area Resident – 3dprint.com
  • 3D Maps Created by IDeA Center Use Multi-Sensory Installations to Delight and Direct Everyone – 3dprint.com
  • Posterity is Priceless in 3D: Cartographer in India 3D Prints His City Using Google Maps – 3dprint.com
  • 3D printed maps: 10 eye-catching examples – techrepublic.com
  • Topographic Map 3D Printed Using Copy Paper – youtube.com
  • 3D-Printed Crystalline Maps Explore Urban Development Strategies – psfk.com
  • 3D Print Your Own Map of Norway – 3dprinterworld.com
  • Japan now offers free 3D terrain maps for 3D printing – 3ders.org
  • 4D printing: buildings that can change over time – bbc.com

Mapping with Drones

  • Drones and crisis mapping – digital aid in Vanuatu – irinnews.org
  • Scientists Using Drones To Map Ocean Trash – ecorazzi.com
  • DroneDeploy tech creates aerial maps in real time, often before a drone even lands – venturebeat.com

Industry News

  • International Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage – dch2015.net
  • 1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography – eurocarto.org
  • Google To Sunset Their Old Version Of Google Maps – searchengineland.com
  • Nokia confirms Here mapping unit could be sold – zdnet.com
  • Microsoft highlights Windows 10 Maps for Phone, available in latest (10051) build – winbeta.org


  • Interview with a Celebrity Cartographer: Dr. Barbara (babs) Buttenfield – cartographicperspectives.org
  • Cartographer of prejudice: interview with Yanko Tsvetkov – here.com
  • The Strange Power of Maps: Interview with Cartographer Marcus Kirby – madeinshoreditch.co.uk
  • Meet the woman mapping street harassment in Brazil – dailylife.com.au
  • Meet the Man Behind the Map: Washington, D.C.’s and Baltimore’s Historical Trains, Subway-Style – curbed.com


Cartographic Education & Resources

  • Can games create an education fit for the future? – bbc.com
  • Imagining Space and Time in Kenneth Slessor’s “Dutch Seacoast” and Joan Blaeu’s Town Atlas of The Netherlands: Maps and Mapping in Kenneth Slessor’s Poetic Sequence The Atlas, Part Three – cartographicperspectives.org

Technically Speaking

  • Maps4News – wan-ifra.org or maps4news.com
  • Ordnance Survey releases mapping tool – bbc.com
  • How to Use APIs to Build GIS, Mapping and Location Applications – programmableweb.com
  • Apple tech applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate in-air gesture recognition – appleinsider.com
  • The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps – bgr.com
  • Indoor Atlas: Smartphones can navigate inside buildings using magnetic fields – networkworld.com

Cartograpahic Products

  • John Speed’s “Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine” – lib.cam.ac.uk
  • Battle of Waterloo in 1815 – lib.cam.ac.uk
  • 1:63,360 maps of England and Wales – nla.gov.au
  • Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World – mymodernmet.com
  • Mapping the reach of North Korean missiles – reuters.com
  • Mapping Australia: The ebb and flow of our cities’ populations – sbs.com.au
  • Very terrifying map of Africa: How desert, and best friend water, could be our worst enemies – mgafrica.com

Sound Mapping

  • A Geography of Street Music – citylab.com
  • Activist bats for noise mapping across Mumbai, writes to civic chief – dnaindia.com
  • Blind-from-birth people share brain mapping organization similar to that in sighted – jpost.com
  • UVM workshop maps sounds found around town – burlingtonfreepress.com


  • Before and after: Cyclone Pam’s impact on Vanuatu – abc.net.au
  • Minimal maps of America: Stunning images use simple data to reveal a complex history of US land use – dailymail.co.uk
  • Mapping the Coral Sea reefs by satellite – spatialsource.com.au
  • Spooky Ring of Light Created by Arctic’s Ice-Mapping Lasers (Photo) – livescience.com

Alternative Cartography

  • Pacman on Google Maps – google.co.nz/maps
  • Welcome to the Stereo Page – hbmeyer.de
  • This site transforms Earth into a ‘Tron’ map of the world – mashable.com
  • Stanford Literary Lab Maps ‘Emotions in Victorian London’ – nytimes.com
  • Mapping Toronto Through Its Poetry – citylab.com
  • Australian team builds Google Maps for the body – smh.com.au
  • This Is How Robots Are Mapping Radiation At Fukushima – gizmodo.com.au
  • Artist Servet Koçyiğit’s world of maps on display in Rampa show – todayszaman.com