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Call for Organizers of the General Assembly of Delegates and the International Cartographic Conference 2019

The International Cartographic Association invites bids from national members to organize the 17th General Assembly of Delegates and the 29th International Cartographic Conference in 2019 (GA and ICC2019). This invitation is according to the ICA Statutes, Article 9:

The General Assembly of Delegates will normally meet every four years. As a rule, the General Assembly will be held in conjunction with an International Cartographic Conference (ICC).

Any member nation may lodge a bid to host the GA and ICC2019. The GA and ICC are preferably held during the months of July, August or September. A southern hemisphere conference may be scheduled for October/November or March/April. A letter of intent should be sent to the ICA Secretary General and Treasurer, accompanied by completed bid documents containing the following details

The bidding is competitive and it is important that as much information as possible is provided to the General Assembly. Please be aware, that bids will only be accepted, if the bid documents are signed by the head of the national member organization (ICA national member) and the bid documents are complete.

The deadline for submitting a successful bid to the Secretary-General of ICA is 15 March 2015, 24:00 GMT.

The bids should be submitted in paper form (one signed copy, per surface mail) and electronically (PDF file, per email).

Accepted bids will be handled as all other General Assembly documents. They will be made available on the ICA website GA2015 section after 23 March 2015 (five months before the first session of the GA2015) in alphabetical order according to the Country Name of the bidding organisation. This section will be made available for all national delegates to the General Assembly.

The Executive Committee of ICA will not conduct any inspection visit prior to the General Assembly. The EC will not provide any selection or shortlist. The EC will not accept any invitation or offer in relation to a bid. The decision will be made only on the basis of the bid documents. Although the EC will be neutral in the process, it will be ready to express their assessment of the submitted documents if demanded from the General Assembly.

For the evaluation process of successful bids the following criteria will especially apply:

  • Financial aspects (achievability)
  • Strong support/leadership of the ICA national member.
  • Governmental and private supporters (letters of support).
  • Record of involvement in ICA and ICA activities, including involvement in ICA Commissions (Chairpersons, Members), active participation at ICC conferences or meetings, involvement in the Instruments of ICA such as the Barbara-Petchenik-Competition, International Cartographic Exhibitions, ICA Publications etc.

The General Assembly will vote on bids at the Second Session on 28 August 2015. Designated representative(s) of the bidding countries will get a 5 minute time slot for presenting their bids in the First Session of the General Assembly of ICA on 23 August 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. We strongly recommend all bidders to have a booth in the Technical Exhibition of the ICC2015 to support their bid.

The voting process will take place according to the ICA Statutes as follows:

Decisions at the General Assembly shall be taken by a show of hands and by a simple majority vote, of those delegates present, who have the right to vote. However, if at least two delegates make a request, the vote shall be taken by ballot. Should there be an equal division of vote, the President shall cast the deciding vote. Voting by proxy will not be permitted and no delegate shall represent or vote for any other member nation.

The successful applicant will be required to sign a formal contract with the ICA Executive Committee defining the relationship between the Conference Organizer 2019 and ICA. The contract is based on the “Guidelines for International Cartographic Conferences and General Assemblies of Delegates” and should be signed by the head of the national member after the General Assembly. A contract template will be available on the ICA website at the end of 2014). In case the contract is not signed in one month after the GA, the EC will offer the organizing right to the applicant who got the second most number of votes.

László Zentai
Secretary-General and Treasurer of the ICA

Category: General News

President’s Blog: Education

Cartography is a domain including technology, art and science. In order to be able to fully deploy the capacity of cartography education in all these areas is key. It happens to be that respective university programmes, professional trainings, and job trainings are more and more changing their scopes and names, leaving the unique competence combination of cartographers, being able to deal with big data, modern technologies and artistic design, vacant.

It is of this reason, that programmes dealing with dedicated cartographic education are of growing importance. Let me highlight here two programmes, which ICA is taking significant note of.

  • The International Course on Management and Applied Techniques in Cartography (IC_Cartotechnology), run by the Institut Cartografic i Geològic de Catalunya, has the aim to provide a wide range of geoinformation professionals with a capacity-building instrument that covers the basis of advanced and up-to-date techniques, tools and critical thinking in cartography. It therefore integrates all the disciplines, approaches and techniques used to acquire and exploit geospatial data. Several ICA collegues have contributed to the first successful edition by giving lectures. The second edition starts in September 2014 and enrolment is still possible.
  • Three central european universities, the Technical University Munich, the Vienna University of Technology and the Technical University Dresden, are offering a joint Master Programme on Cartography. This is a 4-semester programme and it leads into a joint master degree of all three universities. Currently four intakes have been accepted and are in different stages of their studies. The programme is competitive, as only a restricted number of students can be accepted and has so far proven to be most successful in achieving the aim of educating experts with capacity in technologies, data handling and design skills.

Winners NASA World Wind Europa Challenge 2014

ICA is proud to announce that the NASA World Wind Challenge Runner-up, sponsored by ICA, was won by Alex Dumitru and Vlad Merticariu from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, with their project WCPS Cross-Coverage Analysis.

For more details on the project, please visit worldwind.flanche.net

A list of all projects can be found at eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/projects2014

Category: General News

eCARTO News August 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

  • Big data and mapping – a potent combination – information-age.com
  • 3D Mapping & 3D Modeling Market worth $7.7 Billion by 2018 – whatech.com
  • Paradigms in Cartography – An Epistemological Review of the 20th and 21st Centuries – springer.com

Applications

Industry News

Innovative Cartography

  • An Infographic That Maps 2,000 Years of Cultural History in 5 Minutes – wired.com
  • Danny Dorling: mapping the August 2011 riots – newstatesman.com
  • Google Maps shows off 3D London – sbs.com.au
  • Gallery Whispers and Lunch in the Cafe: Mapping Museums Through Their Sounds – hyperallergic.com
  • Oral history goes digital as Google helps map ancestral lands – theglobeandmail.com
  • Google Creates 3D Mapping Device – 3dfocus.co.uk

Environmental Mapping

  • Mapping The Appalling Consequences Of An Oil Spill In The Arctic – fastcoexist.com
  • Scientists Are Mapping The Ocean’s Plastic, Because 99% Is Missing – gizmodo.com.au
  • Mapping Global Warming’s Threat To Your Power and Gasoline – nationaljournal.com
  • Sunkoshi tragedy exposes failure in hazard mapping – myrepublica.com
  • Mapping the acceleration of Ebola in West Africa in five charts – qz.com
  • How mapping can improve risk understanding from natural catastrophes – business-reporter.co.uk
  • Seafloor-Mapping Airguns May Harm Ocean Animals – livescience.com

Education and Resources

  • Cartography & GIS Training Online – foss4geo.wordpress.com/
  • European schools to get cloud-based mapping software to improve geography and STEM teaching – computerworlduk.com
  • Mapping and distorting the Arctic – adn.com
  • Singapore Government Partners Students To Use Mapping Technology On Urban Challenges – futuregov.asia
  • GIS for Crime Analysis, Law Enforcement, & Public Safety – ppc.americansentinel.edu
  • Geo EDU Tip – Online Mapping for Beginners – The Map Academy from CartoDB – gisuser.com
  • University of Glasgow- Mapping out a career in Geospatial Technology – ndiaeducationdiary.in
  • Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age – amazon.com

Military Related Cartography

Mobile Mapping

Maps

Cartographers

Indoor Cartography

Mapping Platforms

  • Central Michigan University Maps Threatened Species with UAS – directionsmag.com
  • Online drone maps show views of world, disaster areas, off-limit zones – latimes.com
  • Gaia satellite begins 3D-mapping the galaxy – cnet.com
  • Obama launches climate tools including 3-D maps – usatoday.com
  • Chiba University takes us a step closer to Prometheus mapping drones – geek.com
  • ASU alum’s mapping project a finalist in Google Impact Challenge – asunews.asu.edu
  • Icebreakers head out to map Arctic sea floor – brandonsun.com

Crowd-Sourced Cartography

Cartographic Challenges

  • India’s federal investigating agency opens enquiry against Google’s mapping contest – qz.com
  • Google ‘polluted Internet’ with classified material, says Survey of India – indiatvnews.com
  • Google Maps has Crashed, Into an Arkansas Resident – androidheadlines.com
  • Google’s New Automated Mapping Technique Gives Chattanooga a 3D Bump – govtech.com
  • CNN adds Nigeria to list of countries it can’t find on a map – washingtonpost.com

President’s Blog: Breaking News – International Map Year 2015–2016

Logo of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information ManagementIt is my sincere pleasure to inform you that at the fourth session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management at the UN Headquarters in New York, 6–8 August 2014, the ICA Initiative on an International Map Year 2015–2016 was positively discussed.

The resolution states:

The committee endorses the International Map Year 2015–2016 as proposed by the International Cartographic Association as a valuable means to promote the importance of maps and geoinformation.

With this we have reached a most prominent framework for the planned acitivities and I invite all members of the ICA family to consider their active participation. To stay up-to-date with all activities around the International Map Year, please visit internationalmapyear.org.

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

Joint commission meeting children/planets

cccmeeting2014A day before beginning the 9th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage, the Commission on Cartography and Children will have a meeting together with the Commission on Planetary Cartography. There will be a special presentation by former ICA President Bengt Rystedt representing the Working Group on the International Map Year.

All of you are invited to participate!

For more information, please see the Preliminary Programme.

President’s Blog: Africa

Visit to Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping

Visit to Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping

National Delegate of Botswana to ICA Lucy Phalaage and ICA President Georg Gartner in Goborone, June 2014

National Delegate of Botswana to ICA Lucy Phalaage and ICA President Georg Gartner in Goborone, June 2014

Given the fact, that I had the opportunity to recently visit Africa several times I am eager to share my experiences with you in terms of finding a continent with severe constraints but also significant opportunities. In this respect the importance of geospatial information management and cartography is recognized by more and more proponents within Africa and seen as a most important technology, capacity and instrument for the further development of societies and economies.

It is in this context that I was so impressed by getting in contact with many ambitious, motivated and excellent colleagues like from the Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping, which I was able to visit in July 2014 and give a half-day workshop on modern cartography, or with colleagues from South Africa and other African countries at the most successful AfricaGEO 2014 conference in July 2014, where a lot of surveyors, remote sensing experts, GI scientists and cartographers gather and shared their results, problems, methods and experiences on a high level, or with colleagues from Uganda, Ethiopia, Tunesia and other African countries, which are contacting ICA for several reasons, including their willingness to fully participate in the developments of modern cartography and GIScience.

It is without doubt, that for the International Cartographic Association Africa is and remains a major focus.

President’s Blog: Geo4All

Prof. Chen Jun (ISPRS President), Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President) and Prof. Georg Gartner (ICA President) during their meeting at AfricaGEO in Cape Town in July 2014 to discuss future collaboration for GeoforAll

Prof. Chen Jun (ISPRS President), Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President) and Prof. Georg Gartner (ICA President) during their meeting at AfricaGEO in Cape Town in July 2014 to discuss future collaboration for GeoforAll

The “Geo for All” Initiative has developed out of the Memorandum of Understanding Activities between ICA and OSGeo (the Open Source Geospatial Foundation). So-called “ICA-OSGeo Labs” have been founded in unexpected high numbers in the last months (http://www.geoforall.org/locations/), demonstrating the great interest and demand for evaluating and using Open Source Software in the area of Cartography, GI Science and Geospatial Information Management.

In order to direct the development of this initiative an Advisory Board has been found, co-chaired by the Presidents of ICA (Georg Gartner) and OSGeo (Jeff McKenna). Due to the inclusive character of this initiative and a strong interest being expressed several times from the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is now joining this initiative.

We are looking forward to working together in our common aim to expand geospatial education and opportunities to all.

eCARTO News July 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

Applications

  • Hyperspectral Aerial Survey will Enhance Mapping Capabilities – usgs.gov
  • UAV Mapping of a Landslide – directionsmag.com
  • Snow Where You’re Going: Trace Ancient Inuit Trails With Interactive Atlas – indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com
  • Mapping the Santa Monica Fault presents unique challenges – scpr.org
  • This new mapping technology will show whether global warming could drown your town – washingtonpost.com
  • NASA’s Aquarius instrument returns global maps of soil moisture – phys.org

Industry News

  • Microsoft to discontinue vintage mapping services MapPoint and Streets & Trips – winbeta.org
  • Google launches weirdly fun ‘Smarty Pins’ trivia map game – venturebeat.com
  • TripAdvisor for iPhone adds offline support, improves mapping features – betanews.com
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Bing For Search, Nokia For Maps – searchengineland.com
  • GIS People partners with DigitalGlobe – spatialsource.com.au

New Concepts Cartography

Transport & Mobile Mapping

  • Watch this: Human transforms its app data into striking activity maps – engadget.com
  • Middle East 24 – vimeo.com
  • Maps With Me Lite is an offline mapping app for mobile devices – ghacks.net
  • Living with Google: Google Maps – androidguys.com

Education and Resources

3D Cartography

  • Google’s 3D-mapping Phones to Help Robots on the International Space Station – au.ign.com
  • Malaysia’s new method of mitigating landslides: 3D mapping – futuregov.asia
  • Cartographic Design Principles for 3D maps – A Contribution to Cartographic Theory – icaci.org
  • True-3D in Cartography – springer.com
  • Progress and New Trends in 3D Geoinformation Sciences – springer.com

Maps

Cartographers

  • Redrawing the Earth by committee – wired.co.uk
  • Lake Mendota mapmaker shows depth of her appreciation – news.wisc.edu
  • The First U.S. Map That Was Made By A U.S. Citizen – io9.com
  • From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who’s Challenging Google Maps – npr.org

Historical Cartography

  • The Maginot Line – lostimagesofww2.com
  • Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands Of Historic Maps – gizmodo.com.au
  • Historic maps in Welsh sold at auction in Colwyn Bay – bbc.com
  • Commonwealth frames: Rescued archive images and maps – bbc.com

Opinion

Indigenous Cartography

Cartography Lite

  • Nanoscale Monet is world’s tiniest masterpiece – newscientist.com
  • Test your knowledge of imaginary cartography with this fictional maps quiz – avclub.com
  • Geoff Nicholson maps out the edges in fiction ‘City Under the Skin’ – latimes.com
  • ‘The Map Thief’ by Michael Blanding – bostonglobe.com
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