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eCARTO News November 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.

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Just Maps


Cartographic Training

Cartography Publications & Resources

Cartography and Place

Fringe Thinking

  • The Flat Earth – bbc.com
  • New Public Transit Map Series Launches with London Underground – archdaily.com

Digital Cartography

  • The battle for territory in digital cartography – economist.com
  • Global Electronic Cartography System Market 2017- Honeywell Aerospace, Jeppesen, Navionics – dailycommercenews.com
  • ArcMap 10.2: Landsat Band Composite and NDVI Calculation – youtube.com
  • How to convert Excel to GIS data in QGIS using Spreadsheet Layers plugin – monde-geospatial.com
  • Electronic Cartography System Market Analysis In Electronics Segment 2017 – technopow.com
  • Garmin® announces the ultimate connected boating experience with the introduction of the ActiveCaptain mobile app – businesswire.com
  • Avenza Releases MAPublisher 10 For Adobe Illustrator – gisuser.com/2017


  • Inside the Invention of the the Modern News Illustration and Infographic Map – time.com
  • The cartographers – dukechronicle.com
  • Workshops hope to inspire Indigenous youth to get involved in mapping – cbc.ca
  • This 20-Year-Old Designs Some of the Internet’s Best Maps – inverse.com

Cartographic Change

  • The CIA Is Celebrating Its Cartography Division’s 75th Anniversary by Sharing Declassified Maps – smithsonianmag.com
  • The Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before – npr.org

Invitation to the 13th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences, since 2006, is organising the 13th Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) in Madrid, Spain, 18-20 April 2018, in partnership with the IGN – Instituto Geográfico Nacional, supported by the SECFT – Sociedad Española de Cartografía, Fotogrametría y Teledetección, by the AUTH CartoGeoLab – Laboratory of Cartography & Geographical Analysis, and the MAGIC – Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.

The Conference programme is organised in thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects usually treated in the Conferences of the ICA Cartoheritage Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2015-2019) and the topics treated by its Working Units. In this conference a special interest is reserved to the contribution of Cartoheritage to Digital Humanities:

  • Digitisation – Georeference.
  • Content analysis in terms of geometry and thematics of cartodiversity.
  • Landscape change studies based on map-archival sources.
  • Visualisation of Cartoheritage, including thematic portals.
  • Interconnection of cartographic archival sources, especially map and textual data.
  • Historical terrestrial and aerial photography, including photo-related post-cards and relevant material – cartographic parametrisation.
  • Cartoheritage web providing issues.
  • Interaction of cartoheritage with map and geoinformation curatorship of cartodiversity.
  • Development of catoheritage as a cultural issue, within the context of GLAM, addressed to education and to the general public.
  • Geographic affinities with Cartoheritage.
  • Cartoheritage and Digital Humanities.
  • Other relevant issues of Cartoheritage ecosystem.

The Conference is kindly hosted by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional of Spain (see venue), in cooperation with the Spanish Society of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SECFT).

For more information about the conference please visit cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Madrid2018.


eCARTO News October 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

Maps – Specific Themes

Cartographic Resources


  • Electronic Cartography Market to Witness Comprehensive Growth by 2026 – findmarketresearch.org
  • Cartographers, Rejoice! Rising Ocean Levels Are On Track To Turn Australia Into An Easy-To-Draw Rhombus – clickhole.com
  • Distance Decay: How Far Are You Willing to Travel? – gisgeography.com
  • Beyond the GPS, Mapping Every Place, Everywhere – nytimes.com
  • What is the difference between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality? – geospatialworld.net
  • How Maps are Powering the Tech Revolution – bbc.com
  • Your Next Job: Map The Streets For Self-driving Cars – wired.com
  • What’s at stake in the most important Supreme Court case of the year – qz.com

Cartographic Miscellanea

Cartography and Society

  • When Cartography Meets Disaster Relief – citylab.com
  • Stanford senior wins international award for research on 19th-century cholera maps – news.stanford.edu
  • Group issues Jakarta’s integrated transit map – thejakartapost.com
  • The Crowdsourced Maps Guiding Puerto Rico’s Recovery – wired.com

People into Cartography

Fringe Thinking

  • Nearly every country on Earth is named after one of these four things – msn.com
  • Review: In ‘Lonely Planet,’ Mismatched Friends and an Unnamed Plague – nytimes.com
  • These Are the Cleverest, Weirdest Mapping Ideas Ever Patented – news.nationalgeographic.com

History through maps

Cartography Beyond The Land

  • Navigational Maps of the Five Arctic Seas will be Reissued, According to the Results of the OIS “Admiral Vladimirsky” Expedition – maritimeherald.com
  • Cartography of the Cosmos – sciencedaily.com


A n Eclectic Collection of Maps

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


  • 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


  • 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


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