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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 Timothy Trainor

Timothy Trainor receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipTimothy Trainor receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDuring ICC 2017, Timothy Trainor received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Laszlo Zentai‘s laudation:

Mr. Trainor began his ICA experience in 1987 as an active member of the Commission on National and Regional Atlases and has participated in the meetings, seminars, and workshops of the Commission. In 1995, he was selected as the Chair of the Commission and completed his term in 2007 in Moscow.

In 2007, Mr. Trainor proposed and became Chair of the ICA Census Cartography Working Group.

He also completed two terms as Vice President of the ICA in 2015. Since his term as Vice President ended, Mr. Trainor has continued to serve the ICA as a member of the Statutes and By-Laws Committee. In preparation for the 2015 ICC and General Assembly, Mr. Trainor encouraged the U.S. National Committee for the ICA to prepare a bid to host the conference in the United States. He has been an active participant of the Local Organizing Committee.

Timothy Trainor is the Chief of the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. As the Census Bureau’s chief geographer, he is responsible for directing all aspects of the division’s work related to development and implementation of geographic and cartographic activities for the United States and its territories.

He actively represented the ICA with the United Nations. Currently, Mr. Trainor represents the ICA by participating on the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management. He was elected for the co-chair of the UN GGIM Bureau in 2016.

Mr. Trainor is a member of the Geography Commission of the United States National Section of the Pan American Institute for Geography and History. He has also cultivated a close collaboration with the International Geographical Union leadership which has helped to strengthen collaboration between the two associations.

Honorary Fellowship for Anne Ruas

Anne Ruas receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipAnne Ruas receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDuring ICC 2017, Anne Ruas received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Menno-Jan Kraak‘s laudation:

Dear Ann,

It is a great pleasure to address you for this occasion to hand you the ICA Honorary Fellowship. This award is for cartographers of international reputation who have made special contribution to the ICA.

You fit this category well because during a long ICA career you have been active as Co-chair of the Commission on Generalization and Multiple representation (2003–2007), as Vice-President (2007–2015), but also you have been President of ICC 2011, Paris. And you are still committed to ICA because currently you are one of the two Editors of our International Journal of Cartography (2015–).

But what many people do not know is that you have other talents too. You are a good football player. I remember we both played in the red-team during a legendary ICA Commission match in Leicester many years ago.

Ann, I congratulate you with this honor and would like to hand you the medal and certificate now.

eCARTO News July 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.

Just Maps

ICA Facebook Posts

Appplications

Representations of Place

Tips

  • Finding the Date on a Map Image – nytimes.com
  • When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Share Your Location Using a Smartphone – nytimes.com
  • Google Earth’s New Voyager Tool Aims to Feed Our Wanderlust – nytimes.com
  • Snapchat Launches ‘Snap Map’ So You Can Track Your Mates On A Map – huffingtonpost.com.au

Cartographic Resources

Opinion

  • International Cartographic Conference much more than just cartography – gpsworld.com
  • Print Maps Give you the Big Picture-There’s Nothing like It Online – imiamaps.org
  • Geology, biology agree on Pangaea supercontinent breakup dates – sciencedaily.com
  • The battle for territory in digital cartography – economist.com
  • Slovakia fines media firms for mentioning Britain, rather the UK, during Brexit – bbc.co.uk
  • Angola: IGCA to License Cartography Companies – allafrica.com/
  • Collector analyses depiction of Holy Land under Ottomans by cartographers, travellers – .jordantimes.com
  • How Looking Back Will Help Us Predict And Prepare For The Future – lifehacker.com.au
  • The Lost Art of Natural Navigation – radiowest.kuer.org

Cartographers

  • Who needs GPS and Google? Minneapolis map publisher is ‘master of cartography’ – startribune.com
  • Persuasive cartography: an interview with map collector PJ Mode – artstor.wordpress.com
  • The Regchats to Ordnance Survey’s chief data wrangler – theregister.co.uk
  • iRobot’s CEO defends Roomba home mapping as privacy concerns arise – techcrunch.com
  • Google Maps pioneers explain what’s next, with predictive mapping in real time – afr.com
  • New York Today: Color Coding the Subway – nytimes.com
  • Anna Beek and the War of the Spanish Succession – blogs.loc.gov
  • Capucine Gros Exhibits ‘Implicit Borders: A Cartography of Free Will’ – wwd.com
  • Transplants: Highlighter cartography – dailyprogress.com
  • 2017 Alexander Dalrymple Award for Adam Greenland – hydro-international.com
  • Meet the scientist who made the beautiful maps for The Lands of Ice and Fire – winteriscoming.net

Industry News

  • Mapdiva releases Ortelius 2 – Pro Map Design Software for the Mac – prmac.com
  • Electronic Cartography System Market Growth, Trends And Demands Market Report 2022 – equityinsider.org
  • INTERGEO – bridge to a digital future – gisuser.com
  • Electronic Cartography System Market Key Players, Product and Production Information analysis and forecast to 2022 – military-technologies.net

History

Survey Assistance requested by Erin Koletsis, PhD student at RMIT University, Melbourne / University of Twente, Enschede

“The focus of Erin’s research is map literacy, and identifying the challenges map users experience when undertaking route planning, navigation and wayfinding activities. The overall aim is to develop guidelines on how maps should be designed to mitigate the challenges identified.” Erin requires your assistance in developing a global baseline of map literacy, by completing the Santa Barbara Sense of Direction Scale (SBSODS). The survey consists of three (non-identifiable) questions about your background, and the fifteen SBSODS statements. The survey will take no longer than five minutes to complete. As this is intended to be a global study, any individual above 18 years of age can participate. Therefore, if you could please pass the link to the survey on to anyone you think would be happy to complete it, it would be greatly appreciated. – surveymonkey.com/r/7HQKZC7

ICA Awards Ceremony at ICC2017

In the ICA Awards Ceremony at ICC2017, the following awards were presented in recognition of contributions to the ICA:

ICA Awardees 2017

From left to right: Igor Drecki, Cynthia Brewer, Timothy Trainor, Menno-Jan Kraak, Anne Ruas, William Cartwright, Matthew Rice, Aileen Buckley

ICA Honorary Fellowship

The ICA Honorary Fellowship is for cartographers of international reputation who have made special contribution to the ICA. It includes a bronze medal.

  • William Cartwright, Australia
  • Anne Ruas, France
    • Co-chair of the Commission on Generalization and Multiple Representation (2003–2007)
    • Vice-President (2007–2015)
    • President of ICC 2011, Paris
    • Editor of the International Journal of Cartography (2015–)
  • Timothy Trainor, USA
    • Chair or Co-chair of the Commission on National and Regional Atlases (1995–2007)
    • Chair of Census Cartography Working Group (2007–2011)
    • Vice-President (2007–2015)

Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA

The Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA are for colleagues who have made special contribution to the ICA as commission officers or conference organizers.

  • Igor Drecki, New Zealand
  • Aileen R. Buckley, USA
    • ICC2017 Organizing Committee member
  • Cynthia A. Brewer, USA
    • ICC2017 Organizing Committee member
  • Matthew Rice, USA
    • ICC2017 Organizing Committee member

 
Overview of ICA Awards presented at ICC2015

Congratulations to all awardees!

Updates by the Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

First announcement of the 13th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

The 2018 edition of the Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage – an event annually organized by the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital – will be held in Madrid, 18–20 April 2018 and kindly hosted by the National Geographical Institute of Spain. Details will follow.

e-Perimetron

The new issue of e-Perimetron is now available at e-perimetron.org. It contains the following papers:

  • T. Čelkis, V. Karpova-Čelkienė (Vilnius) Reading signs: manuscript cartography sources of the 16th-19th century from the Vilnius University Library
  • G. Mihalakopoulos (Corfu) Alexandros Massavetas’s “Going back to Constantinople-Istanbul: A City of Absences”: mapping the past and the present through literature
  • Ch. J. J. Thiry (Golden CO) GIS-based discovery interface to paper map sets
  • K. Kozica (Warsaw) Different states of the sea chart of the Gulf of Riga by Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (1534-1606) from his first sea atlas Spiegel der Zeevaert (1583 / 1585) in the Niewodniczański Collection Imago Poloniae at the Royal Castle in Warsaw
  • N. B. Piekielek (State College, PA) Best practices for georeferencing large scale historical fire insurance maps of the USA

 
More news can be found on the commission website.

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