The December 2014 issue of the newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children is available for download
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
The newest book in the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography by Springer has been published:
Research in the field of automated generalisation has faced new challenges in recent years as a result of technological developments in web-based processing, new visualisation paradigms and access to very large volumes of multi-source data generated by sensors and humans. In these contexts, map generalisation needs to underpin ‘on-demand mapping’, a form of mapping that responds to individual user requirements in the thematic selection and visualisation of geographic information. It is this new impetus that drives the research of the ICA Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation (for example through its annual workshops, biannual tutorials and publications in international journals). This book has a coherent structure, each chapter focusing on core concepts and tasks in the map generalisation towards on-demand mapping. Each chapter presents a state-of-the-art review, together with case studies that illustrate the application of pertinent generalisation methodologies. The book addresses issues from data gathering to multi scaled outputs. Thus there are chapters devoted to defining user requirements in handling specifications, and in the application and evaluation of map generalisation algorithms. It explores the application of generalisation methodologies in the context of growing volumes of data and the increasing popularity of user generated content.
The commission is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 9th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage. This event will be held in Budapest on 4‑5 September 2014. It is organized by the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies to Cartographic Heritage and the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics at Eotvos Lorand University.
Paper abstracts should be submitted via e-mail by 1 May 2014. Full papers, not exceeding 5.000 words, should be e-mailed by 1 June 2014.
Please find all details on the conference website.
More updates can be found on the commission website.
The symposium will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.
Five ICA commissions are involved:
For further information, please visit lbs2014.org.
Update, May 2014: The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP 2014).
The EU project “Geographic Information: Need to Know” works towards a more demand-driven geospatial workforce education/training system. The ICA is represented on the Advisory Committee for the EU project by Menno-Jan Kraak, Vice president of the ICA.
The project invites everyone to participate by completing two surveys:
GI-N2K aims to answer the question on how the education and vocational training in the domain of GI S&T can match with the actual job requirements in the job market.
GI-N2K builds upon the existing Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (GI S&T BoK) that was developed by the American University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, published in 2006 by the Association of American Geographers . The ‘BoK’ will be updated and brought into line with the new technological developments and the European perspective ( e.g. importance of INSPIRE in Europe).
The renewed BoK will apply an ontological approach and will take the form of a dynamic e-platform (wiki-based format) including tools to use, explore the BoK, to define curricula , training opportunities and courses and to define job profiles.
Two surveys have been launched and are available on the website: http://www.gi-n2k.eu/surveys These surveys are looking to inform the project on which competences are needed for GI-jobs and about the main competences being taught. Any individual or organisation is able to complete the surveys with a deadline of 05 February 2014.
For more information visit the project web page: www.gi-n2k.eu
The ICA is a leading international organization that plays an important role to improve the expertise and processes to make the information more readable and more accessible for all. Different contacts were taken with other organizations from Mali or Kenya such as SIL International which deals with the studies of minority languages and cultures around the world.
At the ICC 2013 in Dresden, Germany, a Memorandum of Understanding between ICA and EuroSDR (the European spatial data research platform for National Mapping and Cadastre Agencies) was signed by EuroSDR President Thorben Brigsted Hansen and ICA President Georg Gartner.
With this the already exisiting several cooperations between ICA and EuroSDR get a renewed and stronger framework.
The full text of the signed document can be found here.
An overview over all organizations, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ICA can be found here.