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Happy International Map Year 2015–2016!
New ICA poster series on Maps and Sustainable Development Goals
Join us for ICC2017 in Washington, DC, USA. The Call for Papers is now open!
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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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Final Call for Submissions ICC2017

icc2017-logoThe 28th International Cartographic Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., USA, 2–7 July 2017. Please submit abstracts and papers on mapping and geographic information science for the International Cartographic Conference by October 26, 2016.

The conference announcement PDF and list of themes can be found here.

To begin your submission, please look at the bottom of this webpage: icc2017.org/abstracts-full-papers-and-posters


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eCARTO News September 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 real-world locations that inspired great children’s books – avclub.com
  • Mapping a new course with smartphone apps – detroitnews.com
  • How Waze is making mapping work in tunnels – travelandleisure.com
  • Self driving cars and the question of mapping – fool.com
  • 3D road mapping underpins Japans tech heavy olympics push – cnet.com
  • Mapping Company HERE will let drivers use maps from competing automakers – cnet.com

Industry News

Mapping – Research Activities

Mapping our World

  • Powerful maps: how building 3D models is helping rural communities to make their voices heard – cta.int
  • Airborne mapping can help in flood mitigation – thehindu.com
  • New technology for mapping beaches – sciencedaily.com
  • Agnostic mapping reveals and affects different perceptions of global boundaries – mcgilldaily.com
  • Tanzania will use drones to aid in mapping – voanews.com

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Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshop Mapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in Libraries

Detail of George Washington's map A plan of my farm on Little Huntg. Creek & Potomk. R., 1766. Free downloaded from the Library of Congress web-provider.

Detail of George Washington’s map A plan of my farm on Little Huntg. Creek & Potomk. R., 1766. Free downloaded from the Library of Congress web-provider.

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital organizes a one day pre-conference workshop in the frame of the 28th International Cartographic Conference, Washington DC, USA, in association and partership with the MAGIC group.

This one day workshop will highlight and discuss how librarians can easily incorporate user-friendly geospatial visualization tools into their work – whether that is instruction sessions, workshops for faculty, graduate students or the community, or other projects within libraries.

Date & Venue

To be defined – tentatively before or after the ICC2017 in the same conference venue, the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, located in Northwest DC.

Fees & Registration

Participation is free. The registration form can be found here.

Organizers & Contact

  • Marcy BIDNEY, Curator, American Geographical Society Library
  • Nathan PIEKIELEK, Geosaptial Services Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University


  • BGDb.be: a map based search tool for geological publications Annick ANCEAU, Eric PIRARD, Pierre STEVENS
  • CartoShop: Empowering non-mapping experts to get spatial, one workshop at a time Theresa QUILL, Erika JENNS
  • Digital spatial indexes for large-scale urban atlases using GeoJson.io, GitHub, and Leaflet.js Evan THORNBERRY
  • Geovisualization instruction at Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Social Sciences Center Jeremiah TRINIDAD-CHRISTENSEN, Eric GLASS
  • “GIS for the Rest of Us”: Collaborating on GIS Education and Outreach at Ohio State Joshua SADVARI
  • Visual Knowledge Aggregation: From Static To Dynamic Information Systems in Library Contexts Andrea NANETTI, Angelo CATTANEO, Siew-Ann CHEONG, Yao-Yi CHIANG, Chin-Yew LIN

For more and updated information, please consult the workshop website: cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/2015-2019/pg/ICC2017.html

Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2017

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 2017, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

In 2017, this biannual international award has a special connotation, because it is organized on the frame of activities programmed within the International Map Year. For this reason, the theme for the 2017 competition equals the motto of the International Map Year: “We love maps”. 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 2017. [All details can be found in the rules document.]

The world in our hands by Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Winning entry of the 2015 competition: “The world in our hands” by Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC, USA, from 2–7 July 2017. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Additionally there will be a prize issued based on a public vote by the conference participants. New will be the Creativity Award issued by the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography.

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.

If you are interested in using children maps in your context, e.g. with publications, we would like to encourage you to contact us. The map drawings made by children in the previous competitions can be found in the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition, maintained by the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre at Carleton University Library.

ICA assumes we can count on the participation of your country in the competition 2017.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

LBS research agenda: A first list of “key problems” and the vision workshop at LBS 2016

mapbulbThe ICA Commission on Location-Based Services (LBS) is currently working on a cross-cutting research agenda, identifying key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years. In the first step of this process, we received 31 one-paragraph proposals (thank you to everyone who contributed). Based on these proposals, a first list of key problems was compiled.

In order to further refine this list and develop a comprehensive LBS research agenda, we invite everyone to comment and give feedback on this list. Is there anything important missing from your perspective? Please provide your feedback here by 4 November. Any comments and feedback are welcome!

In addition, we will organize a research agenda workshop immediately before the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services to discuss these key problems in detail. Anyone interested is invited to attend this workshop. The registration is free. If you plan to join, please register by 30 October.

More details of the initiative can be found at: http://lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda/

We are looking forward to your comments and feedback, as well as your participation in the research agenda workshop.

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Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data


The ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling and the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services invite you to a pre-ICC2017 symposium on location-based social media and tracking data. The growing availability and use of location-based social media data and tracking data (e.g., GPS tracking) have created unprecedented opportunities for researchers from various disciplines. At the same time, it also challenges people with new theoretical, technical, ethical, and social questions. This symposium attempts to bring together researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and findings of their research related to location-based social media data or location tracking and sensing data.

Please find the detailed invitation here.


  • 15 February 2017 – Deadline for submitting extended abstracts
  • 15 March 2017 – Acceptance notification
  • 1–2 July 2017 – Workshop prior to the ICC 2017
  • 15 July 2017 – Deadline for full paper (optional, only for those interested in the post-event publication in a journal special issue)

eCARTO News August 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.


Map Repositories and Resources

Industry News

  • TripAdvisor scoops up social mapping service Citymaps – techcrunch.com
  • Uber is investing $A663 million into mapping to reduce its reliance on Google – news.com.au
  • Open-source mapping company Mapbox acquires passive fitness app-maker Human for its anonymized data – mobihealthnews.com
  • Esri Maps NOAA’s National Water Model – businesswire.com
  • Google Maps beta adds enhancements to navigation mode and new coordinate scheme – greenbot.com

Mapping the Urban Environment

  • Vacant New York: Mapping all of Manhattan’s empty storefronts – 6sqft.com
  • Young Egyptians Are Leading Cairo’s Transit Mapping Revolution – citylab.com
  • Stunning animation shows London Underground’s ‘beating heart’ pulsing with passengers – wired.co.uk
  • Bike share mapping creates beautiful portraits of London, NYC and Berlin – theguardian.com
  • Satellite images can map poverty – sciencemag.org
  • Google Goes Beyond the Map to Catalog Rio’s Troubled, Vibrant Favelas – fortune.com
  • Five wonderful London maps from ‘Curiocity’ – timeout.com

Mapping the Natural Environment

  • ‘Gurgle Maps’ to reveal sea’s deep secret – thetimes.co.uk
  • How Climate Change Will Affect Animal Migration, in One Map – citylab.com
  • Research ship mapping Arctic Ocean near North Pole – cbc.ca
  • New global migration mapping to help fight against infectious diseases – sciencedaily.com
  • Scientists implementing a Google Maps-esque approach to unearthing the secrets of the world’s oceans – news.com.au
  • Mapping the Hidden Worlds Beneath Greenland’s Ice – nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping the Movement of Energy Under Japan – eos.org
  • New Map Shows Only a Tiny Sliver of Antarctica Is Ice-Free—For Now – vice.com
  • NSW renewable energy resources map – nsw.gov.au

Hinting at Mapping Futures

  • The future of the map – searchengineland.com
  • New report examines the digital map market 2016 global analysis, research and forecast to 2020 – whatech.com
  • Tiny robots to map the universe – news.com.au
  • Quantamentals, signal surfing and fast walkers: mapping the rise of weirs data – theconversation.com
  • Dark Energy Survey: Mapping the Expansion of the Universe – space.com
  • Google’s latest Maps experiment turns the Himalayas into a 3D playground – theverge.com

Mapping Applications

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Cartography and the Internet

  • Info-Geo-Tecno – twitter.com
  • US couple sues IP mapping firm over ‘digital hell’ – bbc.com
  • This global map shows where the internet lives – cnet.com
  • The reach of the internet is revealed: Stunning map shows EVERY web-connected device on the planet – dailymail.co.uk


President’s blog: ICA posters on display at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

ICA posters at the UN GGIM meeting

During the sixth session of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM, 3–5 August 2016), the posters created by ICA’s Commissions on the Sustainable Development Goals were on exhibit in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York. During the opening session the participants were pointed to the exhibition of the ICA posters. During the first day of the conference the exhibition catalog was distributed to all participants. ICA’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals was well received.

The posters as well as the catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals.

Let’s make the world a better place with maps!

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

More photos can be found on the ICA Facebook page