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Map of the Month 10/2015: Project Supra – Real-time heatmaps from sports workouts
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Call for Participation, AAG Special Sessions on Cognition, Visualization, and User Issues

AAG Annual Meeting 2016The ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization (Amy Griffin, UNSW Canberra), the Commission on Visual Analytics (Anthony Robinson, Penn State) and the Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues (Kristien Ooms, UGent) invite papers on spatial cognition, geovisual analytics, and usability/utility of geographic information systems to be included in a series of sessions at the 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco from March 29–April 2, 2015.

We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions exploring geocomputation, geovisualization, navigation and wayfinding, map use, user studies, and methodologies for designing, developing, and evaluating geographic information and tools that leverage geographic data.

Topics for these sessions include (but are not limited to):

  • geovisualization and visual analytics, implementation and use (technical and/or cognitive issues)
  • visualization, cognition, and use of uncertainty in decision making
  • application of geovisualization displays & tools to understanding spatial cognition
  • methods, techniques and tools for usability research
  • methods for and application of cognitive theories
  • human-geovisualization interaction and usability research
  • cognition of space-time representations
  • wayfinding and navigation: visualisation, usability and cognitive issues
  • cognitive map design research
  • user requirements for and usability of digital geographic displays


In addition to geographers, GIScientists, cartographers, and cognitive or behavioral geographers we also invite speakers from a broad range of disciplines, including psychology, cognitive science, education, HCI, etc.

To be considered for these sessions, please:

  1. Register and submit your abstract online following the AAG Guidelines.
  2. Email your presenter identification number (PIN), paper title, and abstract to Amy Griffin by October 25, 2015.
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eCARTO News September 2015

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.

World Maps

  • Mapping the World’s Air Pollution in Real Time – citylab.com
  • Mapping the World’s Winners and Losers from China Trade – foreignpolicy.com
  • Mighty and Ominous Satellite Images of the Human Condition – citylab.com
  • Who Owns the Digital Map of the World? – citylab.com
  • Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping out the Modern World – penguin.com.au

Country Specific Mapping

  • 200 Years of Dutch Topographic Mapping – topotijdreis.nl
  • Mapping Berlin – slowtravelberlin.com
  • How a crowd-sourced map changed Kuala Lumpur’s ideas about cycling – theguardian.com
  • Tanzania: the smartphone apps putting Africa’s fastest-growing city on the map – theguardian.com
  • Mapping lava flows in Iceland – phys.org
  • Mapping the Syrian Refugee Crisis Across Europe: In Pictures – wired.co.uk
  • Transport for London’s new crash map immediately crashes – theregister.co.uk
  • Use this excellent mapping tool to figure out how long it takes to travel to every single place in London – businessinsider.com.au

Industry News

  • 1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography – eurocarto.org
  • Cartographica – utpjournals.press
  • Google sued over Waze’s alleged theft of map information – theverge.com
  • Apple set to boost mapping with Mapsense – spatialsource.com.au
  • 5 New Travel Startups Giving Mapping a Fresh Perspective – skift.com
  • Inside iOS 9: Apple Maps Gains Transit Mode and Nearby Search – macrumors.com
  • With $23M From Accel And Salesforce, CartoDB Will Bring Mapping To The Masses – techcrunch.com
  • Here Maps Will Perform Navigation Duties On Samsung’s First Round Smartwatch – ubergizmo.com

Mapping Applications

  • The Best Smartphone Apps for Drivers – blog.caranddriver.com
  • Astronomers Use Kickstarter to Save Mopra Telescope Mapping Milky Way – huffingtonpost.com.au
  • Mapping a Syrian refugee’s danger-filled journey to Europe – rescue.org
  • Mapping the ‘Urban Fingerprints’ of Cities – citylab.com
  • Google Maps Now Shows You if Climate Change Will Put Your Home Underwater – mic.com
  • Mapping the invisible scourge – economist.com

Cartographic Resources & Education

Marine Cartography

Using Technology for Mapping

Cartography and Research


  • Forest-Mapping Instrument for Space Station Passes Major Milestone – spaceref.com
  • The nerd’s guide to learning everything online – ted.com
  • Global Mobile Mapping System Market – Trends and Forecasts (2015-2020) – prnewswire.com
  • New mapping technology cutting costs on GIS – ferret.com.au
  • Location, Location, Location: How GIS Turns Up The Heat On Infrastructure Mapping – theurbandeveloper.com
  • Web Mapper, Mapping Straight – directionsmag.com
  • Can a Google Maps for indoors save shopping malls? – marketwatch.com
  • What Data Tells Us About Public Interest In Climate Change And Its Global News Coverage – forbes.com
  • Here’s Why Uber Would Spend $3 Billion on Maps time.com

Mapping for Publications

History Mapping

  • Introduction to Family HiStory Maps – discoverspatial.com
  • Here’s what India’s biggest cities looked like centuries ago – scroll.in
  • A Colorful Dot Map of America’s Immigrants – citylab.com
  • Mapping Australia’s dinosaur landscape – bbc.com
  • This 1960s British Rail map shows all London’s mainline services – but misses out the tube – citymetric.com
  • Mapping London’s great plague of 1665 – theguardian.com
  • Vintage Infodesign – visualoop.com

Art in Maps

  • Art from old maps  – kleinsungallery.com
  • The Map of Literature combines centuries of books and poems in one gorgeous illustration – vox.com
  • Ordnance Survey has turned its maps into printable colouring sheets – citymetric.com
  • A Nerd’s-Eye View of New York’s Most Complex Subway Stations – citylab.com
  • Project Linework – projectlinework.org
  • 11 maps of London you can actually wear – timeout.com

Map Gallery

Mapping Anomalies

  • Tiny hamlet of Trihi to vanish from the South Australian map in rare ‘discontinuation’ – abc.net.au
  • Say what? Mapping mispronounced towns across Canada – theglobeandmail.com

Mountain Cartography

Alternative Cartography

Announcement and CfP of the 11th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage


The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital announces its 11th Conference of the series Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage, to be held in Riga, Latvia, 20–22 April 2016.

The National Library of Latvia hosts the 2016 Commission Conference, which will run jointly with the 20th Conference of the Map & Geoinformation Curators Group (MAGIC) “The one who wants to last is the one who is willing to change”: old maps for new user profiles. MAGIC – the former LIBER Groupe des Cartothécaires – is the major commission partner since 2014.

For more information on important dates and contact persons visit the conference website: cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Riga2016/

Evangelos Livieratos,
Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital


Recipients of the ICA Map Awards 2015

At the biennial International Cartographic Conferences, ICA organizes an International Map Exhibition, where map products originating from ICA member countries are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in five categories. 


The international jury this year at ICC2015 was chaired by Kenneth Field (UK), who is also the Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Design. Further jury members were: Derek Clarke, South Africa | Amy Griffin, Australia | Anja Hopfstock, Germany | Lorenz Hurni, Switzerland | Alexander Kent, United Kingdom | Takashi Morita, Japan | Anthony Robinson, USA | Vit Vozenilek, Czeck Republic | João Bosco, Brazil (LOC) | Luiz Henrique Castiglione, Brazil (LOC)

Please find the winners of the ICA Map Awards 2015 below:


3rd place: Atlas of Typical Landform in Western China (China)

Atlases, 3rd place: Atlas of Typical Landform in Western China (China)

2nd place: Graphical and Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1914–2014 (Switzerland)

Atlases, 2nd place: Graphical and Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1914–2014 (Switzerland)

1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)

A comprehensive, detailed and high quality publication exploring all aspects of the Netherlands. The maps are clear, clean and well produced.

Atlases, 1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Atlases, 1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)

Digital products

3rd place: BeCarto 14–18 (Belgium)

Digital products, 3rd place: BeCarto 14–18 (Belgium)

2nd place: OV-Map (Netherlands)

Digital products, 2nd place: OV-Map (Netherlands)

1st place: Project Supra: Real-time Heatmaps from Sports Workouts (Finland)

An intuitive, digital multiscale map that presents detailed information in a legible and accessible fashion. Interaction is key and design is stylish.

Digital products, 1st place: Project Supra: Real-time Heatmaps from Sports Workouts (Finland)

Educational Products

3rd place: Collins First Atlas (UK)

Educational Products, 3rd place: Collins First Atlas (UK)

2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzle (Germany)

Educational Products, 2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzle (Germany)

1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)

An educational aid to understanding map symbology. A simple approach to teaching map reading techniques and alternative representations.

Educational products, 1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)
Educational products, 1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)

Other products

3rd place: Geological Textile (Japan)

Other products, 3rd place: Geological Textile (Japan)

2nd place: Belle-Ile: Relief map on demand (France / IGN)

Other products, 2nd place: Belle-Ile: Relief map on demand (France/IGN)

1st place and public vote: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)

A combination of spectacular lenticular maps in a beautiful loose-leaf style presentation case. A lavish product with high quality design and production.

Public vote and other products, 1st place: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)
Public vote and other products, 1st place: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)


Paper maps

3rd place: Occupying São Paulo – An Augmented City Map (Belgium)

Paper maps, 3rd place: Occupying São Paulo – An Augmented City Map (Belgium)

2nd place: Panorama Map of Kanto Mountains & Mt. Fuji (Japan)

Paper maps, 2nd place: Panorama Map of Kanto Mountains & Mt. Fuji (Japan)

1st place: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)

A large format oblique view which represents the terrain in an attractive style. The detail invites you to explore. Artistic cartography at its best.

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


Congratulations to all winners!

All winners will be contacted to be featured in our Map of the Month section over the course of the next two years. For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2015, please check the PDF catalogue.

Photos and jury statements provided by Ken Field.

Winners of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. The competition is first organized on a national level. The national winners can then compete in the international round, which takes place during the International Cartographic Conferences. This year at ICC2015, 189 drawings from 38 countries were exhibited. An international jury selected 12 winners in 4 categories. There was also a public vote, in which 287 people participated. Please find the wonderful results below.

Congratulations to all winners! Also a huge thank you to all participating children, their parents, teachers and national organizers.

Winners <6 years
1st: Adam Paketur (5), Lithuania – I live here

1st: Adam Paketur (5), Lithuania

2nd: Aleksandra Garkova (5), Bulgaria – The animals of the world

2nd: Aleksandra Garkova (5), Bulgaria

3rd: Ruwindya Indraratne (5), Sri Lanka – We'll fix the pieces to bring peace

3rd: Ruwindya Indraratne (5), Sri Lanka


Winners 6–8 years

1st: Andraž Umek (8), Slovenia – The whole world is on the same boat

1st: Andraž Umek (8), Slovenia

2nd: Adristi Hita Andani (8), Indonesia – Our Earth and Pollutions

2nd: Adristi Hita Andani (8), Indonesia

3rd: Luka H.del Avellano and Luana N.Salazar Harder (8), Mexico – We are part of all

3rd: Luka H.del Avellano and Luana N.Salazar Harder (8), Mexico


Winners 9–12 years
1st: Alexandra Papadopoulou, Maria Katopodi, Christina Louko (12), Greece – My place in today's world through my own vision

1st: Alexandra Papadopoulou, Maria Katopodi, Christina Louko (12), Greece

2nd: Maria Piątkowska (12), Poland – Europe is my home

2nd: Maria Piątkowska (12), Poland

3rd: Ada Maria Ciontu (11), Romania – Building bridges of peace across the world

3rd: Ada Maria Ciontu (11), Romania


Winners >12 years
1st: Liao Zhiyuan (15), China – A world of lotus, a world of harmony

1st: Liao Zhiyuan (15), China

2nd: Valentina Sturcz (14), Hungary – Let the music for everyone

2nd: Valentina Sturcz (14), Hungary

3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia


Winner of the public vote
Public vote: 3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

Public vote: 3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Members of the jury

Members of the jury

The jury members were

  • Necla Ulugtekin, Turkey
  • José Jesús Reyes Nuñez, Hungary
  • Ana Maria Garra, Argentina
  • Angelica di Maio, Brazil (LOC)
  • Rumiana Vatseva, Bulgaria
  • Giedrė Beconytė, Lithuania
  • Dariusz Dukaczewski, Poland
  • Pilar Sanchez, Spain
  • Robert Edsall, USA
  • Carla Sena, Brazil, substitute member

Get to know the new ICA commissions for the term 2015–2019

27 commissions and 3 working groups were elected for the term 2015–2019 by the ICA General Assembly 2015. We are currently in the process of updating the website to reflect these changes. Also some of the commissions are still preparing or updating their websites. In the meantime, we invite you to have a look at the short “Commissions at a glance” presentations, which the new commissions chairs gave during ICC 2015:


Announcement of the 1st International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts

Portolan Charts

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital announces the 1st International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 6–7 June 2016. The workshop is organized by the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon (CIUHCT) and the National Library of Portugal (BNP).


  • To assess the current state of knowledge and the range of opinion about the following aspects of research into the medieval portolan chart: When, where, how and why were the earliest portolan charts constructed?
  • How did the portolan charts evolve over time?
  • Were the portolan charts used in marine navigation and, if so, how; if not, what was their likely function?
  • To clarify the role of cartometric analytical techniques in the study of portolan charts.
  • To bring any other method to bear on these problems, such as the analysis of inks and parchments, special lighting to detect marks of use and to decipher illegible elements, and any other relevant approaches.

Organizing committee

The Call for Papers will be opened in October 2015. The programme will be published in March 2016.

Please find more information on the workshop website.

Congratulations to the ICA Research Scholars 2014/2015 #icc2015rio

ICA Research Scholars

Laszlo Zentai and Georg Gartner congratulate the ICA Research Scholars 2015 at ICC2015 in Rio, Brazil. From left to right: Zbynek Sterba, Taien Ng-Chan, Amin Mobasheri, Jiri Pánek, Merve Keskin

ICA Research Scholarships are entitled to foster academic research in the domain of cartography and GIScience, to establish contact between young scientists and ICA Commissions, support young scientists to be able to actively contribute to ICA activities and events and to establish opportunities for young scientists within ICA publications and conferences.

At ICC2015, the ICA Research Scholarships 2014/2015 were awarded to the following five young scientists:

ScholarPapers presented at ICC2015
Amin Mobasheri, Germany
Jiri Pánek,
Czech Republic
Merve Keskin, Turkey
Taien Ng-Chan, Canada
Zbynek Sterba, Czech Republic

Congratulations to all scholars!

Category: General News

ICA has its own anthem! #icc2015rio

ICA has its own Anthem! At ICC2015 the Brazilian organizers suprised the participants with the premiere of the ICA anthem, composed and texted from domain collegues of IBGE.

Orchestra playing the ICA anthem at ICC2015

Photo by @RoutledgeGPU

You can listen to a live recording of the ICA anthem here (4.3mb).

A video will follow but please find lyrics and chords available here (music by Márcio Carvalho, lyrics by Aline Milani and Jorge Tadeu):

This gift to ICA will always remind us of a wonderful ICC2015 in Rio de Janeiro!

Georg Gartner
– ICA Past President

Category: General News

Honorary Fellowship for David Fairbairn

David Fairbairn receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDavid Fairbairn receiving the ICA Honorary Fellowship
During ICC 2015, David Fairbairn received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Bill Cartwright‘s laudation:

Dear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to give the Laudation on the occasion of the awarding of the ICA Honorary Fellowship to Dr David Fairbairn.

I have known my colleague and friend, David Fairbairn for many years, having first met at British and ICA conferences. As well, David spent a sabbatical at my university whilst undertaking research in Australia.

David and I worked as colleagues for ICA, firstly when we were both Vice-Presidents of ICA, being elected at the Durban, South Africa General Assembly. In the next term we again served ICA, David as Secretary-General & Treasurer, and me as President. So, I know David very well and I am most aware of his dedicated work on behalf of ICA.

So some information about David: David’s ‘day’ job is at the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Here he is the Degree Programme Director and undertakes research in the areas of accuracy of crowdsourced data and geovisualization and querying of spatial databases.

In ICA he has held a number of positions, namely:

  • Vice­‐President of ICA in the term 2003–2007
  • Secretary-General & Treasurer in the term 2007–2011
  • He is currently the Chair of the Commission on Education and Training

David has also represented ICA, as one of the ICA representatives (with me) on the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies. The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) is a coalition of leading international geospatial societies that speaks on behalf of the geospatial profession at international level, especially to the United Nations and other global stakeholders.

He also supports the ICA agenda, by being the editor of the ICA column in the GIM magazine. He has also written many reference works.

In the United Kingdom, David contributes to the activities of the British Cartographic Society, the British member of ICA. He is a Fellow of this Society and he has been editor of The Cartographic Journal, the journal of the British Cartographic Society.

David has contributed to ICA over many years. He has worked tirelessly as Vice-President, Secretary General & Treasurer and Commission Chair of the Education and Training Commission.

I applaud his devoted work for ICA. I consider that this award to David recognises his devotion to activities that support and grow our Associaton.

Dr David Fairbairn – a most deserved awardee of the International Cartographic Association’s Honorary Fellowship.

Congratulations David.