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Join us for the 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC!
Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
New ICA poster series on Maps and Sustainable Development Goals

eCARTO News February 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.

Mapping Developments

  • Mapping: Disruption ahead! – computerworld.com
  • Professors Build AI To Help Autonomous Vehicles Locate Themselves On Maps – manufacturing.net
  • “Revolutionary” New Biodiversity Maps Reveal Big Gaps in Conservation – news.mongabay.com
  • This mapping app will keep you from getting lost even without a network connection – digitaltrends.com
  • Sensorly App Launches Crowdsourcing Feature For Tracking And Sharing Carrier Coverage And Speed – techtimes.com
  • Il sistema innovativo di rilievo mobile mapping STENCIL – rivistageomedia.it

Mapping Applications

  • Faultlines, black holes and glaciers: mapping uncharted – theguardian.com
  • Mapping Countries That Censor the Internet – theatlantic.com
  • Mapping our special places in Wales – satprnews.com
  • Rwanda forges forward with drone mapping – suasnews.com
  • Mapping the World’s Knowledge Hubs – citylab.com
  • El vídeo «mapping» de la Plaza Mayor reunió a 25.000 espectadores en tres días – abc.es

Industry News

Mapping the Past

ICA Facebook Posts

Opinion

Cartography and Society

  • Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help housing associations – theguardian.com
  • Mapping Cape Town’s Informal Minibus Taxi Network – citylab.com
  • Mapping The Collective Experience of a City – fastcodesign.com
  • Understanding Our Cities, Thanks To Beautiful Maps – forbes.com
  • Poverty Mapped in Near Real-Time Using Mobile Phone and Satellite Data – seeker.com

Mapping Beyond Terra Firma

Imagery

  • Mapping rainforest chemistry from the air reveals 36 types of forest – sciencenews.org
  • FEMA flood chief: expanding lidar’s reach boils down to cost, quality, and communicating – spar3d.com
  • PIX4D Indoor Mapping Game Plan – suasnews.com
  • High-tech maps of tropical forest diversity identify new conservation targets – sciencedaily.com
  • Visual Geocoding A Quarter Billion Global News Photographs Using Google’s Deep Learning API – forbes.com
  • Lidar used to map ancient Mayan superhighway system – extremetech.com

Mapping Oddities

  • Man checks Google Maps before picking up friend – and sees her standing in SAME spot months earlier – mirror.co.uk
  • What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps? – citylab.com
  • This Robot Will Carry Your Stuff and Follow You Everywhere – entrepreneur.com
  • Sweden uses Minecraft for urban planning – computerweekly.com
  • Tracing (and Erasing) New York’s Lines of Desire – newyorker.com

Invitation to the Joint ICC Pre-Conference Workshop Different Fields – One Cartography

The ICA Commissions on Cartography and Children, Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People and Planetary Cartography have the pleasure to invite you to a one-day workshop on July 1, prior to the 28th International Cartographic Conference.

Key dates

  • 30 March: Deadline for the submission of full papers with registration form
  • 17 April: Notification of the authors
  • 6 June: Deadline for the submission of the registration form (without full paper, only participant)
  • 1 July: Workshop at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Local Organizer: David Alvarez, JMT Technology Group (USA)

For more information, please visit the conference website: lazarus.elte.hu/~jesus/jointworkshop2017

Invitation to the 20th ICA Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

In the tradition of pre-conference workshops in association with the International Cartographic Conference (ICC) the ICA Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation will organise a workshop in Washington, United States, 1–2 July, 2017.

The workshop will explore new challenges and solutions in the domain of automated generalisation. A special focus will be set on approaches to generalise location-based social media data. The first day (1 July 2017) will be carried out as a regular workshop of the ICA Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation. For the second day we have the aim to have combined sessions with ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling and ICA Commission on Location-based Services on topics related to Scalability and Abstraction of Location-based Social Media Data and Tracking Data.

The challenges of research in Generalisation and Multiple Representation draws upon researchers and practitioners alike, working in the fields of on-demand mapping, geovisual analysis, multiple representations, data integration and generalisation of geographic information. Participants of the workshop are invited to submit research papers or positions papers.

Key dates

  • 1 March: Deadline for submission of short papers (limit 3000 words, and 8 pages including figures)
  • 17 April: Notification of acceptance of paper for presentation
  • 31 May: Deadline for submission of revised papers
  • 1–2 July: Workshop

Submission and review of short papers will be managed through EasyChair.

Workshop organizers: Dirk Burghardt, Cecile Duchene

For more information, please visit the conference website: generalisation.icaci.org/index.php/nextevents

ICA supports ICSU’s calls on the government of the United States to rescind the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”

The next International Cartographic Conference (ICC) will take place in Washington (D.C.), U.S.A. July 2–7, 2017. The recent executive order issued by the U.S. Government that might restrict cartographers from some ICA member countries to travel to ICC 2017 worries the ICA. The ICA follows the rulings of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Therefore the ICA supports ICSU’s recent call on the U.S. government to rescind the executive order to ban entry of citizens from seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria) to the U.S.A.:

Paris, 31 January 2017 — In the opinion of the Council, the Order is inappropriately broad in its scope and unfairly targets individuals based on their origin, putting it into violation of the Principle of Universality of Science, enshrined in the Council’s statutes. It is also concerned about the negative effects the Order will have on the freedom of scientific exchange among scientists and students of science worldwide, resulting in negative impacts on the progress of science, and impeding societies around the globe from benefitting from this progress.

As the world’s leading non-governmental international scientific organization, the Council promotes the Universality of Science on the basis that science is a common human endeavor that transcends national boundaries and is to be shared by all people. It believes that scientific progress results from global exchange of ideas, data, research materials and understanding of the work of others.

In advocating the free and responsible practice of science, ICSU promotes equitable opportunities for access to science and its benefits, and opposes discrimination based on such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political or other opinion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age. The Council believes that the complex problems of our world can only be solved through international dialogue, collaboration and the sharing and exchange of ideas and research findings.

Statute 5 of the International Council for Science (ICSU) states: The Principle of Universality (freedom and responsibility) of Science: the free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists, as well as equitable access to data, information, and other resources for research. It requires responsibility at all levels to carry out and communicate scientific work with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, and transparency, recognising its benefits and possible harms.

– Source: icsu.org

Category: General News

eCARTO News January 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.

Industry News

  • New Software Brings Orbit GT’s Mobile Mapping Tech Indoors – spar3d.com
  • The ‘Google of China’ has partnered with a mapping company owned by Audi, BMW, and Daimler to plot the world – businessinsider.com.au
  • Here and Mobileye team up on self-driving mapping tech – techcrunch.com
  • Intel to acquire 15% stake in German digital mapping company HERE – marketwatch.com
  • Apple Said to Fly Drones to Improve Maps Data and Catch Google – bloomberg.com

Mapping Developments

  • Authagraph World Map – g-mark.org
  • Split-second data mapping – news.mit.edu
  • How a Sensor Gimbal Improves Efficiency of an Aerial Mapping Mission – suasnews.com
  • TrackR’s home-mapping plugs help you pinpoint lost items – engadget.com
  • Indian officials plan to measure Mt Everest to prove earthquake theory wrong – nzherald.co.nz

Mapping Applications

Cartographic Resources

ICA Facebook Posts

Opinion

  • Location Intelligence: Mapping The Opportunities In The Data Landscape – forbes.com

Cartography and Society

  • Railway crossing warnings are sought for mapping apps – nytimes.com
  • Mapping the Collective Experience of a City – fastcodesign.com
  • Mapping SF by its most popular Instagram hashtags – sf.curbed.com
  • Akron releases interactive map showing lead pipe services – cleveland.com
  • 50 Maps of the US Cultural Divide – nytimes.com
  • Segregation in the City of Angels: A 1939 Map of Housing Inequality in L.A. – kcet.org

Mapping and Our Senses

Mapping the Past and Future

Mapping Fauna and Flora

Maps

Invitation to the International Symposion on Place Names in Windhoek, Namibia

The fourth International Symposium on Place Names (ISPN) will be held 18–20 September 2017 in Windhoek, on the campus of the University of Namibia. The theme of the symposium is Critical toponymy: Place names in political and commercial landscapes. It is jointly organised by the Joint IGU/ICA Commission on Toponymy, the UFS, and UNAM.

The Call for Papers can be found on the conference website. Deadline for abstract submissions is 17 April 2017.

History of the International Symposion on Place Names

Peter E. Raper, one of South Africa’s foremost experts on the Bushman (San) substructures of place names, was appointed as a Professor Extraordinaire in Linguistics in 2011. Subsequently, his host department, then the Department of Language Management and Language Practice at the University of the Free State, together with the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment (ULFE), initiated the Place Name Symposium. His appointment as well as the hosting of the Symposium is now situated within the ULFE. The aim of this event is to provide a platform for the sharing of expertise and knowledge about place names for local as well as international researchers and government officials.

The Symposium became an international occurrence when the Joint IGU/ICA Commission on Toponymy came on board in 2015. Hosted every second year, this symposium is the only one in southern Africa that focuses on toponomy. The 2011 Symposium, entitled “Planning name changes – the quest for authenticity”, was hosted in Bloemfontein, as was the one in 2013 with the theme, “Place names in a multilingual society”. The Symposium in 2015, which focused on “Place names, diversity and heritage”, was held in Clarens. While the first three symposia were hosted in South Africa, the aim is to rotate hosting between southern African countries. As such, the 2017 Symposium will be held in Windhoek, in collaboration with the University of Namibia.

In line with developments in the field of toponomy, the theme for 2017 is “Critical toponomy: Place names in political and commercial landscapes”. The vision of the International Symposium on Place Names is to continue and promote the sharing of international expertise and collaboration on all aspects of place names.

For more information, please visit the conference website: ufs.ac.za/conferences/conference/2017-international-symposium-on-place-names

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eCARTO News December 2016

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.

Our changing world

  • Tiny Belgium to get tinier as Netherlands grows after land swap – theage.com.au
  • Interactive: Mapping the Flow of International Trade – visualcapitalist.com
  • Mapping migrations by using mobile phone data – phys.org
  • Mapping the Changes in Europe’s Drug Use – citylab.com
  • Mapping Three Decades of Global Water Change – nytimes.com
  • Mapping long-term global surface water occurrence – sciencedaily.com
  • Ivory Coast adopts unconventional digital address system – cnet.com
  • UFO sightings, Amelia Earheart’s final flight and those who died fleeing conflict: Cartographers document history in series of stunning designs – dailymail.co.uk

Modern Cartographic Applications

  • Isochrone Maps of Europe – emptypipes.org
  • The great American word mapper – qz.com
  • “The Arrogance of Space”: Mapping The Unfair Distribution of Public Space at Urban Intersections – archdaily.com
  • What a Map of the Fake-News Ecosystem Says About the Problem – fortune.com

Opinion

  • Global Commercial Mapping and Surveying Unmanned Aerial Systems Services Market 2016 – Mining & Construction Industries will Drive Steady Growth – Research and Markets – businesswire.com
  • Can Data Extracted from Twitter Help Map Flood Hazards? – eos.org
  • Smarter mapping makes for more informed decisions – itsinternational.com
  • A future version of Google Maps may feature location sharing, more new goodies – digitaltrends.com
  • Map shows what every country in the world is ‘best’ at – and Honduras excels at murder, Norway eats the most pizza and Nigeria is best at SCRABBLE – thesun.co.uk
  • How Do You Map the Character of a City? A New Tool Offers Solutions – govtech.com

Industry News

  • Here and Microsoft extend mapping deal, expanding into connected car data – techcrunch.com
  • Apple is poaching Berlin-based mapping engineers from Here – businessinsider.com.au
  • Microsoft Partners with TomTom Mapping Company – i4u.com
  • Apple Said to Fly Drones to Improve Maps Data and Catch Google – bloomberg.com
  • Apple secretly acquired a Finnish company to help it map indoor spaces – businessinsider.com.au

Mapping From Around The World

  • What is MapAnt? – mapant.fi
  • Créer simplement des cartes thématiques en 3 étapes – sciencespo.fr
  • Chinese search giant Baidu extends its mapping service beyond the confines of China – thetechportal.com
  • Facebook’s detailed open-source maps show the gaps in global internet connectivity – qz.com
  • Discovering India, going places: Google Maps the gaps – deccanherald.com

Imagery

  • Sentinels map Earth’s slow surface warping – bbc.com
  • Scientists map pollen levels to develop early warning system for asthma sufferers – abc.net.au
  • A treasure trove of shipwrecks has been revealed by a new mapping technology – businessinsider.com.au
  • Resource-mapping satellite blasts off from India – spaceflightnow.com
  • MBARI’s seafloor maps provide new information about 2015 eruption at Axial Seamount – phys.org
  • First ever lightning-mapping satellite set for take off – newscientist.com
  • GerMAP Launches New Aerial Mapping UAV – gim-international.com

Cartographic Resources

ICA Facebook Posts

Cartography and the Environment

  • New York City Mapped All of its Trees and Calculated the Economic Benefits of Every Single One – archdaily.com
  • Mapping the Inundation of New York City – citylab.com
  • How to Map a River With Gunpowder – nationalgeographic.com.au
  • Team develops algorithm to improve online mapping of disaster areas – phys.org
  • Mapping the Early Range of the African Elephant – psmag.com
  • Global surface water and historical changes map – gearthblog.com

Mapping Infrastructure

  • 30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped – citylab.com
  • Drones Mapping Indian Cities – Where They’re Allowed – voanews.com
  • Mapping underground infrastructure: one dig at a time – cso.com.au
  • Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure – washingtonpost.com

The Politics of Mapping

  • Google Disappointed by South Korean Refusal on Mapping Data – voanews.com
  • CIA declassified maps of Afghanistan, Russia, released – news.com.au

Adult Learning Courses

  • Drawing the Line: The Creative Potential of Maps – bl.uk
  • Mapping the Future – bl.uk

Pluto and Charon mapped – for children

Pluto and Charon Map

The new map showing the New Horizons encounter hemispheres of Pluto and Charon is the result of a cooperation between the worlds of planetary science, cartography and arts.

It is the 7th map in the series of multilingual maps of planets and moons designed for children.

The map shows the geology of the surface together with characters taken from the informal nomenclature.

The map of the double planet, the larger named after Pluto, the god of the underworld; and the smaller after Charon, the ferryman between the worlds of the living and the dead, has the theme of the Halloween.

A specialty of this map compared to other, “scientific” maps is that while keeping cartographic accuracy, it links arts and science, and visualizes features in a way that is easier to interpret for the non-scientists.

The map premiered at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco last week.

The map is joint effort of graphic artist Adrienn Gyöngyösi and scientists working at NASA and SETI Institute (Henrik Hargitai, editor; and Ross Beyer who contributed with the text describing Pluto).

This nonprofit project is supported by the International Cartographic Association.

The map is free to download at childrensmaps.wordpress.com

Contact: henrik.i.hargitai//at//nasa.gov [ Press release ]

President’s Blog: Season’s Greetings

Dear cartographers,

2016 has been an exciting year, the International Map Year. All over the world we have seen special events being organized related to maps. I would like to thank everyone of you who has contributed and made the International Map Year a success. For ICA, the poster exhibition at the United Nations headquarters has been one of the highlights, especially since the nineteen posters are the result of a concerted effort of all our commissions and working groups.

I’m convinced the spirit of the International Map year will not get lost when 2017 starts. Actually, that seems impossible because the next big event is in full preparation: our 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington, D.C., USA, next July. The local organizers are working hard to make it a success. You have contributed over seven hundred submissions which are currently under review, promising an interesting and high quality program.

Via this blog post I would like to bring you the Executive Committee’s season’s greetings and wish you a Mappy 2017.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

 

The ICA Executive Committee wishes Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Invitation to the 12th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

You are invited to participate and present a paper in the 12th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage to be held in Venice, Italy, 26–28 April 2016.

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences since 2006, is organising the 12th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage in Venice, Italy, 26-28 April 2017, in partnership with the IUAV – Laboratory of Cartography & GIS and Laboratory of Photogrammetry, the AUTH CartoGeoLab – Laboratory of Cartography & Geographical Analysis, and the MAGIC – Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.

The conference 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:

  • 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 University IUAV of Venice; all working sessions will take place in IUAV’s Aula Magna, Tolentini, Santa Croce (see venue).

For more information about the conference please visit cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Venice2017/.

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