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eCARTO News November 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.

3D Mapping & 3D Modelling

  • 3D Mapping and 3D Modeling Market by Application in 3D Mapping, by Vertical, and by Geography – Forecast to 2020 – prnewswire.com
  • Build a 3-D Virtual World with This Crowdsourced Map of the Real World – technologyreview.com
  • Mapping 100 Years of Earthquakes, in 3-D – citylab.com

Participatory 3D Mapping

  • First P3DM Exercise Completed in Tonga – twitter.com
  • Hands on Culture – Participatory 3D Modelling with Mandingalbay Yidinji People (Australia):videmo.com
  • Modeling the Future in Boe Boe Community, Solomon Islands – youtube.com
  • Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM) – iapadorg
  • Largest online library on participatory mapping practice – iapad.org/library
  • Participatory 3-Dimensional Modelling: Guiding Principles and Applications; 2010 edition – iapad.org
  • Locations where P3DM has been implemented – non exhaustive list – p3dm.org
  • Video on P3DM – iapad.org
  • PGIS Ethics in the practice (12 language version) – ppgis.net
  • PGSI/PPGIS video collection on YouTube – youtube.com

Country Specific Cartography

  • Cartography in Switzerland 2011–2015 – kartografie.ch
  • Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments – bpl.org
  • Student-Faculty Project Maps History of Dutch Immigration – calvin.edu
  • Crowd-Mapping Jakarta’s Flood Problem Via Twitter – fastcoexist.com
  • Melbourne council releases mapping tool to reveal huge potential of solar PV – onestepoffthegrid.com.au
  • Chinese rocket deploys third Tianhui mapping satellite – spaceflightnow.com

GIScience in the Pacific Island Countries


Scientific Applications of Cartography

Industry News

  • MMT 2015: The 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology – insidegnss.com
  • what3words Delivers 3 Word Addresses to Esri ArcGIS Platform – directionsmag.com
  • Uber Signs a Mapping Deal With TomTom – fortune.com
  • Startup Mapbox Makes Big Satellite Imagery Buy to Take On Google, Here Maps – recode.net
  • Google Maps is adding offline navigation and search starting today – theverge.com
  • Access offline maps while abroad with Maps.me for Android – ghacks.net
  • DigitalGlobe – digitalglobe.com

Mapping Applications

  • Mapping the World’s Territorial Disputes – huffingtonpost.com
  • CMS Online Mapping Tool Details Opioid Prescribing Patterns – aafp.org
  • Mapping the Frenzy of Europe’s Migrant Crisis – citylab.com
  • “Maps that fight the mafia”: How Italy is leading the way in collaborative mapping initiatives – citymetric.com
  • 50 First Dates of Snow – citylab.com
  • Satellite data mapping project led by Ecometrica gets $1M from GEF to Conserve Biodiversity Hotspot – directionsmag.com
  • Homes belonging to half a billion people ‘could be submerged by rising sea levels’ – independent.co.uk
  • GIS software gives 911 emergency dispatchers enhanced mapping system – chicagotribune.com


Neat Ideas

  • Escape from Mercator – mapzen.com
  • Bird migration patterns – atlasobscura.com
  • Apple’s survey app helps venues easily create indoor maps – theverge.com
  • Mapping 16th Century Social Networks with Six Degrees of Francis Bacon – gizmodo.com
  • Swarms of pumpkin-shaped drones might soon map the world’s seabeds – qz.com

Cartographic Resources & Education

Large Scale Mapping

  • Microsoft’s Bing Maps now shows you real-time stills from traffic cameras – citymetric.com
  • Bing Maps Brings Traffic Camera Views Across 11 Countries – ubergizmo.com
  • How Komoot Built The Best Bike-Route Mapping App – fastcoexist.com
  • Mapping Startup Leverages Machine Vision – datanami.com
  • Entrepreneur developing accessibility mapping app – phys.org
  • I went blind for a day to try Microsoft’s headset for the visually impaired – telegraph.co.uk
  • Never Stop Exploring – esri.com

Extraterrestrial Cartography

  • Astronomers are mapping the center of our galaxy, and they just discovered a phenomenon they never expected – businessinsider.com.au
  • Why mapping the galaxy will be child’s play – theguardian.com
  • Mapping winds on alien worlds – astronomy.com
  • Find Your House On This Map And Watch The Satellites Passing Above You – gizmodo.com.au
  • Mapping Mars’ Ripples Unveils Dune Mysteries – discovery.com
  • Mapping the future of planetary data – gcn.com
  • A new, beautifully detailed geological map of Mars – zmescience.com
  • These Tiny Antennas Will Help Map Big Bang’s Afterglow – gizmodo.com


Crowdsourced Mapping

  • Making smart cities work for people. No. 5. Böblingen’s crowdsourced accessibility maps – citymetric.com
  • students help victims of disasters by mapping stricken areas – kutv.com

The Brave New World of Mapping

  • How MappingExperts Keep Driverless Cars on the Road – pcmag.com

Save the Date & Call for Papers: 6th International Symposium on the History of Cartography


The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge:
Production – Trade – Consumption – Preservation

Dubrovnik (Croatia), October 13–14, 2016

The ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Map Production & Geoinformation Management, Use, User & Usability Issues and the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar (Zagreb, Croatia) invite the submission of abstracts for papers and posters for a joint conference in Dubrovnik (Croatia), the medieval port city on the coast of the Adriatic and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The symposium and planned optional excursions are open to cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and everyone with an interest in the diverse aspects of the history of cartography.

The Call for Papers can be found at the conference website histacartodubrovnik2016.com, including information on registration, programme, transportation and accommodation.

Questions regarding the conference and call for papers can be send to: Dr. Mirela Altic


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President’s Blog: Report of the ICA Commissions and Working groups meeting in Vienna

November 8 and 9, 2015 the (co)chairs of ICA’s Commissions and Working Groups met with the members of the Executive Committee (EC) to discuss the future activities of the ICA. The objective of the meeting was to offer the ICA officers a good and fresh start for the 2015–2019 period. A side effect of the meeting was that all of us met new and old friends, and we had a chance to become familiar with each other.

The meeting, hosted by the Past-President at the Technical University of Vienna, was organized in three distinct parts. The first dealt with “What ICA expects from you”, the second part with “What do you expect from ICA”. The third part was linked to the International Map Year (IMY) and the UN sustainability goals.



What ICA expects from you

After an introduction round, Laszlo Zentai, our Secretary-General informed us on how ICA Commissions and Working Groups are supposed to operate, based on our statues and by-laws. This included information on how to organize a Commission (Chair/co-chair, website, members etc), how to communicate within ICA (the newsletter, the bi-annual report to the EC), options for publication of results (our International Journal of Cartography, again ICA news and the Springer book series), activities related to our International Cartographic Conferences (reviews, (joint)workshops, business meetings), and financial support. This might seem trivial since all information is available on the website, but it proves that these sessions are useful anyhow.

In an exercise the (co)chairs had to revisit their terms of reference, and decide which of those will be their focus point in the next four years. These so-called flagship projects could be joint commissions efforts. Also they had to think of there planned activities on the short term and for whole 2015-2019 period, to allow us share and combine events. And as you can imagine, they had to indicate how they would think to contribute to the International Map Year.

What do you expect from ICA

This session started with short presentations by different EC members of what we call ICA’s instruments, such as our strategic plan, the ICA directory, publications, the research agenda, our scholarships, and ICA external relations with the Joint Board of GIS and the GeoUnions. The first unites international organizations involved with geospatial information and strives to act as a collective and unified voice at the international level, such as within the UN. The second represents those geo-related organizations that are member of ICSU.

After this flow of information, the (co)chairs where asked to react and express their opinion about our instruments both from a positive and negative perspective. They where also asked to come forward with any issue they would like to see discussed to be able to let ICA better operate.

IMY / Mapping the sustainability goals

The third part of the workshop dealt with the International Map Year (IMY) and how we as ICA can make an impact by “mapping” the sustainability goals.


The new UN 17 sustainability goals can be found at sustainabledevelopment.un.org. Each of these goals has a specific objective. For instance Goal 4 on education states: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. For each goal a number of targets have been set. An example of an educational target is “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes”. To see if those target are met multiple indicator have been defined. Indicators are numbers, for instance “Completion rate (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary)”.

These indicators can be mapped. As individual variable or in combination with each other. During the IMY ICA will organize a cartographic exhibition at the next UNGGIM meeting in New York, August 2016. The plan is to create a set of 17 posters, one for each goal that demonstrates how maps can help to get insight in these goals. The plan is not just to create a single map for each goal. The idea is to offer different cartographic perspectives on these goals via story maps. These perspectives are offered by our Commissions. Each of the 17 goals has been adopted by two Commissions and together these wil map a goal based on their skills set. So for instance the poster that involved the Commission on Visual analytics might show how in an exploratory environment one can combine different indicators to reveal trends, the poster involving the Commission Mountain Cartography could show how the landscape influences the distribution of certain phenomena. The poster co-designed by the Commission on Map Projections might show good and bad examples of global projection.

The final goal of this exercise is to create an atlas of best practices of mapping the sustainability goals. This should be ready by the end of the 2015–2019 period.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

Joint ICA meeting in Vienna, November 8–9


All chairs and vice-chairs of the ICA commissions and working groups were invited to join an ICA meeting in Vienna on 8–9 November 2015 to plan and discuss their activities for the term 2015–2019. 46 chairs, vice-chairs and members of the executive committee followed the invitation and spent two intensive workshop days at Technische Universität Wien.

Meeting participants

Commission chairs and vice-chairs

Working Group International Map Year

Executive Committee


More photos of the workshop can be found on the ICA Facebook page.

Review of the LBS conference 2015 in Augsburg, Germany


The 12th International Symposium on Location-Based Services was held in Augsburg, Germany, from 16–18 September 2015. It was addressed at researchers, industry operators and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or affined to Location Based Services (LBS). The conference featured Alexander Zipf from Heidelberg University and Xiaolin Meng from University of Nottingham as keynote speakers. An overview over the program can be found on lbs2015.tum.de. Selected papers are planned to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services.

– Jukka M. Krisp
Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services

eCARTO News October 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.

Cartography – Origins

Industry News

  • Sony scoops up gesture tech firm Softkinetic – wired.co.uk
  • Apple buys 11 map startups — but still trails Google – cnn.com
  • Apple grows operations in Lund, Sweden for work on ‘advanced mapping technology’ – appleinsider.com
  • Nokia sale of Here to automakers expected to close in first-quarter of 2016 – rcrwireless.com
  • 5 New Travel Startups Giving Mapping a Fresh Perspective – skift.com
  • Inside Uber’s Mission to Give Its Drivers the Ultimate App – wired.com
  • 6° Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía (6siahc) – 6siahc.cl

Mapping Applications

  • This guy is mapping the highest trail on earth – redbull.com
  • Mapping the World’s Winners and Losers from China Trade – foreignpolicy.com
  • Internet map shines a light on capacity and security – gcn.com
  • Mapping murder around the globe – pbs.org
  • Mapping London’s gangs – metro.co.uk

Mobile Mapping Systems

  • Global Mobile Mapping System Market – Trends and Forecasts (2015-2020) – prnewswire.com
  • Vehicle navigation systems mapping a better way to get around – metronews.ca
  • Mitsubishi Electric Introduces EMIRAI3 xAUTO Automated Driving Concept Car – businesswire.com
  • Police renew appeal for cyclists to protect personal information on ride-sharing sites – cyclingweekly.co.uk
  • Government Aeronautical Charting Analyst – indeed.com

Indoor Mapping

  • Indoor Mapping Project Attracts Funding from Google – ischool.syr.edu
  • Wi-Fi-connected Roomba 980 maps a better route – gizmag.com

Cartographic Resources & Education

Cartography for the Environment

  • Report of the Working Group on Marine Habitat Mapping – ices.dk
  • Mapping 100 Years of Earthquakes, in 3-D – citylab.com
  • Google brings its air-mapping Street View cars to California – theverge.com
  • Map tool to help NParks manage green spaces better – todayonline.com
  • Melting of Antarctic Ice Shelves Could Double by 2050, Dramatically Increasing Sea Level Rise – ecowatch.com

Technologies for Mapping

Cartography and Research

  • Locative Media and Identity – sgo.sagepub.com
  • Engineers develop sonar navigation, mapping system for unmanned aircraft – phys.org
  • Forest-mapping instrument for space station passes major milestone – phys.org
  • This Young Startup Built a Futuristic Vest That Could Help Deaf People Hear – mic.com
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate – jobs.ac.uk


History Mapping

  • Making Connections Between the World’s Newest and Oldest Maps – citylab.com
  • Pre-Digital Cartography Is Still Key To ‘Mapping’ Human History – forbes.com
  • Data visualization and cartography from before the digital age – visualoop.com
  • 18th-Century Maps of Central Europe – lib.uchicago.edu
  • On the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts – ciuhct.org
  • Great Escapes: The story of MI9’s Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps – amazon.com
  • Mapping the Second World War: The History of the War Through Maps From 1939 to 1945 – amazon.com
  • Maps: charting and changing the world – in pictures – theguardian.com

Cartography – The Products

  • Sadtopographies – instagram.com
  • New interactive map shows how rising seas will swallow US cities – sciencealert.com
  • Statistical Abstract of Israel – Maps – Annual Data – cbs.gov.il
  • Map Shows Every US School Shooting Since 2013 – voanews.com
  • The Future of Global Development, Mapped – citylab.com
  • Hundreds of dots go into the shoreline of single map – instagram.com

Urban Mapping

  • Mapping the city: we took a ride in the car taking 650,000 pictures of London – timeout.com
  • BMC wrap noise pollution mapping in Suburban Mumbai – iamin.in
  • Tesla is mapping the Earth, ’cause your GPS won’t cut it for self-driving cars – mashable.com


  • 2D Feature mapping from High Resolution Satellite images – directionsmag.com
  • Bluesky Completes Aerial Mapping Project for UK Utilities – gpsworld.com
  • Dwarf Planet’s Weirdly Mysterious Surface Mapped: Photos – discovery.com
  • Interactive Map of Mars – dailymail.co.uk
  • Teledyne Optech showing economical options for airborne lidar bathymetry at OCEANS ’15 – directionsmag.com
  • China’s hi-res mapping satellite sends back more visual data – wantchinatimes.com


Colloque Temps, art & cartographie


If you are interested in the relationships between Maps, Art and Time (and if you speak French…) this might be a great event to attend: Colloque “Temps, art & cartographie: La sémiologie dans tous les sens”. This colloquy will take at the University of Strasbourg (France) on March 16–18, 2016. Deadline for submitting abstracts: October 31, 2015.

Sébastien Caquard,
ICA Commission on Art & Cartography


27th Newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children

ica_cc_27The October 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children is available for download.

Among other topics, the newsletter includes information about the commission event in Niterói (Brazil) before ICC 2015, information related to the results of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015, the Barbara Petchenik Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, the commission meeting as well as some photos related to activities developed by the commission before and during ICC 2015.

The commission also invites everyone to participate in the discussion related to the future improvements of the Barbara Petchenik Competition. Please submit your opinions and proposals until December 2015. Thank you!

October’s Map of the Month is a service for generating real-time heatmaps of sports workouts

Project Supra – Real-time heatmaps from sports workouts.

This month, we bring back our Map of the Month series by presenting the first map award winner from ICC 2015: Project Supra – Real-time heatmaps from sports workouts. It received the first jury prize in the category “digital products” at the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

Zoom in and find more details here!

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