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President’s Blog: Call for papers for ICC2015

icc2015

The most important date in 2015 for all cartographers and GI scientists is 23–28 August 2015, when the International Cartographic Conference will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 November 2014!

This is to remind all of us working in cartography and GI Science to prepare our papers or abstracts accordingly, so that we can share our concepts, ideas and results at the conference. You are able to indicate, if you want your submission to be reviewed as full paper and thus qualify eventually for a journal or book publication as well as for a presentation or you prefer a review based on the abstract and qualify for the presentation sessions and proceedings.

Please check out all details on www.icc2015.org

Whatever you are up for, it is most important, that all of us are contributing actively by submitting papers and abstracts, so that the conference can be a true platform of those working in cartography and GIScience and reflect the relevance, attractiveness and innovative character of our domain.

– Georg Gartner

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President’s Blog: New members

I am happy to announce two new members of ICA.

Trinidad & Tobago has decided to join ICA as national member. The Ministry of Land and Marine Resources Division on Survey and Mapping, based in El Soccoro, Trinidad and Tobago has the mission on “contributing to the development and economic success of Trinidad and Tobago by adopting new technologies and by providing up-to-date and authoritative maps, charts, land and sea information, in conventional paper and progressively in digital form to meet the needs of the government, the general public and the private sector” and felt that a full national membership with ICA will be a benefit for being able to follow this mission up.

My specific thank goes to Mrs. Paula Drakes from the Land Settlement Agency of the Ministry of Land and Marine Resources of Trinidad and Tobago. She has participated in the successful ICA Workshop on OpenSource Technologies and WebMapping early in the year 2014 at Sint-Maarten and has since then followed the idea of full cooperation up.

A heartly welcome to Trindidad & Tobago!

HERE Europe B.V. has decided to join ICA as affiliate member! HERE is a Nokia company and considers itself a global leader in the mapping and location intelligence business. Rooted in almost three decades of experience in cartography, their vision is about to offer the world’s best maps and location experiences across multiple screens and operating systems. HERE is working on the idea, that giving people a better and deeper sense of location will be essential to live a modern urbanized life. Map Products of HERE can be found in the majority of current navigation systems as well as in mobile, web and enterprise solutions of companies like BMW, Garmin, Toyota, Yahoo and many more.

It is for sure a win-win situation, if such a big and strong mapping company, aiming for producing the “world’s best maps” and the international network of the International Cartographic Association meets and can work together.

My specific thanks goes to Mrs. Astrid Dawson from HERE. She has participated at the ICC 2009 in Santiago de Chile and since then stayed in close contact with ICA, although she was promoted with NOKIA and later HERE to responsible positions.

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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Obituary: Ramón Lorenzo Martínez

Ramón Lorenzo Martínez

Ramón Lorenzo Martínez (photo by SECFT)

It is with great sorrow that ICA received the sad news that Mr. Ramón Lorenzo Martínez passed away.

Mr. Ramón Lorenzo Martínez was a distinguished engineer and cartographer. He was the first director of the Regional Service of the National Geographical Institute in Galicia (A Coruña). He served further in the National Center for Geographic Information in Madrid, Spain and as Director of the Publication Centre of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works.

Mr. Ramón Lorenzo Martínez was highly respected in the International Cartographic Community. He was one of the faces of Spanish cartography as President of the Spanish Society of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SECFT) since 1996 and very well established within the International Cartographic Association (ICA) through his various roles in the Executive Committee (as Vice-President of the ICA from 2003 to 2007), in the conference organisation of the 22th International Cartographic Conference in La Coruna 2005, as well as most competent cartographer.

We will honour his memory.

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eCARTO News September 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

  • 27th International Cartographic Conference & 16th General Assembly – icc2015.org
  • The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) – ggim.un.org
  • Now that’s a world wide web! Map reveals EVERY connected device in the world – dailymail.co.uk
  • Today’s Mapping Industry Really Does Need To Please All People, All Of The Time – gpsbusinessnews.com
  • Mapping the world all over again – wired.co.uk

Applications

  • Mapping Migration in the United States – nytimes.com
  • BC First Nations mapping territories on Google Earth – beaconnews.ca
  • Scientists Scramble to Map Previously Unknown Fault That Caused Napa Quake – mashable.com
  • Earthquake! Man 3D Prints USGS Earthquake Data for Last Month’s Napa Quake & it’s Quite Earth Shattering – 3dprint.com
  • World’s rainforests could be mapped in 3D at high resolution by 2020 for under $250M – news.mongabay.com
  • Mapping The Crowdfunding Nation – crowdfundinsider.com
  • Canada continues mapping shipping routes through the Arctic – sunnewsnetwork.ca

Industry News

  • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches – macrumors.com
  • No buyer for troubled mapping company – stuff.co.nz
  • Leica Geosystems Releases ALS80 Next Generation LIDAR Mapping Solution With Market-Leading Productivity – amerisurv.com
  • Topcon Releases Two New UAS for Aerial Mapping, Touts RTK Solution – sparpointgroup.com
  • Apple Maps Represents 70% Of UK Mapping Traffic According To UK Cell Data Provider – searchengineland.com
  • Mapping Startup CartoDB Raises $8M To Aim At Being A Geospatial Standard – techcrunch.com

Innovative Cartography

Education and Resources

Spatially Challenging Cartography

  • Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit – npr.org
  • Science Graphic of the Week: Mapping Mars’ Missing Ice – wired.com
  • New Map Locates Milky Way in Neighborhood of 100,000 Galaxies – news.nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping the World’s Migrating Ocean Pollution – citylab.com
  • Google ‘street view’ maps coral reefs off Florida – rt.com
  • Mapping the cloud: Where does the public cloud actually live? – networkworld.com
  • Satellite Mapping Shows Ice Caps’ Faster Melt Rate – truthdig.com
  • Crowdfunded news-site uncovers ISIS training camp using online mapping tools – boingboing.net
  • Universal map accuracy will be crucial to autonomous vehicles, transport official says – autonews.com
  • Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping – news.nationalgeographic.com

Mobile Mapping

  • Cartographer: Google’s Indoor Mapping Backpack – geekexchange.com
  • Nokia Plans to Unfurl New Mobile Map App – online.wsj.com
  • Apollo Hospitals launches ECG mapping mobile device – asianage.com
  • Baidu Invests $10M In Mapping Software Maker IndoorAtlas – techcrunch.com
  • Mobile Mapping Technology Helps Build Stronger and Healthier Communities in Los Angeles – kcet.org

Map Apps

  • Nokia’s Here Maps Its Future On Samsung With Its First Android And Tizen Apps – techcrunch.com

Cartographers

Health Cartography

  • Mapping Ebola Outbreaks: Area of Infection Is Way Bigger Than Previously Thought – news.vice.com
  • WHO report maps global suicide problem for the first time – google.com.au
  • Central African Republic: CAR – Experts Start Mapping Families’ Access to Food – allafrica.com
  • Mapping the web of disease in Nairobi’s invisible city – newscientist.com

Cartographic Opinion

Cartographic Challenges

  • Taiwan to finish mapping disputed South China Sea islands – focustaiwan.tw
  • Foreign national deported for illegal mapping – ecns.cn
  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row – france24.com

President’s Blog: JBGIS

The International Cartographic Association has close relationships to neighbouring domains and their international organisations, we even call them sister societies. This goes as far as having joint activities, including e.g.

  • a Joint Working Group on Toponomy with IGU,
  • an International Board for Standards of Competence (IBSC) of FIG, IHO and ICA,
  • joint sessions at the vice versa conferences with the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS),
  • joined interests and participation at the events of the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM), the International Map Industry Association (IMIA), the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) or the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI).

All those organizations have their particular aims and scope, interests and activities. But all of them have also an interest to cooperate and eventually synchronize activities. This is the role of JBGIS.

The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS)

Members of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies in 2012

Members of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies in 2012


JBGIS logoJBGIS is a coalition of recognized international geospatial organizations involved in the coordination, development, management, standardization or regulation of geospatial information and related matters, represented by the presidents, secretary‐generals or equivalent office bearers or their nominees that lead those organizations.

This coalition becomes especially important when the “geo domains” being represented in the JBGIS need to find one voice, as e.g. in the context of United Nation activities or other international and interdisciplinary frameworks. It is therefore of importance to ICA, that the JBGIS is recognized by the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

William Cartwright

Former JBGIS chair William Cartwright

The JBGIS chair position rotates between the member organizations. It happens to be, that our Past President William Cartwright was elected chair of the JBGIS 2011. Due to the fact, that his leadership was unanimously perceived as crucial for the further development of JBGIS he was asked to prolongate his term as chairs twice until 2014, which was an exceptionally affair, giving him as well as ICA a most prominent profile in this respect.

In the latest JBGIS Meeting in August 2014 the chair position of William Cartwright was taken over by IAG President Chris Rizos. I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Past-President William Cartwright for his excellent work in this respect.

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

President’s Blog: ICA Research Scholarships

Are you a young scientist?
Is your research topic linkable with the ICA Research Agenda and an ICA Commission?
Do you need support?

I would like to point your interest to a new instrument of ICA, the ICA Research Scholarships.

With this we would like to reach the following aims:

  • to foster academic research in the domain of Cartography and GIScience
  • to establish contact between young scientists and ICA Commissions
  • to support young scientists to be able to actively contribute to ICA activities and events, such as especially International Cartographic Conferences
  • to establish opportunities for young scientists within ICA publications and conferences

Interested? Information about how to apply can be found in the document
ICA Research Scholarships 2014/2015.

We are looking forward to hear from you!

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

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