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President’s Blog: Inside an EC Meeting

The Executive Committee (EC) of the ICA is meeting twice a year to discuss related issues, analyse the performance of the instruments of the organisation and make operational and strategic decisions. But how does an EC meeting work? I want to give you some insight from my subjective perspective.

The meeting dates are set nearly a year beforehand to make sure that most of the ten members of the EC can make it. There are three central roles in preparing an EC meeting: the local host, which takes care of all arrangements needed to host the EC; the Secretary-General, which sets up the agenda, collects all necessary documents and sends hundreds of emails to communicate with all colleagues; and the president, which tries to steer the EC into the currently most important issues by prioritizing the agenda and asking for input, opinions, decisions and allowing and aggregating discussions.

Usually there are a lot of constraints to consider when scheduling such a meeting; most of them have something to do with the “bread jobs” of the EC members. That’s why not all are arriving at the same day and eventually will not leave with the same flight as well. Thus, time is always short and a “quick” start into the agenda is needed to make sure that the time is well used.

The rooms the EC uses for its meetings have something in common, which I would describe as “no-frills” – nothing to distract the colleagues from their work. However, WiFi and a projector are requirements our Secretary-General is insisting on; some of the colleagues – including myself – would add coffee to this basic requirement list :-)

The dynamics of such a meeting are always heterogeneous and hard to predict.  There are routine items to discuss, which eventually take much longer than expected. There might be controversial items to discuss, which are on the agenda since years, which all of a sudden are noted and acclaimed.  This has to do with understanding the EC as a group of persons finding themselves in a permanent process about their views, perspectives and shared and common understandings, rather than in unalterable fixed positions. For this reason major issues of core concern to the ICA – such as commissions, conferences, research directions or publications – are regularly put up for discussion. These discussions are not always leading to the same results but rather reflect that process as well.

Usually, an EC Meeting is accompanied with visits or meetings with representatives of the local host country. This allows interesting insights into the local activities and interests as well as the possibility to socialize with our hosts.

Impression of the last EC meeting in Rio de Janeiro

Impression of the last EC meeting in Rio de Janeiro. From left to right: Menno-Jan Kraak, Tim Trainor, Paulo Menezes, Yaolin Liu, William Cartwright, Derek Clarke, Laszlo Zentai and Anne Ruas

As in every group, also an EC meeting develops group dynamics: There are some who are reluctant, some who are cautious, some who are focused, some who are very well organised and prepared and some, who need the inspiration of the meeting itself to order their thoughts and opinions.

It is amazing to see that there can be a tough discussion with very emotional and opposing arguments but a friendly, calm atmosphere right after that. It is amazing to see that there can be fun and jokes and sharing of stories of private life as well. It is amazing to see, that what all EC members have in common, is their commitment towards cartography and their belief in the importance of the International Cartographic Association. They take responsibility, not because they have been forced to do so, but because they are convinced of the importance of being an EC member. Some of them spend private money and dedicate precious time, which they need to be prepared to argue when they are asked from their boss to justify such a travel. Most of them have leading roles in their respective professional backgrounds and are still able to make themselves available for all kind of roles which might be needed in a volunteer organisation.

They, this is Secretary-General Laszlo Zentai, Past-President William Cartwright, Vice-Presidents Anne Ruas, Derek Clarke, Tim Trainor, Menno-Jan Kraak, Yaolin Liu, Paulo Menezes and Sukendra Martha.

– Georg Gartner

President’s Blog: Rio is prepared!

Rio awaits you for the ICC2015!

The deadline for submitting papers for the upcoming International Cartographic Conference 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, has passed. We are excited to see that an unexpected high number of submissions have been received!

Now the Scientific Committee under the chairmanship of Prof Claudia Robbi Sluter (University of Parana) will look into the quality of the submissions by reviewing every single entry. With this a selection of submissions to the various publication media including Journals, Book and Proceedings will be proposed and authors will get feedback on how they can improve their submissions. Altogether we all can expect a great programme with exciting contributions and sessions, which fits into the impression the Executive Committee just recently got, when they visited the site of the conference and Rio de Janeiro. Our Brazilian Colleagues are working hard, professional and committed. Also the website of the City Administration of Rio de Janeiro is reporting about the visit: ICC 2015 is seen as the highlight for the city inbetween the World Soccer Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games 2016!

Make sure your company, your institution and of course yourself is present at next year’s ICC 2015!

– Georg Gartner

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Invitation to ICC Workshop MAPPING EPHEMERALITIES / EPHEMERAL CARTOGRAPHIES

Logo of the ICA Commission on Art & Cartography
The ICA commissions on Art & Cartography and on Maps and Society are co-organizing a workshop entitled MAPPING EPHEMERALITIES / EPHEMERAL CARTOGRAPHIES in Rio de Janeiro, August 21-22, 2015 (prior to ICC2015). This workshop aims to bring together artists, scholars and students from cartography, geography, the humanities and the arts who are interested in exploring further the relationships between maps and ephemeral dimensions of places.

The deadline to submit proposals for this workshop is December 15, 2014.

Please find more details here:

President’s Blog: International Journal of Cartography (IJC)

Cover of the International Journal of CartographyThe International Cartographic Association (ICA) has partnered with Taylor and Francis to establish a new international journal that will promote research in the fields of Cartography and GI Science: The International Journal of Cartography (IJC).

The ICA sees this partnership and the provision of a quality international peer-reviewed journal as an important tool that will contribute to the ICA’s goal of advancing Cartography and GI Science.

The ICA has taken an initiative to establish the International Journal of Cartography (IJC) to provide the international research community with a vehicle to report and disseminate the outcomes of research in our wide field of endeavours.

The journal is co-edited by William Cartwright and Anne Ruas. It has 4 Associate Editors: Lynn Usery, Gennady Andrienko, Elri Liebenberg and Zhilin Li – and an international advisory board.

All submissions and reviewing for papers submitted to the International Journal of Cartography are handled electronically through the Taylor and Francis online facility. This facility manages the paper-handling process from submission, to review and revision to publishing.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, authors should access the journal website at: http://www.edmgr.com/tica/

Thank you in advance for your future support of the International Journal of Cartography!

– Georg Gartner

eCARTO News October 2014

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

The New Technology of Mapping

  • 7 sky-bound robots mapping every square inch of earth – bizjournals.com
  • Advanced scanning equipment used to map USS Utah – kitv.com
  • NavVis performs Google-like 3D mapping, but quicker – gizmag.com
  • Microsoft’s Kinect aids in ‘augmented reality sand’ mapping tool – c4ismet.com
  • NIST’s new laser technology allows high-definition 3D mapping at a distance – gizmag.com
  • GeoSLAM and CSIRO partner for 3D mapping technology – foodmag.com.au
  • 3D Robotics Releases $5400 Unmanned Aerial Systems for Mapping – sparpointgroup.com

Industry News

  • TomTom And deCarta Join Forces To Take On Google Maps – searchengineland.com
  • Nokia expands HERE mapping to broader Android market – zdnet.com
  • Apple’s latest attempt to fix its Maps problem – cnbc.com
  • Apple steps up fight against Google Maps with indoor directions – cultofmac.com
  • Build Smart Mapping Apps for Windows Desktop, Windows Store, and Windows Phone – directionsmag.com
  • Blue Water Satellite to Develop Spectral Imaging Tools Using Google Maps for Work Cloud Mapping – spatialnews.geocomm.com

Mapping Nature

  • Starlings: Mapping and modelling the ballet of the skies – bbc.com
  • Mapping risk areas to reduce the impact of natural disasters – cordis.europa.eu
  • New seafloor map reveals thousands of seamounts – earthsky.org
  • Arctic mapping problems ‘disappointing,’ say opposition MPs – cbc.ca

Urban Cartography

  • Uncharted territory: mapping the world’s forgotten cities – scmp.com
  • Edinburgh: Mapping the City – bbc.com
  • Mapping website highlights the pitfalls of cycling routes – vancouversun.com
  • Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan – citylab.com
  • Private mailmen are mapping Brazil’s slums by hand because Google Maps can’t – theverge.com
  • Noise mapping of Thiruvananthapuram within next 6 months – thehindu.com
  • Accurately Mapping Mongolia’s Sprawling Capital With Satellite Imagery – spatialnews.geocomm.com
  • Mapping the UK’s housing wealth – citymetric.com

Mapping History

  • Mapping the USA’s diversity from 1960-2060 – usatoday.com
  • North, south, east and west: paper maps save pieces of Queensland’s history – abc.net.au
  • Stonehenge: digital mapping reveals the true picture – theiet.org
  • Why do people love Ordnance Survey maps? – bbc.com
  • Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age – amazon.com

Cartographers

  • Nokia gets new head for Here mapping unit – zdnet.com
  • “I map, therefore I am.” The importance of location to modern Society – mcgill.ca
  • How This Man Is Using Google To Make The Philippines Safer When Typhoons Hit – businessinsider.com.au

Cooperative Cartography

  • China to help Guyana with mineral mapping – stabroeknews.com
  • NGA releases unclassified mapping tool for Ebola relief – fcw.com
  • The Missing Maps project is mapping developing cities to curb the spread of ebola – citymetric.com

Cartographic Curiosities

Mapping Challenges

  • Mapping 13 Key Locations in the 1969 Manson Family Murders – la.curbed.com
  • China deploys troops and fighter jets in response to unauthorised flight – theguardian.com
  • Astronomers Create First 3D Map Of Hidden Universe – huffingtonpost.com
  • Mapping the U.S.-led military effort against ISIS – ctvnews.ca
  • Tiger survival: mapping poaching and trafficking hotspots – theguardian.com

 

Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015

Big Miracle by Little Hands by Karina Balitskaya (13), Russia

“Big Miracle by Little Hands” by Karina Balitskaya (13), Russia

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Cartographic Association and the Commission on Cartography and Children, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the next Barbara Petchenik Map Competition 2015, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

In 2015, this biannual international award has a special connotation, because it is organized on the frame of activities programmed within the International Map Year. The theme for the 2015 competition remains the same: “My place in today’s world” and the entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6–8 years, 9–12 years and 13–15 years. The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2015. Details can be found in the rules document.

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 27th International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 23–28 August 2015. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Also there will be a public vote open to all participants for a dedicated public prize. If you are interested in using children maps in your context, e.g. with publications, we would like to encourage you to contact us.

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the Petchenik section on the ICA website, the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children or their Facebook page.

Yours sincerely,

Georg Gartner (President of the ICA)
José Jesús Reyes Nunez (Chair of the Commission on Cartography and Children)

A place for maps in the human brain

Figure Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014

Figure by Mattias Karlén

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine honors the discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. These efforts are crucial for many research agendas in the cartographic community concerned with cognitive processes and impact-oriented maps.

Recent investigations with brain imaging techniques, as well as studies of patients undergoing neurosurgery, have provided evidence that place and grid cells exist also in humans. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex are frequently affected at an early stage, and these individuals often lose their way and cannot recognize the environment. Knowledge about the brain’s positioning system may, therefore, help us understand the mechanism underpinning the devastating spatial memory loss that affects people with this disease.

The discovery of the brain’s positioning system represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of how ensembles of specialized cells work together to execute higher cognitive functions. It has opened new avenues for understanding other cognitive processes, such as memory, thinking and planning.

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Announcement of the 10th Jubilee Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

The ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage announces its 10th Jubilee Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage to be held at Corfu, Greece, on 27–29 May 2015 hosted by the History Department of the Ionian University, a supporting institution of our commission.

The central building of the University, Ionian Academy, 1824

The central building of the University,
Ionian Academy, 1824

The Historical Archives of Corfu/General State Archives of Greece, Old Fortress, 1545–1555

The Historical Archives of Corfu/General State Archives of Greece, Old Fortress, 1545–1555

The venues of the workshop are the Aula Magna of the Ionian University (at the historic building of the Ionian Academy, 1824) and the Corfu Historical Archives / General State Archives of Greece (at the Old Fortress, 1545–1555).

Please find more information on the workshop’s website, which is continuously updated: http://xeee.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Corfu_2015.htm

Please feel free to forward the workshop announcement. I wish to see you all in Corfu in late Spring 2015,

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

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