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Invitation to the ICA Pre-Conference Workshop Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases

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In conjunction with the 28th International Cartographic Conference, held in Washington DC on 2–7 July 2017 (http://icc2017.org/), the Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division and the three ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases would like to invite you to attend their joint pre-conference Workshop Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases.

The workshop will be held at the Library of Congress (Madison Building) in Washington DC (USA), from Wednesday, 28 June to Friday, 30 June 2017.

Call for Papers

  • Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2017

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on any topic of merit addressing at least one of the subjects of the partnering ICA Commissions. The abstracts should be between 200 and 500 words long, written in English and provided as a Word file using this template. A brief biographical note should also be provided at the end of the abstract. Each author, either as sole author or co-author, may only submit one paper proposal; each paper has to be an original contribution that has not been published or presented before.

All submissions must be sent electronically via the online submission system. When submitting, authors will also be asked to indicate their interest to write a full paper after the conference which – if enough authors are interested – will be published in a dedicated conference volume.

Please find more information and updates on the workshop website: history.icaci.org/washington-dc-2017

Invitation to the International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West

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Leiden University Libraries and the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography kindly invite you to attend the International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West on 15–16 September 2017 in Leiden, Netherlands.

The central theme of the conference is the mutual influence of Western and Asian cartographic traditions. The focus will be on where Western and Asian cartographic history meet. Geographically, the topics will be limited to South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia with special attention to India, China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

  • Topics and questions which will be discussed are:
  • What defines Asia? The arbitrary borders between Europe and Asia on the map
  • Asian cartographic traditions
  • Asian toponomy and cartography
  • Cartography and intercultural contact
  • Missionary and colonial cartographies of Asia
  • Asian cartography in the collections of Leiden University Libraries
  • Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan
  • and all papers of merit

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During the symposium Leiden University Library will expose several exhibitions. The Asian collections of the special collections are internationally famous. The Bodel Nijenhuis Collection has large numbers of historical VOC maps. The Indonesia collection has many maps of the 19th and 20th century and includes the collections from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). The Siebold collection contains a lot of Japanese maps and the collection of the Sinology Institute holds several Chinese maps.

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The symposium is held within the framework of the Leiden Asia Year. Throughout 2017, Leiden will be the leading center for Asia in terms of research, teaching, collections and expertise. The Leiden Asia Year 2017 was prompted by the building of the Asian Library on the roof of the University Library. The Asian Library will be opened on 14 September 2017. Participants are kindly invited to attend the opening of the Asian Library, the day before the symposium starts.

Fore more information, please consult the workshop website: blogs.library.leiden.edu/mappingasia

How to win an ICA Map Award

We received several questions on how to submit a map for consideration of an ICA Map Award, so we would like to give you some details on the process:

At each International Cartographic Conference, an International Cartographic Exhibition is organized, where map products originating from ICA national members and ICA affiliate members are exhibited. The maps sent to the exhibition are authorized and selected by the ICA national or affiliate member. An international jury then selects the best exhibits in various categories.

The next International Cartographic Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., USA, 2–7 July 2017. The deadline for national representatives to nominate maps for the cartographic exhibition is 16 May, 2017. All exhibited material must have been edited or modified after August 2015 (the date of the last ICC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). More details can be found in the Guide for Participation in the International Cartographic Exhibition.

Each country may have different policies regarding the coordination of the exhibit materials. However, if you know a cartographically excellent product, which might be worth a map award, please make your national representative aware of it!

We are looking forward to a broad range of high-quality entries.

 
1st place paper maps, 2015: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)

ICA Map Awards 2015: 1st place paper maps – 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway). An overview of all winners of the ICA Map Awards 2015 can be found here.

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Summary of the workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies

One-day workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies

AutoCarto is a Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) research symposium held every two years. CaGIS is the US adhering body to the ICA. AutoCarto 2016 was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 14 – 16 September 2016.

The ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies held a very well-attended, successful one-day workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies the day before the start of Auto Carto. The agenda (details below) consisted of seven invited speakers and an open discussion session. The Chair of the commission, Silvana Camboim, opened the presentations and led the discussion. The Vice-Chair, Michael P. Finn, organized the workshop and served as the moderator.

All the presentations are available on GitHub at this URL: https://github.com/mfinnCEGIS/workshopAdvancingGIScienceOST/, which includes the original agenda announcing the workshop and a subdirectory of photographs.

There were 22 attendees from six nations, including the President of ICA, Menno-Jan Kraak, who sat in during the afternoon and contributed to the lively open discussion. In addition, at the start of the discussion session, Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA, did a short, overview presentation of “Geo forAll.”

Agenda

Invited Speakers (30 minutes each for presentation and questions)

  1. Experiences on How Openness Can Help to Reduce Inequality – Silvana Camboim, Federal University of Paraná – UFPR, BRAZIL, Commission Chair
  2. GRASS GIS as open source innovation platform: from dynamic visualizations to collaborative tangible modeling – Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA, co-authors: Anna Petrasova, Vaclav Petras, and Brendan Harmon
  3. Open-Source Software in the Cutting Edge Geocomputaion Research at ORNL – Alex Sorokine, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA
  4. Keeping Map Data Current Through the Use of Volunteered Geographic Information – James McAndrew, Colorado State University, contractor to the US National Park Service, USA
  5. Teaching Open Source Web Mapping – Carl Sack, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA, co-author: Robert Roth
  6. Doing Datacubes in Open-Source: the rasdaman Scalable Array Engine – Peter Baumann, Jacobs University Bremen, GERMANY
  7. Development of an Open Source 3D Browser to Visualize Modeling Results – Syed Monjur Murshed, European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER), GERMANY, co-authors: Jochen Wendel, Akila Sriramulu, and Alexandru Nichersu

Open Discussion: Future Directions: Thinking About the Road Ahead – chaired by Silvana Camboim

– Michael P. Finn
Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies

eCARTO News November 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.

The Beauty and the Beast of Cartography

Mapping From Around The World

Cartographic Discourse

Paper Maps and Globes

  • Secret Soviet maps among hundreds on display at British Library exhibition – news.com.au
  • You are here: 400 years of beautiful NYC maps – visualnews.com
  • Globe-making in 1955. Magnificent. – facebook.com
  • Paramount vs Finsteraarhorn – map.geo.admin.ch
  • An exquisitely detailed view of 1519 Sevilla by Arturo Redondo, Spain – imgur.com

Online Cartographic Products

ICA Facebook Posts

Cartography and Nature

  • Impact on nature of the New Zealand earthquake – au.news.yahoo.com
  • Alternative South Island road ‘imagined’ as drones survey slips – stuff.co.nz
  • The University of Waterloo created a goose-tracking map, because geese are bullies – theverge.com
  • 16th Disaster Risk Management Seminar “Seismic Preparedness Map for Community Resilience” – worldbank.org
  • The city’s flood map goes global – thehindu.com

Our changing world

Frontier Mapping

Industry Websites

President’s Blog: ICA Workshop in Georgia

ICA organized a workshop on modern thematic mapping in Georgia. This workshop is the first of its kind. ICA decided to offer workshops on demand to new members. The Georgians selected thematic mapping as their field of interest. It was co-organized by Menno-Jan Kraak (President ICA – Twente University), Dali Nikolaishvili (Georgian local representative – Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University), and Irma Kveladze (ICA and local support – Aalborg University).

Menno-Jan Kraak and the local organizers of the workshop

Menno-Jan Kraak and the local organizers of the workshop

The program consisted of three sections:

  1. Introduction to the International Cartographic Associations inventory;
  2. Lectures on how do decide which thematic map to choose and the most important map types;
  3. Breakout sessions and discussions on your maps, mapping environments and your mapping problems.

The workshop was attended by 70 people, including about 25 students.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

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International Map Year is coming to a close…

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International Map Year (IMY) is coming to a close. Over the last 18 months, some 40 countries have been involved in arranging National Map Days and other types of national events in celebration of IMY. The Executive Committee (EC) of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and its IMY Working Group are now working to determine whether the IMY concept could be continued with an annual Map Day. Because International GIS Day is held every year in November, it is possible that a suitable month for an International Map Day could be April or May, about six months later. A preliminary decision whether and when to declare such an International Map Day may be made by the IC EC at the 2017 International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in July in Washington, DC, USA, to be followed by a final decision by the ICA General Assembly at the 2019 ICC in Tokyo.

In the meantime, the IMY book, The World of Maps, will be extended with a chapter on Geological Maps to be written by an Italian team and based on a presentation at the Italian Map Day in September 2016 which concentrated on geological maps. The book has already been translated from English to French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and there are now several translation teams working in China, Indonesia, Germany/Switzerland, and United Arabic Emirates.

The IMY Working Group is in the process of producing a report on the IMY activities held worldwide. An abstract of a paper, titled Outcomes of the International Map Year, has been submitted for presentation at ICC 2017. That report is also being considered for publication in the ICA’s Cartographic Journal.

The IMY Working Group is grateful to the writers of the various chapters of The World of Maps and to the book’s many translation teams. It is also indebted to Manuela Schmidt for acting as webmaster of the IMY website, for continually updating the website with the latest news and events, and for design of the IMY logo. Members of the ICA Executive Committee, ICA Commission Chairpersons, as well as United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the Joint Board of Geographic Information Societies (JBGIS) have also been very supportive, in particular by producing the posters of the UN sustainability goals. In all, IMY has been a great success and we congratulate everyone for their participation in this worldwide effort to celebrate of maps and their unique role in our world.

– Bengt Rystedt
Chair of the IMY Working Group

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Report of the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services

lbs2016_logoThe 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services, organized by the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services and the Research Group Cartography of Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), took place in Vienna, Austria from 14–16 November 2016. The conference was endorsed by the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), International Association of Geodesy (IAG), and the German Cartographic Society e.V. (DGfK).

More than 120 participants from 23 countries gathered in the historical Celebration Hall of TU Wien. The conference was opened by Rector Prof Sabine Seidler, Conference Director and ICA Past President Prof Georg Gartner, and AGILE Co-Chair Prof Martin Raubal. After the opening, Haosheng Huang presented the current development of an LBS research agenda, which is an initiative started by the LBS Commission to identify key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

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Opening session of the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services – LBS 2016 held in Vienna, Austria | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

Oral session at LBS 2016

Oral session at LBS 2016 | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

A total of 48 oral presentations have been given in 12 single-stream sessions over three days. The conference also featured two interactive sessions, consisting of 4 showcases and 22 posters. These oral presentations, showcases and posters provide a general picture of recent research activities related to the domain of LBS. Such activities emerged in the last years, especially concerning issues of outdoor/indoor positioning, smart environment, spatial modeling, personalization, context-awarenesss, cartographic communication, novel user interfaces, crowdsourcing, social media, big data analysis, usability and privacy. As a first time, this conference also featured an industrial session, in which 4 invited LBS companies and start-ups presented their on-going research and development related to LBS.

A selection of peer-reviewed full papers has been published in the book “Progress in Location-Based Services” of the Springer Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Work in progress submissions are included in the conference proceedings (ISBN 978-1-907075-02-5), which are available online. A special issue of the Journal of Location-Based Services is planned as well.

Besides the technical and scientific program, the conference provided several social networking opportunities, including an ice-breaker reception on the first day, a conference dinner in an old and traditional Viennese wine cellar on the 2nd day, and a farewell drinks event.

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Ice-breaker reception at LBS 2016 | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

Since its initiation by Georg Gartner from TU Wien (Austria) in 2002, the LBS conference series has become one of the most important scientific events decided to LBS. The conferences have been held in Vienna (2002, 2004, 2005), Hong Kong (2007), Salzburg (2008), Nottingham (2009), Guangzhou (2010), Vienna (2011), Munich (2012), Shanghai (2013), Vienna (2014), Augsburg (2015), and Vienna (2016). Starting from 2015, the LBS conferences have become the annual event of the newly established ICA Commission on Location-Based Services. The next LBS conference has been planned, and will be hosted by Prof. Martin Raubal at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) on January 2018. We look forward to meeting you at the next LBS conference.

For more information, please refer to the conference website.

– Haosheng Huang
Chair of the Commission on Location-Based Services

eCARTO News October 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.

Mapping the Marine Environment

  • Largely unknown planet earth – afr.com
  • Dozens of ancient shipwrecks found accidentally during Black Sea mapping – abc.net.au
  • Great Barrier Reef climate history unlocked as CSIRO maps offshore Queensland Basin – abc.net.au
  • In an octopus’s garden – economist.com
  • Mapping the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – spatialsource.com.au

Industry News

  • Book: After the Map – yale.edu
  • History of Cartography Conference – fafich.ufmg.br
  • Google Maps gets food delivery, plus code integration in update – appleinsider.com
  • Silicon Valley VCs raise millions for an Aussie drone mapping startup – mashable.com
  • Four years and one embarrassment later, Apple Maps is genuinely worthy of challenging Google Maps – businessinsider.com
  • Here, a Digital Mapping Service, Uses Crowd-Sourcing to Plot Roads – electronicdesign.com
  • IBM and Esri Team Up to Offer Cognitive Analytics and IoT in the IBM Cloud – businesswire.com

Cartography from ICA Nations

Mapping Around The World

  • You Can Help Map the Accessibility of the World – nextcity.org
  • Mapping the Streets of Havana in 3D – citylab.com
  • Qardho – Mapping Exercise – May 2016 – reliefweb.int
  • National Archives maps Gibraltar’s past – chronicle.gi
  • Ethiopia soil map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fight – reuters.com
  • New permafrost map shows regions vulnerable to thaw, carbon release – phys.org
  • Mesmerizing Map Shows the Real-Time Weather for Every Place in the World – popularmechanics.com

Cartographic Eucation

  • Mapping data and visualizing geospatial information: A quick introduction for journalists – journalistsresource.org

Paper Maps

Opinion

  • Maps are as much about art – and lies – as science – spectator.co.uk
  • EU field-mapping systems need improvement, say auditors – out-law.com
  • Five GIS Projects That Are Changing The Way We Understand Racism – forbes.com
  • From DNA Mapping To Self-Driving Cars: 5 Predictions For Our Digital Future – forbes.com
  • Google is turning Maps into a social platform – businessinsider.com
  • What Mars Maps Got Right (and Wrong) Through Time – news.nationalgeographic.com
  • Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood: lives of the desert mapped on an artist’s skin – smh.com.au
  • Love hiking, hate maps? Then let us locate the right GPS gadget for you – theguardian.com

Maps

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Cartography and Science

  • Mapping buried magnetism – news.mit.edu
  • Could Heat Mapping Be An Equalizer For Physical Stores? – forbes.com
  • Pilot study demonstrating airborne MT data for geothermal exploration in BC – thinkgeoenergy.com
  • In case you missed them: Six scientific successes that stole the show this year – wildcat.arizona.edu
  • Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution – theglobalist.com
  • Autonomous robot that can navigate, explore and digitally map hard-to-access areas – phys.org
  • Scientists Produce A Stunningly Detailed Map Of The Milky Way – huffingtonpost.com.au

Cartography as Art

  • Mapping the World’s Great Cities in a Most Unusual, Yet Visually Arresting, Fashion – smithsonianmag.com

Conference location for ICC2021 selected: Florence, Italy

During our executive committee meeting in Washington DC the first week of October, we had to judge two very competitive bids for our 2021 conference location: Florence, Italy and Cape Town, South Africa. Florence was selected to host our 2021 International Cartographic Conference.

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

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