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Map of the Month 4/2016: OV-Map
Map of the Month 03/2016: Geological Textile
Map of the Month 2/2016: Occupying São Paulo
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What kind of map is needed to best aid human explorers of Mars? A Call for Maps by the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

2035 marks the target date for the first human landing on Mars as planned by NASA. In 2015, 47 landing sites or Exploration Zones (EZ) have been proposed by the planetary science community. These should be mapped in high detail in the forthcoming years to enable proper comparison of the 47 sites and the selection of the one finalist. For this task, the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography opened a Call for Maps.

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The project is to select one candidate landing site and design an actual map that you envision will be useful in surface operations. We ask that you do not create simply a geologic map, but rather a product that can be used by the astronauts during their approximately one-year long mission within the Exploration Zone. This requires creativity, and it is also useful to have a good knowledge of surface features, surface hazards, science goals and the use of the proper cartographic tools.

The contest is open to students, young professional cartographers, and graphic artists in any country of the world.

The display and format of the maps entirely up to the participants. All submitted maps must be accompanied by a short paper (in the English language). Deadline for the submission of maps and papers is September 1, 2016.

Please find all details about the competition on the following website:
planetcarto.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/mars-exploration-zone-map-competition

The contest is part of the International Map Year activities.

ICA News 65 now online

ICA News 65

We are pleased to announce that the 65th issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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This 32-page issue of ICA News is the first in the 2015–2019 term. In addition to many familiar features, it contains the first report by our new President Menno-Jan Kraak and introduces the new Executive Committee. It celebrates achievements of ICA award recipients and provides detailed accounts of the ICA General Assembly and ICC 2015 held in Rio de Janeiro. IMY celebrations around the globe feature strongly together with an invitation to ICC 2017 in Washington D.C.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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Joint ICA meeting in Vienna, November 8–9

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All chairs and vice-chairs of the ICA commissions and working groups were invited to join an ICA meeting in Vienna on 8–9 November 2015 to plan and discuss their activities for the term 2015–2019. 46 chairs, vice-chairs and members of the executive committee followed the invitation and spent two intensive workshop days at Technische Universität Wien.

Meeting participants

Commission chairs and vice-chairs

Working Group International Map Year

Executive Committee

Website

More photos of the workshop can be found on the ICA Facebook page.

Review of the LBS conference 2015 in Augsburg, Germany

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The 12th International Symposium on Location-Based Services was held in Augsburg, Germany, from 16–18 September 2015. It was addressed at researchers, industry operators and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or affined to Location Based Services (LBS). The conference featured Alexander Zipf from Heidelberg University and Xiaolin Meng from University of Nottingham as keynote speakers. An overview over the program can be found on lbs2015.tum.de. Selected papers are planned to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services.

– Jukka M. Krisp
Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services

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

Participants

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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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. 

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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:

Atlases

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 Puzzli (Germany)

Educational Products, 2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzli (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

Jury
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:

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Congratulations to the ICA Research Scholars 2014/2015 #icc2015rio

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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:

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

Congratulations to all scholars!

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