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Invitation to the 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping Empires Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford are happy to invite you to their joint international symposium Mapping Empires – Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. This is already the 7th event in a series of two-yearly symposia on the History of Cartography.

  • Date: 13–15 September 2018
  • Place: Weston Library, Oxford, UK

To explore the city, its surroundings and its cartographic heritage, optional technical and social tours are planned.

Call for Contributions

The organizers invite contributions (papers and posters) investigating the cartography of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas as influenced by cosmopolitan exploration and imperialistic activity during, but not limited to, the ‘long nineteenth century’ (mid-18th to mid-20th centuries). The rise of European hegemony coincided with a scientific turn that underpinned the evolution of topographic mapping and hydrographic charting, and  led to the emergence of thematic mapping. These colonial cartographies brought forth a rich legacy of mapping that continues to influence the aesthetics and authority of mapmaking today.

  • Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2018

As with previous international symposia the organizers plan to publish accepted and presented papers and posters in the ICA series “History of Cartography” by Springer (Heidelberg et al.); for the recently published Proceedings of the previous 6th International Symposium held in Dubrovnik in October 2016 please see www.springer.com/us/book/9783319615141

For more information on the symposium and for the submission of abstracts please visit mappingempires.icaci.org

Atlases, Cognition, Usability: ICA Commissions Workshop in Olomouc, Czech Republic

The ICA Commission on Atlases in cooperation with the ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization and the ICA Commission on Use, User and Usability Issues invite to a Joint Workshop in Olomouc, Czech Republic on April 27-30, 2018.

Although every atlas is intended for its users, cartographers should pay attention to the fundamental cognitive and usability issues of the product. The joint workshop addresses strengthening existing research on topics related to atlases, cognitive and usability issues and provides a platform for joint cooperation between cartographers dealing with atlases, cognitive, and user issues that will lead to new collaborations, new ideas and new friendships.

The workshop sessions will be managed as either oral presentation of research contribution or discussion motions where cartographer from each commission can present their ideas to the members of all three commissions and other workshop participants and invite further discussion from the audience.

Participants may also choose from some practical workshops. Optional guided tours to the romantic water cruise on the underground Punkva River and visit the Macocha Abyss, the largest gorge in the Central Europe, or a visit to the Moravian Cartographic Center.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open for submissions of abstracts on any topic of merit addressing at least one of the subjects of Atlases & Cognition & Usability. Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2018.

For more information, please consult the workshop website: spring2018.upol.cz

eCARTO News September 2017

eCARTO News captures 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.

ICA Facebook Posts

About Maps

Maps – The Digital Realm

Cartographic Resources

Opinion

  • Is Aerial Image Company in South Jordan the new Google Earth? – ksl.com
  • New study: Global geographic information system market to witness +10% CAGR and estimated to reach 9+billion USD during 2017 – 2022 – whatech.com

Cartographic Publications

Industry News

Historical Atlases and Globes

People into Cartography

Cartography and the Environment

On a Lighter Note

President’s blog: International Map Year presented as highlight at UN-GGIM meeting

The International Map Year has been mentioned during the 7th UN-GGIM meeting in New York, 2-5 August. Anthony K. Milne, current chair of the UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies (formerly JBGIS), presented highlights of activities and stated the following:

In the year since the Committee of Experts last met, UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies have been very active. I’m pleased to report the following selective highlights: […] The International Cartographic Association ran a very successful campaign on the International Map Year, which was endorsed by the UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies and the UN-GGIM Committee of Experts. This program aimed to make maps more visible to and understood by decision-makers, citizens and school children in the global context.
– Anthony Milne

Anthony K. Milne (IEEE GRSS) talking about the Map Year at the 7th UN-GGIM meeting

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

Minutes of the ICA Extraordinary General Assembly 2017 are available now

Menno-Jan Kraak and the Executive Committee at the Extraordinary General Assembly 2017

The Minutes of the ICA Extraordinary General Assembly 2017 are available on the ICA website. The main item of the Extraordinary General Assembly was the change of the ICA Statutes. Some of the suggestions were accepted by the Extraordinary General Assembly. The updated version of the Statutes is available here. The French translation of the General Assembly minutes and the French translation of the Statutes will be added later.

– László Zentai
Secretary-General and Treasurer of the ICA

Category: General News

Call for Articles: “A Terrible Mother Of Invention” – Cartographic Progress during World War I (1914-18)

To commemorate the centenary of the end of what then was called the ‘Great War to end all wars’ (H.G. Wells 1914) from a cartographical perspective, the International Journal of Cartography (IJoC) has invited the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography to guest edit a special issue to appear in November 2018.

The emphasis of the special issue will be on how the first truly global and industrialized war helped to emerge new ways to capture survey data, speed up processing and printing and, last but not least, introducing significant map series. For that focus on technologies and resulting cartographic products, maps on diplomacy and propaganda are intentionally outside the scope of the special issue.

Alongside already solicited contributions the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography does invite expressions of interest by way of submitting brief abstracts on two categories of articles:

  • Overview papers of national scope (about 10-16 pages in print according to the IJoC guidelines on the manuscript) and
  • Papers on special topics (about 4-8 pages in print) either with a regional focus (e.g. the Gallipoli Campaign) or a topical focus (e.g. emergence of aeronautical charts).

For overview papers of national scope special consideration will be given to the following national cartographies of war:

  • United Kingdom (Western Front and other theatres of war)
  • France (Western Front and other theatres of war)
  • Russia (Eastern Europe and Caucasus Front)
  • Italy
  • Japan

To conceptualize a contribution please note that each page in the special issue equals about 700 words, will be printed in full color and that thus a half page size figure takes up about 350 words.

Abstracts should be up to 500 words, plus a brief biographical notice. Abstracts (and subsequently accepted articles) should be written in English.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions of abstracts: October 17, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance for the Special Issue: October 31, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions of manuscript, incl. all attachments (figures): March 31, 2018

All questions and submissions should be sent electronically to the guest editor: Prof. Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt (Chair of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography)

eCARTO News August 2017

eCARTO News captures 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.

ICA Facebook Posts

  • Eclipse maps of the past show the evolution of science and civilization – qz.com
  • The lie of the land: when map makers get it wrong – in pictures – theguardian.com
  • Map Projections: Flatten the Sphere – gisgeography.com
  • Map Scale: Scale Bar, Inset Map and Ratio Text – gisgeography.com

Applications

  • Maps Show How Water Can Be a Precious Lifeline—or a Deadly Weapon – news.nationalgeographic.com
  • Scientists finally know what is causing underwater ‘fairy circles’ — and it’s not good – inhabitat.com
  • The same technology used in self-driving cars is also discovering ancient civilizations – qz.com
  • Google Follows Galileo In Mapping The Sky – forbes.com

Representations of Place

Maps – The Digital Realm

Cartographic Resources

Opinion

Esoteric Cartographic Applications

Industry News

Historical Maps

  • Mapping the Menacing Sea Monsters in Medieval and Renaissance Cartography – ancient-origins.net
  • Border wars: How European colonisers used maps to build empires in India – scroll.in
  • One of the first examples of a local nautical map from Hispanic America – heritagedaily.com
  • Search on for ‘Holy Grail’ of Nelson maps – nelsonstar.com
  • Collector analyses depiction of Holy Land under Ottomans by cartographers, travellers – jordantimes.com
  • Not on the map: cartographic omission from New England to Palestine – theguardian.com

People into Cartography

Recipients of the ICA Map Awards 2017

At the biennial International Cartographic Conferences, ICA organizes an International Map Exhibition, where map products originating from ICA member countries are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in six categories; in addition, there is also a public vote.

The international jury this year at ICC2017 was chaired by Kenneth Field (UK), who is also the Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Design. Further jury members were: 

  • Antoni Moore, New Zealand
  • David Fairbairn, United Kingdom
  • Paulo Menezes, Brazil
  • William Cartwright, Australia
  • Lorenz Hurni, Switzerland
  • Dirk Burghardt, Germany
  • Dušan Petrovič, Slovenia
  • Serena Coetzee, South Africa
  • Rosemary Wardley, USA (LOC)

Please find the winners of the ICA Map Awards 2017 below.

Atlases

3rd place: Grand Topographic Atlas of Catalonia 1:25,000 (China)

3rd: Grand Topographic Atlas of Catalonia 1:25,000 (Institut Cartografic i Geologic de Catalunya)

2nd place: Tactile Atlas of Switzerland (Switzerland)

2nd place: Tactile Atlas of Switzerland (Switzerland)

1st place: The National Atlas of Korea I (Republic of Korea)

A comprehensive, large format and very detailed atlas. The maps are well proportioned, clear and discernible. The highest quality throughout, accompanied by considerable graphs, accompanying text and infographics.

1st place: The National Atlas of Korea I (Republic of Korea)

Public Vote: Swiss World Atlas 2017 Ed. (Switzerland)

Public Vote: Swiss World Atlas 2017 Ed. (Switzerland)

Digital products

3rd place & Public Vote: Atlas of Switzerland online (Switzerland)

3rd place & Public Vote: Atlas of Switzerland online (Switzerland)

2nd place: Augmented Reality App Swissarena (Switzerland)

2nd place: Augmented Reality App Swissarena (Switzerland)

1st place: Minecraft® on Demand (France)

A wonderful mix of the real world and the popular world of Minecraft. An innovative idea that is superbly executed. Intuitive and playable cartography!

1st place: Minecraft® on Demand (France)
 

Educational cartographic products

3rd place & Public Vote: 3D Relief of Czechia (Czechia)

3rd place and public vote: 3D Relief of Czechia (Czechia)

2nd place: Historical Atlas of Poland for blind and visually impaired (Poland)

2nd place: Historical Atlas of Poland for blind and visually impaired (Poland)

1st place: genderATlas goes school (Austria)

A very well thought through mini-atlas that explores gender issues for women and men. This version specifically aimed at school children to promote understanding of equality and support research initiatives.

1st place: genderATlas goes school (Austria)
 

Other cartographic products

3rd place: Canton Berne – 3D printed Terrain Model, 1:25,000 (Switzerland)

3rd place: Canton Berne – 3D printed Terrain Model, 1:25,000 (Switzerland)

2nd place & Public Vote: Canal Full Map Long Scroll (China)

2nd place & public vote: 2nd place Canal Full Map Long Scroll (China)

2nd place & public vote: 2nd place Canal Full Map Long Scroll (China)

1st place: Psychogeography in the age of the quantified self (Germany)

Personal cartographies modelled from mental maps and movement data. A stylish form that builds art from the digital capture of our everyday activities.

1st place: Psychogeography in the age of the quantified self (Germany)
 

Charts on panels

3rd place: IFR Enroute Low Altitude – Alaska L-1 (Esri)

3rd place: IFR Enroute Low Altitude - Alaska L-1 (Esri)

2nd place: Stavanger Harbor with Seaward approaches (chart no. 455) (Norway)

2nd place: Stavanger Harbor with Seaward approaches (chart no. 455) (Norway)

1st place: Zhenghe Navigational Chart with an Ancient vs. Modern Comparison (China)

Innovative representation displaying two contrasting but exquisite cartographic styles, complemented by the rich, high quality materials.

1st place: Zhenghe Navigational Chart with an Ancient vs. Modern Comparison (China)

Public Vote: VFR Aeronautical Chart of the Republic of Slovenia (Slovenia)

Public vote: VFR Aeronautical Chart of the Republic of Slovenia (Slovenia)
 

Maps on panels

3rd place: Jenny Lake Hiking Map (USA)

3rd place: Jenny Lake Hiking Map (USA)

2nd place: The Olivine Wilderness (New Zealand)

2nd place: The Olivine Wilderness (New Zealand)

1st place: Relief MASSIF DU MONT BLANC (France)

A beautiful moulded model of Mont Blanc. The map content is well printed, avoiding significant stretching, yielding an evocative 3D, detailed product.

1st place: Relief MASSIF DU MONT BLANC (France)

Public Vote: Blue and White Dream (China)

Public vote: Blue and White Dream (China)
 

Congratulations to all winners!

All winners will be contacted to be featured in our Map of the Month section over the course of the next two years. For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2015, please check the PDF catalogue.

Photos and jury statements provided by Ken Field.

Winners of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2017

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. The competition is first organized on a national level. The national winners can then compete in the international round, which takes place during the International Cartographic Conferences. This year at ICC2017, 193 drawings from 34 countries were exhibited. An international jury selected 12 winners in 4 categories. There was also a public vote and two creativity awards. Please find the wonderful results below.

Winners <6 years

Crafting Our Dreams on the Land of Indonesia by Kenya Kesuma Dewi (5)

1st: Crafting Our Dreams on the Land of Indonesia by Kenya Kesuma Dewi (5)

Map of Life by Taja Koša (5)

2nd: Map of Life by Taja Koša (5)

My Happy World by Alicia Fleming (5)

3rd: My Happy World by Alicia Fleming (5)

 

Winners 6–8 years

Map, Communicate with the world by Oh Eun Ju (8)

1st: Map, Communicate with the world by Oh Eun Ju (8)

The World is in our hands by Preslava Ivanova (8)

2nd: The World is in our hands by Preslava Ivanova (8)

Drawing Maps by Beatrice Leoutsakou (8)

3rd: Drawing Maps by Beatrice Leoutsakou (8)

 

Winners 9–12 years

Oronce Fine through our eyes by Noemi Sanchez Avramova & Alba Serrano Suarez (12)

1st: Oronce Fine through our eyes by Noemi Sanchez Avramova & Alba Serrano Suarez (12)

Happy Earth by Okubo Kasumi (9)

2nd: Happy Earth by Okubo Kasumi (9)

We love maps by Klara Zagórska (11)

3rd: We love maps by Klara Zagórska (11)

 

Winners >12 years

We Love Maps by Ioana Larisa Guriţǎ (13)

1st: We Love Maps by Ioana Larisa Guriţǎ (13)

Through a Child's Eyes by Rebecca Kneale & Akira McTavish-Huriwai (15)

2nd: Through a Child’s Eyes by Rebecca Kneale & Akira McTavish-Huriwai (15)

World Map by Micaela Mendoz (15)

3rd: World Map by Micaela Mendoz (15)

 

Winner of the public vote

Maps – Our Path for Exploration by Champ Turner (15)

Public vote: Maps – Our Path for Exploration by Champ Turner (15)

 

Creativity Award

The Creativity Award was presented for the first time this year by the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography.

Trumps World by Phoebe McClean

Creativity Award: Trumps World by Phoebe McClean

Friends by Urtėja Kardašiūtė

Creativity Award: Friends by Urtėja Kardašiūtė

Jury

The jury members were

Members of the jury

  • Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez, Spain – Chair
  • Ana María Garra, Argentina
  • Paulo Menezes, Brazil
  • Temenoujka Bandrova, Bulgaria
  • Dariusz Dukaczewski, Poland
  • Necla Ulugtekin, Turkey
  • Naeema Al Hosani, United Arab Emirates
  • Rob Edsall, USA
  • Carla Sena, Brazil and Jesus Reyes, Hungary – Substitute Members
  • Peter van der Krogt, The Netherlands – International Coordinator

 

Congratulations to all winners! Also a huge thank you to all participating children, their parents, teachers and national organizers.

Honorary Fellowship for William Cartwright

William Cartwright receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipWilliam Cartwright receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDuring ICC 2017, William Cartwright received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Georg Gartner‘s laudation:

It is with great pleasure that I write in recognition of Professor Cartwright’s international status in the world of cartography and beyond.

Professor Cartwright has achieved an undoubted exceptional international reputation for his work with cartography and is highly regarded as a world leading expert on the field of cartography and GIScience in general. As a president and past-president of the International Cartographic Association he has significantly contributed to the self-understanding and the respected position of modern cartography. The definition of sustainable subject cores in relation to quickly changing innovations needs internationally recognized and accepted experts, being able to give orientation in this respect, of which Professor Cartwright is one of the leading ones.

As we have been both members of the international expert group in the “Cybercartography and the new economy” project, the Editorial Team of the Book Series “Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography”, the Scientific Adivsory Board of various Conferences and Symposia I had the opportunity to get into close contact with the expertise of Professor Cartwright in many respects, which lead also to Guest Professorships at Vienna, joined projects and joined scientific publications. It was not only remarkable to see, how Professor Cartwright’s guides scientific developments to international visible and significant outcomes but also to witness Professor Cartwright’s devotion to his work and discipline. I was impressed especially by the general understanding of science and research of Professor Cartwright. He literally “lives” interdisciplinarity and cross-subject knowledge finding, which makes Professor Cartwright an outstanding person and researcher.

As Vice-President (2003–2007), President (2007–2011) and Past-President (2011–2015) Professor Cartwright has steered the International Cartographic Association into a modern international organisation. He has established a number of innovative instruments and changes which prove to be a benefit for the international community. His exceptional acceptance by the scientific community helped essentially to reach out to neighbouring disciplines, where through the work of Professor Cartwright the respect and acceptance of cartography and ICA has been lifted. As chair of the Joined Board of Geospatial Information Sciences (2011–2013) he was actively involved in the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management and has been adopted to the UN Committee of Experts.

In summary, I have deep respect for the scientist, the cartographer and the person Professor Cartwright. He is an exceptional researcher and scientist, he is an extraordinary ambassador of Australia in a unique and positive way and he has contributed to the International Cartographic Association in a most relevant way.

It is a great pleasure for me to hand over the ICA Honory Fellowship in person to Professor Dr William Cartwright.

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